March is here, bringing rising temperatures, longer days, and the first signs of spring.
Before the arrival of April showers, it’s a good time to get started on some spring maintenance tasks to shed the winter layers and give your home a fresh new start.
Groom your lawn. Get ready to mow by picking up debris that accumulated on your lawn over the winter. Fill bare spots with grass seed and fertilizer.
Clear gutters and downspouts. Prevent damage from spring rains by clearing out debris. Make sure water is diverted away from the home to protect its foundation.
Reseal exterior woodwork. Stain or reseal outdoor structures such as wood decks, fences, railings, and pergolas, to keep them in good condition.
Schedule air-conditioning service. Make sure your HVAC unit is working before summer arrives. Schedule service, if needed and don’t forget to regularly change filters.
Clean dishwasher filter. Unlock and remove the round dishwasher filter, rinse under hot, running water and gently scrub off debris (dishwashers made before 2010 tend to have self-cleaning filters).
Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Change batteries at least once a year and replace each unit every 7 to 10 years.
If you’re planning to put your home on the market this spring, contact your agent for recommendations on any repairs or improvements you’ll need to make your home shine and help you get the most out of your investment.