April Simple Home Maintenance Tips
Create Some Curb Appeal
Clean the porch, entryway, windows and windowsills. Wipe cobwebs from the ceiling and high corners. Buy a new welcome mat and plant some flowers. If you have furniture on the porch, clean it off and vacuum or wash the cushions.
Spring is a wonderful time to make upgrades to your home’s exterior. Even small changes — like putting up new house numbers or a new mailbox can make a big impact. If you’re planning to put your house on the market soon, increasing curb appeal can help attract potential buyers.
If you are considering a move, you’ll want to download our The ABCs of Selling & Moving here.
Mosquito and Pest Patrol
Warmer weather and longer days means mosquito season is near. Take preventative measures by regularly checking your property for standing water and remove it. Open containers and low spots in the yard are mosquito breeding grounds when there’s standing water. Check and empty flowerpots and fill low spots in the yard with some dirt and reseed.
Warmer weather also means more bugs. Call a pest control specialist, like Scott’s Pest Control to come inspect your home inside and out. They offer one-time treatments or regular bi-monthly services. Call them for pricing.
Driveway and Sidewalks
The freezing and thawing cycle can really take its toll on concrete. Check these areas for cracks and get them sealed. If you can’t do it yourself, have the repair scheduled.
Clean the Trash Cans and Recycling Bins
Since you probably couldn’t clean the large cans and bins outside over the winter, now’s a good time to get that taken care of. Spray them all down with a hose and spray in some cleaning spray or mild soap and scrub them with a stiff-bristled nylon brush. Rinse them out and drain them the best you can. Finish by spraying the inside of the cans with Lysol, or disinfectant of your choice, and let them sit out in the sunto dry.
Check Safety Devices
Test the batteries on your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace them as needed. A general rule-of-thumb is to replace the batteries every spring, or once-a-year and replace the entire until every 10-years. Also, periodically check for recalls—you can find up-to-date listings at Recalls.gov and type the item you're searching for into the SEACH field.
You can free up space in your home by clearing out unloved items and donating them to Moving Veterans Forward Nebraska, Goodwill, take them to a consignment store or have a garage sale.
Schedule HVAC Maintenance
If you have central air (A/C), be sure to schedule professional maintenance before summer. A properly maintained system cools better and uses less energy. Remember to replace the air filters every 1-3 months and keep the outdoor air conditioner unit clear of debris to keep your system running its best and longest.
Check Your Sprinkler System
Don’t wait until summer to get it checked, by that time you’ll probably be on a waiting list. A properly tuned system can save time—and water.
Check Your Door and Window Screens
Dirt and other debris can build up on your screens, so it’s a good idea to clean them at least once a year. For a quick clean, leave the screens in place and vacuum them with your vacuum’s brush attachment. To really get them clean, For a deeper clean, remove screens and gently scrub with warm, soapy water, rinse and put them back in place to dry. If you have multiple sized screens, don’t forget which one went where.
If you find any holes, repair them with a screen patch kit or replace the screen—even small tears can let in mosquitoes and other pests.
Clean The Garage
If you’re finding it to be a challenge to fit the cars in the garage that’s a good indication it’s time to organize. Clear out the junk, or treasures as my grandpa would call them and schedule time to take old paint, oil and other hazardous items to a recycling center that accepts them. Now’s a good time to think about installing a wall-mounted storage unit to keep things neat and off the floor.
Wash The Siding
Using a garden hose with a siding cleaning kit to clear away dirt, mold and mildew from your siding. If your siding needs a really deep cleaning we recommend that you consult a professional, while you may be tempted to use a power washer, it could cause damage to your siding by etching it if it’s vinyl or competely ripping it off your house.
Clean Gutters and Downspouts
Cleaning the gutters is probably one of the most important things you can do it you live in a heavily wooded area. Leaves from last fall could be lodged in the gutters and downspouts and prevent this spring’s rains from draining away from your foundation which could lead to problems like water in your basement.
While cleaning your gutters check for signs of winter damage. Nebraska’s snow fall this year caused a lot of homes to get ice dams which may have caused damage to your shingles as well as causing your gutters to droop or become unattached.
Paint the Fence, Danielson
Keep your fence and deck in tip-top shape by staining or resealing it each spring. Check the gates, fence, decks, rails and other outdoor structures and make repairs as needed.