At the first sight of Robins and the warm sun everyone in Canada starts thinking about Spring and being outside.

Before actually opening up the deck and enjoying the outdoors there are a number of things that should be done prior to unloading the shed with the outdoor furniture. Here are 7 awesome tips to get your house ready to go!

Tip 1 – Downspouts and gutters

Spring rains bring spring flowers, but can also overflow the gutters and downspouts. Make sure any leaves that fell post clean up in the fall are removed so that they will be able to handle then inevitable rain flow! Make sure that there isn’t any buildup of ice or snow at the bottom of them and that they are draining well away from the house. While you are up there checking on the gutters – have a look at the shingles on your house. When was the last time you looked at them? Do they need to be replaced? Roofing companies start booking in early spring and if they need to be replaced, you might want to get on their list.

Tip 2 – Cracks

Each year our houses shift with the winter and you may notice tiny cracks in your foundation. If these appear, you might want to get them filled or fixed right away as over time these cracks can become a gateway for the rain water to come into your home. Secondly, cracks can form in your walkways and patio’s. Make sure that these are attended to prior to activities and patio furniture set up on your patio. It is always easier to fix something prior to having to move furniture around!

Tip 3 – Windows

Cleaning windows in the spring make everything fresh and clean. Many companies will come in and do a spring window cleaning – especially on houses that have windows on the second storey and ones that are hard to reach. While you are cleaning your windows, check to see if there are any cracks in the caulking around them. Cracks can let water and small animals into your house if not attended to!

Tip 4 – Yard clean up

Spring cleaning your yard can make a huge difference in the overall appearance of your home. Move the wood that was stacked against the house away from the house and cover it up to keep it dry. Moving the wood away from the house will ensure that bugs won’t nest in the wood up against the house. The same is for any junk/stuff that may have accumulated in the yard over the winter. Once the snow melts water pools and mosquitoes will grow!

Tip 5 – Equipment Clean Up

Outdoor equipment such as air conditioners, faucets, lights and BBQ’s that weren’t used over the winter should be inspected. Make sure that everything is clean and debris free. If the lights have been damaged they should be replaced so that everything is functioning and safe.

Tip 6 – The inside of your home

Once the outside is done, take a look at some of the items you use on a daily basis and tend to forget about during the winter. Dryer vent, – make sure it is lint free, now is the time to clean it out as you have access to it. Furnace filter, once you put a fresh one in if you use the blower for your air conditioner a clean filter goes a long way. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, if you haven’t changed the batteries now is a good time.

Tip 7 – Enjoy your home

Once all the work has been done remember to take some time in your yard to simply sit back and relax! All the hard work has been done!

Happy Spring