March 23, 2021 at 12:57pm | Ann Nguyen

Every homeowner knows that the change of seasons brings with it a new set of maintenance tasks to ensure that your home and yard look and perform at their best. When spring has sprung, certain tasks should be on your to-do list. If you’re not ready to tackle all the chores spring has to offer, start with these easy home maintenance tasks to ensure you’re on your way.

Inspect Your Exterior Walls
Between the wet seasons and extra time spent indoors, exterior issues are more likely to go unnoticed. Take a moment to examine your exterior walls for any issues like water damage or areas with exposed wood from paint chipping or critters taking a few bites out of the wood. If you spot any issues, you may need to enlist professional help.

Change Your HVAC Filters
Your filters should be changed seasonally to prevent your HVAC from overexerting. Dirty air filters can translate to a higher electric bill. The change of seasons serves as an easy reminder to change your filters, though if you have pets or live in a dusty area, you may want to change your filter more frequently. Thankfully, this task is relatively simple. Take a moment to swap your dirty filter for a fresh one.

Take a Peek at Your Basement
Winter can lead to dampness in basements. Take a quick peek at your basement—if your basement seems damp, consider using a humidifier to resolve the issue. Check for any spots that could indicate water damage as this is a bigger issue that will need to be resolved. While you’re sleuthing, use a flashlight to examine any exposed framing. If you see what looks like tunneling on the wood, call a pest control company as soon as possible.

Start Planning Your Garden
Getting your garden prepped and ready is a big task, one that you can take an entire weekend (or more) to tackle.  If your climate isn’t deep into the season enough to plant, or you simply don’t have the time yet, you can at least make your plans. Take a little time to map out your space and figure out what you want in your garden. This way you will be ready when the optimate planting time comes.
Home maintenance can feel like a never-ending chore, but if you only have a few hours, you can accomplish a lot. 

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