12 Maintenance Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Spring

Prep your home for spring — inside and out.

Maintaining a healthy home goes beyond dusting and vacuuming. When is the last time you checked your smoke alarms? How about the last time you cleaned out your dryer vent? Follow the tips below to make sure your family and home are ready for a happy, clean spring season.

Clean Gutters

Grab a ladder, and check your gutters for debris. Remove as much as you can with your hands (Don't forget to wear gloves!). Remove any leftover gunk with a garden hose. Take off any nozzle and have a helper turn on the water when you’re ready. Shove the hose into the downspout to power out of gooseneck bends. Make sure your downspouts channel water at least five feet from foundation walls.

Scrub Walls and Baseboards

Scrub-A-Dub Those Bathroom Tiled Walls

Scrub-A-Dub Those Bathroom Tiled Walls

Get scrubbing. Spray a generous amount of bathroom spray or pine cleaner to the shower or bathroom walls. Allow the cleaner to stand while other work is being done. Then go back and start scrubbing. Use a tile brush to scrub the grout and reach into cracks and corners. Then rinse clean.(A detachable showerhead is a fabulous rinsing tool.)

Photo by: DK - House Works ©2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - House Works, 2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Scrub all the walls — in the bathroom, kitchen, bedrooms and living areas — with a sponge or brush and mild soap and water. This includes baseboards and outlets. Make sure to completely dry outlet covers before replacing.

Replace Filters

Custom Kitchen From The Vanilla Ice Project

Custom Kitchen From The Vanilla Ice Project

As seen on season 5 of The Vanilla Ice Project , the outdated kitchen has been newly renovated with a cast iron stove, custom copper hood vent and a pot filler faucet set against a natural stone. The custom built cabinets feature upper and under lighting and crystal bling hardware.

From: The Vanilla Ice Project

Photo by: Tom DiPace/AP Images

Tom DiPace/AP Images

Replace all filters including water, range hood and air vent filters. You should replace these filters every 3-6 months depending on the type of filter you have.

Clean Faucets and Showerheads

Unscrew the faucet aerators, sink sprayers and showerheads, and soak them in equal parts vinegar and water solution. Let them soak for an hour, then rinse with warm water.

Clean Out the Dryer Vent

Fun and Functional

Fun and Functional

Fixer Upper Hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines created a new laundry and mud room for the Purks, complete with plenty of storage cabinets and shelving as well as a desk that double as a folding surface. A chalkboard backsplash will come in handy for taking notes. Brick floors were installed for a durable yet attractive look, as seen on HGTV's Fixer Upper. (afters)

From: Fixer Upper

Photo by: Sarah Wilson / Getty Images

Sarah Wilson / Getty Images

A clogged dryer vent can be a fire hazard. To clean it, disconnect the vent from the back of the machine and use a dryer vent brush to remove lint. Outside your house, remove the dryer vent cover and use the brush to remove lint from the other end of the vent line. Make sure the vent cover flap moves freely.

Wash Exterior Windows

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Hire a window-cleaning service to clean all exterior windows.

Keep Allergens Away

Special Retreat

Special Retreat

The crisp and cool guest bedroom, with dark azure and white beadboard walls and a modern coastal feel, includes an inviting bed, a spot to read and relax, and a large glass sliding door that opens to an outside deck with stunning views.

Photo by: Photos: Christopher Shane/Styling: Elizabeth Demos

Photos: Christopher Shane/Styling: Elizabeth Demos

Keep dust, mold and pollen at bay by decluttering your home, checking pipes for leaks and keeping the air clean. Follow these 5 steps to an allergy-free home>>

Check Foundation Vents

A house with a crawl space has vents along the foundation walls. The vents provide air circulation that helps prevent excess moisture and mold growth, and they prevent critters from taking up residence underneath your home. The screens collect leaves and other debris from fall and winter. Spring is a great time to clean them out and check for damage. Clean the vents by hand or use a shop vacuum. Repair any damaged screens — critters can get through even the smallest holes.

Clean the Grill

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DIY Network's Blog Cabin 2013 is a circa-1892 coastal cottage located along the Crystal Coast in North Carolina. The home has been remodeled, based on online voters' selections, and will be given away to one lucky winner in a home sweepstakes in Fall 2013. Pictured is the outdoor kitchen.

Photo by: Frank Murray

Frank Murray

Your grill has most likely collected dust during fall and winter. Help your grill live a long life with these maintenance tips, whether you have a charcoal or gas grill.

Prep Your Garden

Photo by: Julie Forney

Julie Forney

You can't have a successful garden without good soil. Follow these tips on how to prepare your soil to help you grow a lush garden.

Test Smoke Alarms

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Test smoke alarms and CO detectors, and change out batteries as needed. It's cheap, only takes a few minutes and can save your family's lives.

Clean Outdoor Furniture

Dining Alfresco Patio

Dining Alfresco Patio

The new patio at AMDL is ready for summer parties with a dining area and bar and grill. Both areas use metal furniture in various styles that tie the areas together.

From: America's Most Desperate Landscape

Photo by: Emilee Ramsier

Emilee Ramsier

Outdoor entertaining season is just around the corner. Learn the best ways to clean all outdoor furniture (recipes included), from plastic to canvas.

10 Ways to Refresh Decor for Spring

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Lighten Up

Bedrooms that seem so cozy in fall can feel musty and claustrophobic by spring. Want two ways to instantly lift the mood? Open the windows and air the room. And switch heavy bedding like quilts to lighter options – not just in weight, but in color, too. (P.S. A vase of flowers never hurts.)

©Sarah Dorio Photography

Go for the Green

Nothing says spring like plants – the newly green grass, the tender shoots of daffodils. But if it’s still a little too chilly to get outdoors, bring the plants to you. Whether it’s a giant fiddle-leaf fig or forced bulbs, plants will refresh the air – and your decor, too.

Photo By: Kapito Muller Interiors

Retire the Fireplace

After a long winter, doesn’t it feel good to empty the ashes and sweep out the hearth before closing up the fireplace till next year? Designer Emily Henderson gave this lake-house fireplace an added dose of spring style by stacking logs cut end out, giving the otherwise dark space textural interest.

Photo By: Björn Wallander for Country Living

Add Some Lilac

When Pantone named lilac-gray Serenity one of its top two hues for 2016, they made it one of the year’s biggest color stories. Pair this soothing tone with yellow, navy, peach or green. These lilac hemp throw pillows from textile designer Fabricadabra are the perfect way to brighten a room – and be totally on point.

Photo By: Fabricadabra

Brighten the Bathroom

Bathrooms get quite a workout in winter, between long baths, dirty paws and piles of wet kids’ clothes. Say thanks to your loo by giving it a decor boost. A new shower curtain is an obvious fix, but a bright spot to perch will work wonders, too.

From: Molly Kann-Carey

Photo By: Molly Kann-Carey

Let It Rain

Did your kids outgrow their rain boots this winter? Upcycle them into cute, colorful planters. You can also buy used boots for $2-$25 per pair, making this a super-affordable pick-me-up for your yard or garden. (See the entire project at Concord Cottage).

Photo By: Concord Cottage

Pump Up the Stairs

You walk up the stairs a million times a day, but do they give your mood a lift, too? If not, treat them to a facelift, either by painting the risers or wallpapering them. If you choose to wallpaper, keep the pattern simple (like these stripes) so the look doesn’t overwhelm your space.

Photo By: Lee Manning Photography

Stencil Some Curtains

Changing the curtains instantly changes the look of any room. But they can be expensive. To cut costs without cutting style, try stenciling some. Buy ready-made panels, stencils and fabric paint, and in just a few hours, you’ll have window treatments that will welcome spring.

Set the Table

If you’ve been eating dinner on the couch (and frankly, nothing beats mac-n-cheese and a cozy blanket in January), it’s time to think about dusting off your table. Make a meal a celebration with pretty runners, a few candles and sparkling cocktail glasses. Then have a toast to spring fever and kiss winter goodbye.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Paint Some Planters

One of the best things about spring is getting back into the yard. Kick off the gardening season with a dose of sunshine by painting planters, like these from Place of My Taste. The yellow-red combo is a one-two punch that’s guaranteed to knock out winter, once and for all. Well, until next year.

Photo By: Place of My Taste

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