APRIL: Monthly Home Maintenance Guide
Here’s your Monthly Home Maintenance Guide for April
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“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want—oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” ~ Mark Twain
April is the month we can begin welcome the change of seasons, at least here is the Pacific Northwest. And with Spring Fever upon us, addressing a few details now will help prepare us for the entire season.
For a deep clean, supplement with our spring cleaning for allergies list. You might want to consider hiring a professional, but you can certainly do these tasks on your own.
- Carpet and rug cleaning. A nice steam will also help with keeping out the pollens.
- Window cleaning inside and out. Remember to clean screens.
- Draperies vacuumed or taken to the cleaners. Depending on your fabric, you can give it a good steam.
- Sweep and wash out the garage floor.
Now is time to address the home structure after the fall and winter months. You might want to consider hiring professionals for the exterior maintenance too, but again, you can do likely these tasks on your own.
- Get a good roof cleaning done, especially if you live in a wooded area where moss is an issue.
- Gutter and downspout cleaning.
- Eliminate moss in lawns and on sidewalks.
- Pressure wash the patios, walkways and exterior siding.
- Touch up house paint as needed.
- It’s also time to clean your grill and patio furniture.
- Get into the garden and do the weeding. They are going to come in like crazy so ease your summer and stay ahead of it now.
- Add mulch to your garden and flower beds as needed depending on your geography because this helps with adding organic matter to the soil, helps retain moisture and can keep down weeds. Be careful not to put certain mulches under trees or flowers.
- Get your irrigation/sprinkler system turned on and zones tested.
- Remove exterior faucet covers and attach hoses making sure they are in good condition.
- Prep garden beds and pots for spring and summer plantings.
Dividing your household maintenance into monthly tasks, addresses them each year so they won’t slip through the cracks, eliminates the overwhelm and helps you to enjoy the days ahead. It’s what I like to call, Set it and Forget it!
“No winter lasts forever, No spring skips its turn.” – Hal Borland