Okay, I realize we’re still wearing winter coats and scraping the windows of our cars each morning. But this is Michigan, and that means it can change from a frosty 27° to a balmy 75° in about 12 hours. By starting now where you can, you will soon be able to enjoy a cold iced tea while relaxing in your favorite lawn chair while your neighbor is still trying to find the back of his garage. Here are some suggestions to get your home prepared.
□ Check home-safety devises.
Replace batteries in smoke & carbon monoxide detectors
Recharge fire extinguishers
□ Deep clean.
Clean ceiling fans and light fixtures, replacing light bulbs as needed
Clean out the refrigerator and freezer of outdated food items and condiments
Clean, pack and store humidifiers
Deep-clean the carpeting
Clean and air out heavy winter bedding and clothing before storing
□ Maintain HVAC units.
Once the weather does break, turn off your heating system
Change air filters
Remove and clean the filters for your air conditioner and have your unit professionally serviced as needed
Clean and install window screens
Bring out your patio furniture, cleaning and checking for wear or damage as you go
Clean your grill, filling the propane tanks or stocking up on charcoal and lighter fluid
□ Prepare your tools.
Cleaning out and organizing the garage or shed, moving winter equipment to the back, lawn mower and gardening tools to the front
Clean and sharpen trimmers, rakes and shovels
Service the lawn mower and fill gas tank
Hook up garden hoses and replace as needed
If applicable have your underground sprinkler system serviced
□ Walk around the house.
Check the roof for loose shingles that need repair
Check for cracks in the foundation, driveway and sidewalks and repair as needed
Remove insulated covers from outdoor faucets
Clean winter debris from landscaping and foundation
Check lawn for any dead/damaged areas and reseed
□ Enjoy the changing season and warmer weather!