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10 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Spring

Ah, spring! It’s the time to shake off the cold winter months and finally enjoy the sunshine. With these helpful cleaning tips, you can prepare your home for the season ahead.

Test Your HVAC System
Warmer temperatures are just around the corner! Run a test of your air conditioning unit now to avoid a problem later. Please note that it is normal for the unit to emit a slight burning odor the first time it’s turned on. If you spot a problem, submit an online service request.

As the season changes, you’ll want to adjust your thermostat as well. To do so, please locate the make and model number on the thermostat panel and visit the manufacturers website for specific instructions.

Change Your Air Filters
We recommend changing your filters once a month when you pay your rent. Just be sure to jot down the correct size before you head to the store.

Replace batteries in smoke alarms and thermostats
According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month and batteries should be replaced at least twice a year. A good way to help remember to do this is to change your batteries when you change your clocks for daylight saving time

Dust Fans and Vents
Remove dust and dirt from ceiling fans and air-conditioning vents with a cloth and vacuum using a hose attachment. It will make all the difference in improving the air quality in your home.

Wash Walls and Baseboards
It’s amazing how much dirt tends to build up on baseboards over the course of a season. Grab a Magic Eraser and give these a good scrub. Additionally, soap and water will work well on walls ridden with smudges or stains.

Show Some Landscaping Love
The winter months take a toll on plants, shrubs and trees. Be sure to remove any dead plants and replant them with new ones.

Set Your Irrigation Timers
Typically, your landscaping will require longer and more frequent watering in the summer than in the winter months. If you have an automatic system, be sure to schedule a watering for the morning to allow the lawn to dry quickly in the sunlight. Watering at night can attract mosquitoes and other bugs.

Re-seed Your Lawn
Speaking of lawn care, it’s best practice to seasonally aerate and fertilize your lawn. To do so, use a spreader to cover the most ground. Start around the perimeter and then move back and forth across the lawn in an orderly fashion. Finish the process by lightly watering your lawn.

Plan Pest Control
As the flowers bloom and the grass begins to grow, critters and rodents will quickly want to call your yard home. Be sure to use a pesticide around the perimeter of your home to keep them at bay. An herbicide can also combat bugs and pests from destroying grass, turf and plants outside of your home. Consult your local home improvement center for products that will work with your type of grass.

If you have pets, ensure all products are pet-friendly and keep them away from the sprayed areas for 1-2 hours.

Pool care
If you have a pool (lucky you!), you’ll want to pay closer attention to skimming and cleaning skimmer baskets. Your pool vendor should have an agreed upon maintenance schedule already in place.

If you have any questions, please give us a call at 833.PRG.RESS or 833.774.7377.

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