Spring has sprung in Whistler and as the snow and ice melt away, it is time to turn your attention to your home and get ready for spring. For your convenience, I have compiled a list of small tasks that have big impact to give your home a mini-facelift for spring.
Lighting – Clean all light fixtures and replace all burnt-out lights with energy-saving bulbs.
Decks/Patios – Power wash and, if necessary, refinish and repaint your decks and patios.
Outdoor Furniture – Pull your outdoor furniture out of storage, making sure to wipe it all down. Spray a fresh coat of paint on furniture and replace any worn cushions.
Garden Hoses & Faucets – Check all garden hoses for holes and ensure that no damage occurred to faucets as a result of freezing during the winter.
Grill – Clean and condition your grill so that it is ready at a moments notice for your first BBQ.
Windows – While you have your power washer out, this is the perfect time to wash your windows.
Firewood – Move any firewood that you have stocked into storage areas, at least 18 inches off the ground and 2 feet from your home.
Door – Give your door some love with a fresh coat of pain. Polish the hinges and door knobs, and make sure that your doorbell works.
Walkway – Snow, salt, and cold can wreak havoc on your walkways and driveways so take this time to patch any cracks and replace loose bricks/pavers. A good power-washer can make a world of difference.
Gutters – Clear your gutters and downspouts before the spring rains.
Clean & Repair – Clear away cobwebs, tighten wobbly railings, and repaint posts and supports if necessary.
Furnace / HVAC System – If you have reusable filters, remove them and wash them down with a hose. Otherwise, you should replace them to ensure that your system is as efficient as possible.
Air Conditioning – Test your AC system and make sure it is in working order. If you wait until the first hot day and discover it doesn’t work, it will be much more difficult to find someone to fix it.
Windows – Wash all your windows and replace or repair all damaged screens.
Smoke Detectors / Fire Alarms – Replace batteries and clean out the dust from around the covers.
Humidifiers – Clean and store any humidifiers so they are ready to pull out next fall/winter.
Carpets – Deep cleaning your carpets with a steam cleaner is a spring cleaning must.
Refrigerator / Freezer – If you have a coil-back refrigerator, you should vacuum the coils at least twice a year for maximum efficiency. Defrost your freezer and wipe down the interior and exterior of both appliances. For maximum freshness, place a new box of baking soda in the fridge.
Make a plan – Think about what you want in your garden before you get started and make sure that you have everything you need on hand.
Garden Tools – Pull all of those garden tools out of storage and make sure all blades are sharp and ready to use.
Lawnmower – Make sure your lawnmower is in working order and, if necessary, take it in for a service.
Clear Leaves – Clear away any leaves leftover from fall. A think blanket of leaves can smother emerging perennials.
Weeds and Prep – Pull any weeds that have sprouted and fertilize and/or put down a layer of compost or composted manure on your gardens. Get out your large pots or other containers, clean them, and put them in place so they are ready to be filled. A well placed pot or hanging basket not only ads colour but can also hide any unattractive aspects of your house or yard.
Pruning – Prune and trim any deadwood or winter-damaged limbs from shrubs and trees. Remove any obstructive plants and overgrown shrubbery.
Starting Seeds – Now is the time to get some seed started indoors. Place them in windows with bright, but not too intense, light.