With winter finally moving on, spring is a good time to take stock of what improvements can be made around your home to freshen it up and have it functioning optimally. A well maintained home is a wise investment. There is no need to spend a fortune, or to do everything on your wish list all at once. Let’s take a look at some basic things you can do to improve your home and retain the value of your asset.
Clean Up Your Lawn and Gardens
It is that time of year to put down a pre-emergent on your grass to get rid of the weeds. Maybe you want to aerate your lawn to give the grass roots more room to grow. It might even be time start cutting the lawn.
Weed your gardens and put down some mulch to cover the exposed earth. It is a little early to plant flowers, but you can start planning for that. A well maintained property is nice for you and for your neighbors.
Service Your HVAC System & Clean Ducts
A heating and cooling system should be serviced once a year. This will extend the life of your equipment and keep your home cleaner and safer. If you have a forced air system, consider having the ducts professionally cleaned to clear out any dust and allergens that have accumulated over the winter. Dirt and soot can build up in equipment motors, filters, and flues. Leaves and dirt can clog your outside AC condensers. If you have an annual maintenance service plan from your HVAC or fuel provider, take advantage of that service and get them in to clean things up before you turn on the AC for the summer.
Check Your Insulation
Now is the time to check the insulation in your attic floor and basement or crawl space ceiling. If it is in poor condition, such as being damaged from moisture, get a professional in to remedy the problem while the weather is warmer and dryer. Fiberglass batt insulation isn’t very expensive, but it is best installed by a professional like Clean Crawls that has the right tools and protective gear.
If insulation is missing, adding some to unheated areas of your home can greatly improve the comfort level and save on energy costs. Check out the Energy.gov website for more information on the importance of house insulation.
Get the Carpets Cleaned
Professionally cleaning your carpets at least once a year not only brightens up the house it also helps to maintain the carpet fibers. Getting rid of dirt, stains, dust mites, and allergens, extends the life of carpets and makes your home healthier. You can always rent a steam extraction cleaner for a day and do it yourself.
Refresh your carpets naturally by sprinkling a mixture of baking soda, diatomaceous earth, and essential oils on carpets. This will get rid of any mites and other critters and leave the carpet smelling great. You leave the mixture on overnight and vacuum in the morning. Here is a recipe for a non-toxic carpet freshener.
Improving and maintaining your home is an important ongoing process to keep up with the value of your property. Keeping up with this doesn’t need to be an all-in, overwhelming project. Make a plan and a budget and do things seasonally. Spring is a good time to do some of the basic clean-up projects outlined above.