I know it’s hard to believe, but spring officially starts next Tuesday. Yes, in just five days, winter ends and spring begins. With the “bomb cyclone” scare in January and all the harsh weather we’ve been hit with so far, it’s hard to imagine that spring is literally days away. In fact, they’re still expecting another possible Nor’easter to hit mid-week next week. Fortunately, the weatherman predicts sunny skies in our neck of the woods this weekend. It might be a good time to get a jump on your spring cleaning. Or, at least, create a plan of attack when Mother Nature decides to thaw us out. Here’s a helpful spring cleaning checklist for Basking Ridge homeowners to use as a guideline.
Spring Cleaning Checklist for Basking Ridge Homeowners
Basking Ridge homeowners should walk around the exterior of their house. Look for cracks in the foundation or seals around the windows. These will need to be repaired ASAP. Next, check the window screens for any tears or holes. If your home utilizes siding, inspect it for any damage or mold issues. A good power washing helps get rid of built-up dirt that may enable future mold growth. Then, clear the gutters of any debris to allow rain to flow freely from the roof to the ground below. If blocked, this could create puddling, causing serious water damage. While you’re up there, make a visual inspection of the roof to see if you see any holes, cracks, puddling, tears, etc. Get that fixed as soon as possible as well to avoid costlier fixes later on.
After you’re done with those items, canvass the yard in search of overgrown brush and other vegetation. Remove any fallen tree limbs or other debris that create a tripping hazard for pedestrians or could damage your vehicles. Then, run your sprinklers to see if they all work properly. Replace any broken sprinkler heads and call out a professional to service them if they don’t work right. That way, you know they’ll be working correctly when you need them later on in the season. Finally, scan your decking and patio for loose rails, broken wood/stone/pavers, and general wear and tear. When the weather allows, you may need to reseal your wooden deck to extend its lifetime.
Now, to the inside of your home. Basking Ridge homeowners should concentrate their efforts on “high traffic” areas. These include the kitchen, bathrooms, living room, front entryway, mud room, etc. A new coat of paint breathes new life into a room and is relatively cheap and easy to do yourself. If your carpet is beyond the help a deep cleaning would provide, it might be time to replace it. Look for spring flooring specials to be advertised soon around your neighborhood.
Doors and windows are the biggest perpetrators of air loss in your house. In winter, they might let heat out. In summer, cold air escapes from them. Scrutinize the sealing around the frames of your exterior doors and all windows. If you see daylight through your front door, it might be hung wrong. That requires a professional to come out and fix. Replace worn or cracked caulking around your windows.
While we’re at it, spring is a great time to change out the filters for your air conditioning unit and your heat pump. Have a professional service your water heater and air conditioning system in the spring, too. You don’t want to turn on your air conditioner when it starts to get hot just to find out that it isn’t working. To keep it running efficiently, change your AC filters every three months in the fall, winter and spring. But in the summer, you should change it every six to eight weeks. Your heat pump filters need to be cleaned once a month.
While this doesn’t include absolutely everything, our spring cleaning checklist provides a great reference point for Basking Ridge homeowners to start. Break up the list into sections and tackle a chore or two each weekend. You don’t want to feel overwhelmed. Good luck!
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