10 Things You Should Have on Your Spring Cleaning List

Use this list to keep your home looking great, running efficiently, and maintaining its value.

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Add these chores to your to-do list this spring.

When everything in your home is working, it's easy to forget these simple home maintenance tasks. But ignoring them can lead to problems.

  1. Clean your dryer vents and vent lines.

    Lint build-up can force your dryer to work harder, reducing its life and increasing your power bill. Even worse, it can start a fire.

  2. Change the filters on your heating/cooling system.

    How often depends on the air quality in your home, type of filter you use, and your system's recommendations. A good rule of thumb is to check them once per month. Spring is also a great time to schedule a maintenance inspection for your air conditioning system.

  3. Check the batteries in your smoke, carbon monoxide, and security alarms.

    You have these systems to protect yourself and your family, so make sure they are working properly.

  4. Check your septic tank.

    Having your tank pumped every few years and changing the filters (if you have them) at least once a year will help you avoid expensive failures.

  5. Clean your refrigerator's coils.

    Cleaning the condenser coils every 3 to 6 months will keep your fridge running longer and lower your power use.

  6. Do a walk-around inspection.

    Look for problems like missing shingles, cracked siding, cracks in asphalt or concrete, rodent or insect nests, or areas with standing water. Finding and fixing these problems before they become major headaches can save you from costly repairs.

  7. Drain your water heater.

    Doing this once a year will help your water heater stay cleaner and run more efficiently.

  8. Check the electrical circuits.

    Turn your circuits off and on to make sure they are working properly.

  9. Clear your gutters.

    Doing this at least a couple of times a year will go a long way to maintain the outside of your home.

  10. Check your screen doors and windows.

    If you find a hole or tear, you can repair it easily with a kit from a hardware or home improvement store.

Following these steps will help keep your home looking great, running efficiently, and maintaining its value.

Remember, if you need help paying for any repairs, our Home Equity Line of Credit is a great option.

Source: CCHS, Easy and Effective Home Maintenance Guide, 2012.

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