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Thrifty Tips to Help Prepare Your Home for Spring

By Jessica Ackerman

After a long, cold winter season, most people are more than anxious to get ready for the warmer days of spring. However, although you might be ready for spring, there's a good chance your home isn't. Here are a few important and yet inexpensive tips you can use to help get your home ready for the warmer weather.

Assessing Your Windows

If you're a thrifty homeowner, there's probably a good chance that you've spent the winter season with insulated window treatments installed throughout your home. Although heavy insulated draperies are the perfect choice to help block cold drafts, they can actually work against you when spring arrives. During the warmer days of spring, why not let the sun help you keep your home comfortable? Simply open your draperies during the day if you're not quite ready to take them down altogether.

While you're focused on your windows, now is also a good time to get your screens ready for the upcoming warm weather. The next sunny day, take them outside for a good cleaning, using a brush, some detergent if necessary, and your garden hose. Once your screens are back in place, open the windows on the next warm and sunny day. The springtime air will freshen your home and make everyone feel great.

Quick Indoor Cleaning and Maintenance Tasks

In addition to your windows, there are other areas inside your home that can use a bit of attention during the spring. You should definitely check and change the filter on your HVAC system if necessary. If your air conditioner is due for maintenance, this is the time to get it done. Dust the blades of any ceiling fans and vacuum your upholstery to get rid of dust that accumulated during the winter season. By doing so, you'll be far less likely to distribute this dust throughout your home when you start using your fans and air conditioner.

Spruce Up Your Patio

Spring is also the perfect time to get your patio spruced up. After cleaning your window screens, why not give your patio furniture a good scrubbing as well? Sweep the porch, patio or deck floor, removing any fallen leaves or debris that gathered during the winter.

It's also important to give your grill a checkup before you begin using it. Use soapy water to help check the hoses as well as the tank for any leaks. It's also a good idea to inspect your cooking grids in order to make sure there aren't any cracks. While you're at it, clean the burners and replace your lava rock if necessary. You'll also want to make sure that the grill's igniter is working properly.

Inspect Your Lawn

If you want to have a beautiful lawn this summer, spring is the perfect season to set the stage. Rake up any fallen leaves or debris that has accumulated on your lawn during winter. Treat any signs of insects, and freshen up your mulched areas. If the winter winds blew down any tree branches, get them gathered up. Finally, use the hose to wash down sidewalks, pathways and other concrete or stone areas. Before you know it, your home and your yard will be freshened up and ready for spring.

Jessica Ackerman is a freelance writer and works for She shares her wealth of knowledge on abstract metal wall hangings and contemporary metal wall art.

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