Spring cleaning is more than just cleaning the inside of the home after the long winter months. It also means performing a few home improvements that have probably been neglected since the previous summer. As the salt that is used on the ground and the sidewalk goes away and the temperatures begin to rise, you’ll start to see where any cracks will appear and if there is any damage to the home. You want to scrub the salt off of as many items as possible, but if it’s rusted or just can’t come clean, then it’s best to throw the items away as the salt left behind will begin to damage the surface. Walk around the exterior of the home to see what needs the most attention before focusing your efforts on the smaller areas that could go untouched until warmer weather.
One of the first home improvement areas of spring that you need to examine is the roof. Look for any loose shingles or areas where there is damage done by excess leaking of snow, ice or rain. While you’re on the roof, look at the gutters to see that they are still attached. You also want to clean them to keep rain water moving freely as spring often brings some severe weather with torrential downpours.
Check the vents outside the house to see that they aren’t clogged. You also need to look at the filters to the HVAC unit as this is a time of the year that they need to be replaced. Examine the system itself to see if there is any damage from heavy snow and ice. The windows are another area of the home where you want to focus home improvement efforts as there could be cracks that develop from the colder temperatures and the warming of the air during the spring.