As you prepare for warmer weather, it’s time to air out the house and cleaning up dirt and clutter collected over our long Winnipeg winter. Getting your Home ready for warmer sunny days:
Here is a checklist with some basic and not so common tasks that are easily overlooked.
1. Window Cleaning
If you have storm windows clean them before you put them away so you know they will be ready in the fall. After a season of rain and snow the windows on your house will look dirty and dingy. A steam machine makes this job a snap but a regular bucket of soap and water with a squeegee gives professional results! If you have screens they can be rinsed off as well.
2. Barbeque Preparation
After a long winter break the barbecue grill is probably a little crusty from last year’s last party and in need of a good cleaning. Instead of simply cleaning the top grille area, now is the time to really get in there and clean out the grease tray and get that old sparker working again. Most major hardware stores will carry universal burners and sparkers for a quick fix. Don’t forget to take along that empty propane bottle for a refill. Check the date code to be sure that it is within the allowable 10 year period for certification.
3. Cleaning out the Garage
If you are like most homeowners, the garage is not just a place to park the car. There may not even be room to park the car anymore because of all the clutter! Time to put things in their place and throw out the junk. Or is a garage sale in order? Don’t forget to wash off that winter road salt or oil spots from the floor.
4. Prepare yard and garden tools
Trade the winter shovels out for rakes and gardening supplies. Get out any unused seeds or bulbs and start planning for your next planting. Plant potatoes and onions early and cover anything planted before June 1st.
5. Rain gutters and cobwebs cleaning
Use a good ladder and clean the goop out of the gutters. The decomposed leaves make great mulch or compost. Pay particular attention to the downspout. If leaves and debris are clogging it, water won’t drain properly, and along with the guck and mud you’ll end up with sagging gutters.
6. Cleaning out trash and recycling bins
This is the perfect job for that pressure washer that you hardly ever use. Lay the bin on its side and be careful of flood back as you work off the crud from the base. Check to see if there is a drain hole in the bottom and that it is left open.
7. Swap out Winter for SummerToys
Skis and toboggans for bicycles and fishing gear. Time to clear out all the extra stuff! Have your kids outgrown their toys? Why put them away if they will never be used again? There are many charitable organizations that will gladly accept good used toys. Or simply pass them on to a relative or friends.
8. Wash patio Furniture
When was the last time you actually washed down the patio furniture? For safety sake you should also check for any cracks or signs of deterioration on plastic or polyurethane items.
9. Refresh your gas mower or tiller
Be sure to dump out any old fuel and start fresh before trying to start any gas equipment. If you are handy, clean the spark plug and air filter as well. Have you mower blade sharpened and ready for that first spring cut!
10. Take a load to the dump
It always feels so nice to get back that empty space when you take a load of junk to the dump. City collections may have pickups for larger items in your area. Call in early to check on dates and availability.
Bonus: Prepare your Central Air Conditioner for a wonderful hot summer!
Your spring checklist would not be complete without checking on your air conditioner. If you have a winter cover, now is the time to take it off and put it away for the season. Use a garden hose to rinse off any surface buildup on the condenser coil being careful not to push too much water into the electrical section.
“For optimum results have a professional Air Conditioning Contractor pressure wash, cleaning and check over the complete system. Having you’re A/C unit serviced annually will save you headaches and money in the long run. Replacing a weak contactor or start capacitor is far less expensive than the resulting damage that could require a new fan unit or compressor.”
For fast service Call Tradesman at 204-888-2020.