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Spring is officially here! And if there’s one thing that spring brings to the home, it’s a refresh. Spring cleaning is likely top-of-mind for most homeowners right now. But, there are few other items you should add to your April to-do list.
From getting your garden planted to maintaining your HVAC, these are tasks that will rejuvenate your home both inside and out. Here is your April home maintenance checklist.
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Tasks To Do In April
April showers might bring May flowers, but it also is the start of your springtime to-do list. After spending all winter inside, it’s going to feel great opening your windows and letting the fresh air in. But you may start to notice the areas that have been neglected over the last few months, not just inside but outside too. Here are the tasks you should try and complete in April:
- Spring Cleaning
- Home Organization
- Garden Prep
- Sprinkler System Inspection
- Decorating Porches & Entryways
- Pest Control Prevention
- Driveway Sealing
- HVAC Maintenance
1. Start Spring Cleaning
A good spring cleaning will leave your home looking and feeling fresh all-season long. This is more than just your weekly routine but rather a deep clean of your entire home. For some, this can be overwhelming, but it's best to take it room by room.
One of the areas you’ll want to be sure to deep clean is your carpets. After all, there’s likely been a lot of foot traffic over the winter. This is a must-do for any family that has allergies. The average cost to clean carpet is $168, with most homeowners spending between $137 and $181.
Another area that deserves a good scrub is your tile, especially in the bathroom. This can prevent mold and mildew from building up. To see how you can do this yourself, read 7 Tips To Clean Bathroom Tiles.
2. Get Rid Of Clutter
A large part of spring cleaning is getting organized and letting go of the things you don’t need. Again, take this step room by room and go through items in drawers, closets
Another task to add to your list is switching out fall and winter clothes, to spring and summer, allowing for more space in your closet. You likely won’t need the same warm wardrobe you’ve been wearing for the last few months. Use vacuum-sealed bags and store them away until you need them in the fall. You’ll be thankful you did.
You may even want to try a few new organization tactics to refresh your space! Read 6 Tips For Extremely Organized Basement Storage to see what you can do.
3. Prep Your Garden
If you’re ready to start your garden, you should already have a plan in place, especially if you’re planting a vegetable bed. Begin to plan out what plants you want where and even start a few seedlings inside. Then, when the weather has warmed a bit and there’s no risk of a freeze, you can plant your flowers and vegetables into the ground.
Before you do so, consider having your soil tested. This is a great way to know what plants will thrive in your yard and what you can do to help. The average cost to test soil is $1,142, but you could save money by doing this yourself, depending on what information you need to know.
4. Inspect Your Sprinkler System
Soon enough, your grass will need care, so it’s smart to inspect your sprinkler system before you need it. Reactivate your system for the spring and check to make sure each sprinkler head is working properly. One damaged sprinkler head and your entire system can be affected. The average cost to repair a sprinkler system is $235, with most homeowners spending between $154 and $247.
5. Decorate Your Porch & Entryway
Not all tasks for April involve cleaning and preparation. Put a little spring in your step by redecorating your porch and entryway for the season. Bright colors and flowers will welcome visitors cheerfully to your home. Decorating a front porch also helps to boost your curb appeal. Looking for inspiration? Read How To Decorate Your Home For Spring to see what you can do both indoors and out.
6. Pest Control Prevention
April means that termite season is just around the corner, among other insects that can possibly invade your home. For many in the southern region of the U.S., termites begin swarming as the weather gets warmer. While there’s no way to completely prevent them, you can check to make sure that there are no small cracks in your home where bugs can find their way in.
If you’re worried about pets this season, pros know the best prevention methods available. Contact a pest control contractor to learn more about how they can help you.
7. Driveway Repair
After a long and cold winter, there may be some new cracks in your driveway. Too many can cause damage permanently. A damaged driveway is also no help in improving your curb appeal! Now is the right time to repair your driveway and have it looking great for summer. The average cost to repair a driveway is $1,734. However, depending on the services needed, filling in a few cracks costs significantly less than resealing a large driveway.
8. Change Your HVAC Filter
While this is a task that should be done regularly, it’s important to make sure your HVAC filters are changed before using your air conditioner for the first time. Leaving in a dirty filter can cause increased energy bills and make it difficult for those with allergies, as it has collected more dust over time. Make sure your filter is at least changed for the new season.
Spring is a great time to get your home looking great. Use these tips to help guide you through what needs to get done this month to prepare you for the summer.
Did you fall behind? Read March Home Maintenance Tips to see what you should catch up on.