A few fixes can save you in the long run. That’s why you shouldn’t underestimate the power of spring cleaning. This not only makes spring living easier but also saves you on large maintenance projects that are expensive and time-consuming (better to deal with that leaky faucet now before you get blind-sighted by a big fix and an even bigger bill).
Here are a few DIY tips to quickly spruce up some areas in need of TLC without forking out a chunk of cash.
Spring cleaning around the home
Check your eavestroughs and downspouts
Clean your eavestroughs and check that they are not loose or leaky. Improper drainage can lead to water leaking into the basement, leading to floods and water damage. Make sure your downspout extends at least 1.5 metres away (five feet) from your home so that the water drains away from your house and towards the street.
Examine your roof
Your roof keeps the elements out, and if a few shingles are cracked, loose or curling, it may be time to fix them before making the decision to replace the entire roof.
Do some landscaping
During heavy wind and rain storms, it’s common for trees and branches to cause damage to a home. If any surrounding trees look unhealthy, it may be time to remove them. Keep healthy trees pruned so that they’re not close enough to the home to do any damage, or take out utility wires should a branch break off or the tree come down.
Check your foundation for leaks and cracks
Leaks should be tended to as soon as possible to avoid any further damage to your home. But if you find any cracks, either outside or in an unfinished basement, mark them with tape. Contrary to belief, not all foundation cracks are serious and some hairline cracks are normal. Check them every three months and if they haven’t changed they can possibly be fixed with just an epoxy injection.
Clean your dryer vent
Prevent your dryer from suddenly breaking down by cleaning all the lint from the trap regularly. And make sure you clean the moisture sensors too to keep it working efficiently.
Spring cleaning your car
Your home isn’t the only thing that has weathered the winter. Your car is likely showing signs of wear and tear too. Primp and prime your car so that it’s ready for the upcoming season.
Give your car a good cleaning
Rejuvenate the interior of your car and prevent the material from deteriorating by vacuuming the upholstery and carpet to remove any dirt and road salt. Then move on to washing the exterior with mild diluted soap and dry your vehicle right away to prevent water spots and ultimately, rust.
Change your wiper blades
Wiper blades should be changed a couple of times a year. It’s a small price to pay for increased visibility, which decreases your chances of an accident and saves you a lot more than just some cash.
Switch back to your all-season or summer tires
Winter tires don’t like the warm weather. They’ll wear out faster and won’t work as well as your all-season or summer tires. A good rule-of-thumb is to put your all-seasons on when the temperature is consistently 7° Celsius or warmer.
Check your tire pressure and treads
Check your tire pressure regularly (including the spare) before a flat tire sneaks up on you while driving. Refer to your owner’s manual to see what your tire’s pressure should be. Also check your tire’s treads: tires are manufactured with wear bars and when the bar becomes exposed, it’s time to look into replacing them.
Take your car into the mechanic for a well-deserved servicing
Not exactly a DIY, but it will surely save you an unexpected costly expense in future. Take your car to a trusted mechanic for a spring tune-up. This should include everything from checking your car’s oil and other important fluids, to checking the filters, belts, hoses, lights (both interior and exterior) and the battery.
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