Check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
Your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are your first line of defense in a home emergency, and they need to be checked every so often. Many have batteries that should be replaced, and sometimes have expiration dates on them that let you know when it is time for a new alarm altogether.
Replace outside lighting with motion-activated lights
Not only will this help save you money on lighting costs, it will also be a security upgrade for your home. Outdoor flood lights are a deterrent against theft and trespassing on your property, and will automatically shut off when they’re not needed.
Your fire extinguishers can expire, so check them
Do you have a fire extinguisher in your home or garage? They will need to be recharged every so often to still work, and some have expiration dates where new extinguishers will need to be purchased. Check your fire extinguishers; you never want to find yourself with a non-working extinguisher when there is a fire emergency.
Check your water heater for leaks and corrosion
During the cold winter months, you’ve put your water heater through the ringer. After heating all your dishwashing and showering for the past few months, some wear-and-tear could be appearing on the tank. Check the water heater for any leaks, and examine it for places where corrosion could be eating into it.
Clean or replace your furnace filter
Similarly, your furnace has been working hard over the cold months of winter. Check the filter, and replace it if necessary. This can greatly improve the air quality of your house.
Schedule a home energy assessment
Did you think your heating costs were too high this winter? You may have drafts you don’t know about in your home. The spring is the time to have a home energy assessment team come out and run some tests, to see how efficient your home is at regulating its temperature. They’ll use an infrared camera and a “blower door test” to see where the heat is escaping. This is also great to do before air conditioner season is upon us.
Vacuum out your dryer’s lint trap and hose
This is one of the biggest fire hazards in the home, because lint is highly combustible. Vacuum out the lint trap after removing the screen from your dryer. Also, unscrew the dryer hose connected to the back of your machine and vacuum that as well, the lint has been building up for over a year and is a potential fire hazard.
Vacuum HVAC vents and baseboards
Your central air vents and baseboard heating can get clogged with dust and debris. Unscrew the coverings and vacuum out the vents and baseboards, and get your heating and air conditioning running at peak performance.
Pressure wash your vinyl siding
Mold and mildew can grow on any surface, especially if your home has damp or shady spots on it’s outside. Renting a pressure washer and blasting clean your vinyl siding will keep your house looking great, and your siding lasting for years.
Clean out your gutters
Nobody likes doing it, but it needs to be done. Heavy spring rains could spell disaster for your roof if the water doesn’t drain properly. That leads to rot and water damage under your shingles, and possibly in your attic. Grab a bucket, some gloves, and a ladder, and clear out your gutters.
Check the basement, check the attic
The winter is when pests come inside to survive, so the spring is the time to check and see if uninvited guests have done any damage. Check your basement and your attic for any insect damage or signs of rodent infestation.