Prepare Your Home for Spring: Four Things to Double Check

March 8, 2019

What's your favorite part of spring? For some people, it's all the beautiful flowers that pop up from the ground. For others, it's the return of warm patio weather. Maybe you're just relieved that all the snow is gone!

Whatever you look forward to with the arrival of spring, there are also a number of chores that should be completed around your home. Once you've double-checked that these four areas are ready for the warm weather, you can start enjoying your favorite seasonal activities. 

1. Decks and patios
After you've uncovered your patio furniture and washed down the deck, it's a good idea to inspect these areas for any nails that might be popping out or tiles that are uneven. Chances are that your deck or patio will be getting a lot of use come the warmer weather, so it's important that the surfaces are in good condition. After all, you don't want your kids stubbing their toes on a stray nail or getting splinters in their feet! 

2. Air conditioners

Another area of your home that might need a little tender loving care before spring arrives is your air conditioning unit. This is one of the best times during the year to schedule a professional check-up for this important home system. That way, you can file a claim under your HMS Home Warranty if there's a mechanical problem and get the unit back up and running before the dog days of summer roll around.

When you finally do switch your thermostats from heating to cooling, use the action as a reminder to give your furnace filter one last cleaning. After all, you never know when a chilly spring night will cause your heat to kick back on, and you want your heating system to be running efficiently if it does.

3. Window screens
Isn't it frustrating when you finally open your windows to let in some fresh spring air, but find that your screen got torn over the course of the winter? Don't let this happen to you this year! Take a few minutes to inspect your window screens for rips, tears or general wear. When you get this chore out of the way early, you'll be able to enjoy the warm spring breeze without letting in any pesky bugs.

4. Carbon footprint 

Many homeowners like the idea of going green, but aren't sure where to start. You can take a small step toward sustainable living this spring by evaluating your home's carbon footprint. Think small to start. Are you using energy efficient light bulbs? It's a small change that can keep your lights bright for longer. Another eco-friendly idea is to start a compost bin in your back yard. This eliminates the need to send your food waste to the landfill and gives you great fertilizer to use in your gardens. It's a win-win!