Now that spring has officially arrived, it’s time to wash away winter (preferably with some March and April showers) and get ourselves ready for the warmer weather ahead.
While a new season always means new weather, it also means new home projects. But don’t panic, there are plenty of home DIY projects you can do yourself that don’t require you calling up a handyman or shelling out thousands of dollars.
From cleaning your own gutters to making sure your windows look as good as new, here are a few home DIY projects you can knock out this spring:
It’s very important to make sure you clean your gutters this spring, especially since there’s a good chance they may be clogged with debris. If gutters aren’t properly cleaned it can lead to mold, water damage, a leaky roof, and so much more.
First thing’s first, make sure you have a sturdy ladder. Grab a bucket and some gloves and make your way up the ladder, but only go up as high as you need in order to be able to reach the gutter. Work your way around the home and remove anything you find in the gutter, placing it inside of the bucket. You can also use a gutter scooper to clear any big chunks of debris.
Once the gutter is clear of junk, use a hose to flush the remaining bits down the gutter. Make sure your gutter is properly flushing by checking the downspouts. This project may take an afternoon to complete, but it’s worth it to keep your home in good condition.
Along with cleaning out the gutters, it’s also a good idea to give your windows a good washing once springtime rolls around. All you need in order to make the perfect streak-free solution is a bucket of room temperature water and about a teaspoon of liquid soap. Some people like to add a bit of vinegar, but it’s not necessary.
Once you have the solution prepared, take a sponge or scrubber and use it to clean every window. After each window has been properly scrubbed, use a squeegee to remove the soapy water. Work slowly to make sure the window is streak-free. Continue this process on every window and soon enough they’ll look as good as new!
Air Duct Cleaning
It’s always a good idea to clean out your air ducts about one to two times a year, but most people choose to get it done right at the start of spring. Start by turning off your thermostat, but leave the fan on. Use a paper towel to cover all the supply vents not being cleaning in order to prevent dust and dirt from blowing in and out.
Once everything has been covered, go into each room and start cleaning out the air ducts. Use a paper towel to wipe off the dust and dirt. You can also use a handheld vacuum to clean further inside the air ducts. After everything has been cleaned, you can replace the air vent cover.