Spring Cleaning Tips That Pay Off

Judie Docs, Executive Officer – CSP, MCSP, CGP, CMP, MIRM

North Coast Building Industry Association (NCBIA) ncbia.com

Spring has officially arrived; birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, and homeowners everywhere are bracing themselves for the annual responsibility of spring cleaning. However, try not to think of spring cleaning as a chore, but as a chance to refresh your home. A few days spent decluttering, cleaning, and fixing can be like giving your house a spring spa day. Your home will be sparkling clean, ready for the summer, and – most importantly – protected from potential problems down the road.

Here are several items for your spring cleaning that will be worthwhile:

Inspect Windows:

  • Make sure all your windows open and close smoothly and do not have any drafts. Seal any leaks with caulk or weather stripping to keep cool air inside and your energy bills low.
  • Install clean window screens to let fresh air in while keeping insects out. Give your screens a wash with water and soap.

Create Cool Comfort:

  • Schedule a professional tune-up for your air conditioning system. A clean and efficient AC unit will keep you cool all summer and save you money on energy bills. Also, do not forget to replace your air filter every 3 months for optimal performance and a healthier environment.

Manage Exterior Chores:

  • Winter can be tough on your house, but especially your roof. Inspect your roof for missing or damaged shingles, look for leaks or signs of water damage inside your attic, and address any issues promptly to prevent bigger problems down the road.
  • Clean out your gutters and downspouts to ensure proper water drainage. Clogged gutters can lead to water damage around your foundation.
  • Spring is the perfect time to spruce up your landscaping. Seed and feed your lawn, plant beautiful flowers, and trim overgrown trees and shrubs.

Remember Safety First:

  • Working on a ladder can be risky. Always follow safety guidelines: use the right ladder for the job, ensure it is on stable ground, and never stand on the top two rungs.
  • Wear eye protection, gloves, and long pants when operating machinery.

Remember, focusing on these small jobs now will save you time and money in the long run. For more information about home maintenance, contact the NCBIA. We are your local not-for-profit trade association representing member companies involved in all aspects of home building, remodeling, and other aspects of services available to help you in the future as well as more information on the above topic. So, you can see it is for your protection that you use a NCBIA member. If you are unsure that your contractor is a member of the NCBIA or you are looking for a list of NCBIA members, you can visit our website at www.ncbia.com or call 440-934-1090.   We also have a job posting board (under the Industry tab).  

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