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Spring Maintenance

Spring is in the air and there’s no better time to organize your home, clean it, and get it ready for a new season. It’s also a good time to tackle clutter in the home, which can lead to fire hazards, excessive mould, and unwanted animals.

Here’s a checklist to help keep your home clean, clutter-free, and safe.

De-clutter

  • Swap out your winter wear and reorganize your closets.
  • Donate unused items such as clothing, shoes, electronics, furniture and books.
  • Shred unneeded documents that contain confidential information.

Around your home

  • Wash all floors, walls and baseboards.
  • Clean your carpets.
  • Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they’re in good working order, and change the batteries.
  • Clean your wood burning fireplace and have the chimney inspected.

HVAC

  • Change your furnace filter.
  • Service your air conditioner.

Outside your home

  • Clean up debris from gutters, near windows and around your yard.
  • Check your roof for damage and look for cracks in bricks and your home’s foundation.
  • Wash all windows and screens.
  • Ensure downspouts are clear and water runs away from your home’s foundation.
  • Check your deck and other wood structures for rot.
  • Clear above-ground pools of any leftover snow.
  • Trim tree branches and make sure they don’t touch your house or utility wires.