How to Get Your Home Ready for Spring: 8 Basic Tips to Transition Seasons|
It might seem premature to start thinking about birds chirping, bees buzzing and flowers blooming while snow is still on the ground (somewhere in America anyway), but you better start thinking about how to get your home ready for spring before it creeps up on you!
Who wants to stay inside and check smoke alarms when you could be enjoying the fresh air? Don’t waste vibrant springtime days doing things you could have done ahead of time. Get your home ready now!
We’ve put together a list of our top tips on how to get ready for spring, so when the warmer weather rolls around, the snow melts, and the colors reappear, you can embrace it.
Here are 8 ways to prep your home for spring:
- Get ready to cover your ears!
- Your dryer may look harmless…
- What about my filters?
- Leaks are no funny business
- What can you see out of a dirty window?
- When is the last time you cleaned your faucet?
- Ciao clutter
- It’s a great time to plan
How to Get Your Home Ready for Spring
As silly as it sounds, you can’t just start spring cleaning in the spring. You must prepare for the season before it actually starts! Make a plan for tackling your spring-cleaning chores and stock up on supplies. (You don’t want to wait until March and realize they’re sold out of your favorite Pine-Sol scent.)
There are also a number of maintenance tasks and chores to complete before spring arrives. Especially if you didn’t check your alarms, vents or filters on the first of the year (like you were supposed to).
1. Check the smoke alarms
Checking your smoke alarms is fast and simple, but super important! You should test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors once a month and replace the batteries once every 6 months. Check out these tips for testing, replacing and caring for your alarms.
Pro tip: it’s also a good idea to check or replace the batteries in your thermostat once a year.
2. Clean out your dryer vent
Even though you regularly clean out the lint trap filter in your dryer (you do, right?), it’s also important to clean out the whole dryer vent to avoid a fire hazard. Once or twice a year, disconnect the dryer, vacuum and brush out the vent, then reconnect it.
Pro tip: Find more detailed steps to clean out your dryer vent in this blog.
3. Replace filters
You should also get ready for spring by replacing your water, furnace and range hood filters. If you’re not sure how to replace any of these filters, you can research a solution online or hire a professional.
Pro tip: here are tips and tricks to replace different kinds of air filters.
4. Check pipes for leaks
Pipes can freeze during the winter (unless you live in a warm climate like Florida). So, if you can see them, this is a great time to check your pipes nearest the walls for any leaks or cracks, before you pressurize them in the spring.
Hint: If your water ever stopped flowing or trickled out of the tap on the coldest days, it’s a strong possibility your pipes were frozen; if so, call a professional to come by and look at your plumbing and pipes.
5. Wash interior and exterior windows
Don’t you want to look outside and enjoy blossoming flowers, green grass, and sunshine in the spring? Well, clean windows would make it that much easier.
Pro tip: if you have high windows on the outside of your house, hire a residential window cleaning company so you don’t risk a fall!
6. Clean faucets and showerheads
This may seem more like spring cleaning and less like getting ready for spring, but you’ll thank yourself later when you have one less chore to do.
Pro tip: Use a plastic bag filled with this do-it-yourself cleaning solution to clean your faucets and showerheads. It may sound crazy, but it works.
Don’t save decluttering until you’re ready to start spring cleaning! Declutter beforehand so you have less to clean, less to carry or move, and fewer items collecting dust. It’ll be much easier to clean without any clutter in the way.
8. Make a plan for spring cleaning
Well, you could’ve guessed this one. Getting ready for spring cleaning is a big part of getting ready for spring. Make a to-do list, map out when you’re deep-cleaning each room, and set a plan with a spring cleaning checklist. Oh, and don’t forget to buy cleaning supplies before the mad dash in the middle of March.
Bonus tip: self-storage!
Seasonal storage makes the transition from winter to spring much, much easier. Instead of keeping all your winter coats, scarves and boots in the back of the closet, clear out some space for your spring wardrobe.
You can even store holiday decorations (if you still have those up) or home décor in a storage unit to make room for sporting equipment and outdoor gear! Just check out our storage guide for all the ways you can benefit from self-storage.
FAQS: How to Get Your Home Ready for Spring
Q: How do you prepare for spring?
A: It’s easy to get ready for spring with this blog! Get your home ready for spring by checking your alarms, filters and vents, cleaning and getting out spring decorations!
Q: How do you prepare for spring cleaning?
A: Prep for spring cleaning by decluttering, planning and doing some tasks ahead of time! It’s also helpful to wash everything beforehand and purchase all your supplies early.
Q: Is spring cleaning necessary?
A: Spring cleaning isn’t absolutely necessary, but it’s still a great idea! Deep cleaning in the spring will remove allergens from the air, improve your mood, and encourage decluttering. Plus, who doesn’t love a clean house?
Q: How can I declutter my house quickly?
A: It can be overwhelming if you try to declutter your home quickly. Instead, take it one day, one room, and one trash bag at a time! Try to remove at least one item a day, or even make a decluttering checklist and cross out tasks when completed.
Wrapping Up: How to Get Your Home Ready for Spring
Whether you can’t wait for warmer weather and spring cleaning, or you love the snow and dread tidying up—spring will be here before you know it. So, you might as well plan ahead! Here is a list of tips on how to get your home ready for spring:
- Check the smoke alarms
- Clean out your dryer vent
- Replace filters
- Check pipes for leaks
- Wash interior and exterior windows
- Clean faucets and showerheads
- Make a plan for spring cleaning
While you’re getting your home ready to go for spring, don’t forget about self-storage! We make the transition from winter to spring a breeze. Just find your closest facility with our storage finder.
Sarah Dirks is a Content Writer for Store Space who enjoys watching movies, being active and cheering for the Boston Red Sox.