With the recent snow fall, it’s tough to think that just next weekend, we’ll be finally change our clocks again (or finally getting our clocks right for those of you who never changed them in the first place), and spring is literally just around the corner. On March 9th (Sunday), we’ll all “spring forward” turning our clocks forward an hour (for example, if it’s 7:00, you’ll now have your clock read 8:00). There’s few better times than to get on the spring cleaning checklist than now!
As always, theÂ very first thing you should do when the clocks change are to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Take preventative maintenance a step further and replace ALL batteries (you’ll find that in most home, fire alarms work together to alert home dwellers of impending fire). Don’t know how to change out your batteries? Your local fire department can usually help! Â Check out our blog post on everything you need to know about fire and smoke detectors.
Got that checked off the list? Now it’s time to reinspect the home. After a harsh winter such as the one we’ve had here in Virginia, it’s important to inspect and reinspect the home for damage caused by freezing iceÂ before those April showers come around bringing their flood waters.
Electrical Check List :
Exterior Check List :
Plumbing, including Bathrooms and Laundry Check List :
There are TONS of pre-spring prep you can undertake for the next few months to make sure your homestead is weather worthy. In fact, the list above, borrowed from This Old House, has tons more things you can spend your weekend tinkering with!Â Here is a downloadable / printable version of the checklist we’ve borrowed from ThisOldHouse.com.
Don’t wait until after this go wrong to try to make them right. A little elbow grease now can save you a bundle later when those spring rains come rolling in. If you have anything else you’d like to suggest for the list, add it on ourÂ Facebook page!