Spring DIY Tips for Your House

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5 Home Maintenance Tasks Perfect For Spring 

Winter is over, and the months of finer weather and sunlight are finally upon us. However, before you start enjoying the spring and summer, there are a few things you should consider sorting out. Among these are many home maintenance tasks which would have been impractical to do in winter or that will be a drag to do in summer when there is so much better stuff to do. Get these done now and you won’t have to worry for months to come.

Maintaining Your HVAC System

Many people forget that their HVAC system is something that requires care and maintenance. Spring is a good time to check on your HVAC system due to upcoming rises in pollen levels and because the change in temperatures means your AC will be kicking into full gear soon.

One of the simplest and most important tasks to undertake is changing your air filters. This ensures your HVAC is effectively trapping pollutants like dust and pollen and keeping the air in your home healthy. Make sure you choose the right size of filter for your system — if your filter is not a common size, you may need to order a custom filter.

Reviewing Your Toolbox

Spring has always been the most popular time of year for people to declutter and go through their possessions. While you may have already planned a clear-out of your closets or kitchen cabinets, you may be forgetting one important area: your DIY toolbox.

With spring and summer being popular times for DIY, now is a great time to review the contents of your toolbox and make sure your kit is up to scratch. Let go of any old, ineffective, or poor-quality items and consider upgrading a few key tools. You can find detailed reviews for most tools on Tool Review Lab, like this one for a Black + Decker 20-Volt Cordless Drill.

Clearing and Repairing Gutters

Winter rains, wind, and snow can wreak havoc on your gutters, so it is important to get up there every spring to check everything is in order. Clear any blockages by getting a ladder up to your gutter and simply clearing away any leaves or twigs by hand or with a trowel. The Art of Manliness has a detailed guide to help you through the process, including safety advice.

You may also need to repair a gutter if you discover any damage. DIY gutter repair is not as intimidating as it looks, and most issues can be easily fixed with basic tools and materials. The most common problems are holes, leaky joints, and sagging gutters.

Inspecting Your Yard

Perhaps the best thing about spring and summer is the opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy your yard. Before you do this, however, you need to address the effects of the winter on your plants. In particular, check your trees for any winter storm damage and prune affected branches. If the damage is irreparable, you may have to call in an expert to get rid of the tree.

If you’re a lawn fanatic, rain and snow could have seriously damaged your beloved patch of grass. Post-winter lawn maintenance is all about being patient, waiting for everything to dry up, and then slowly reviving it with pH testing, fertilizing, aeration, and reseeding where needed.

Checking for External Damage

Your yard isn’t the only part of the house that may have suffered damage over the winter. Other elements to check for winter damage include the roof, siding, driveway, and foundation. Go through these and make any necessary repairs as soon as possible.

Don’t worry — you don’t have to tackle all of these projects at once. There are several months of spring ahead, and plenty of time to work through everything. A good idea is to choose a weekly time — such as Sunday mornings — to dedicate to these home maintenance tasks throughout the spring and early summer. By the time summer rolls around in full force, your home will be ready for the whole family to enjoy safely.

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