Spring is in the air, and now’s a great time to get a jumpstart on spring cleaning and tidying up before the heat + humidity arrives in the Triangle.
Here’s a plan to get your house looking its best:
Paint your house.
External factors like humidity, rain, and insects contribute to the weathering of a house. Experts recommend giving your home a fresh coat of exterior paint every 5-7 years. This simple step will give your home fresh curb appeal — whether you choose to keep a similar color or go in a new direction. While you’re sprucing up the exterior, it might be time to update your windows and doors. Renewal by Andersen’s Augmented Reality Tool allows you to customize windows + doors to match your home’s style.
Tune up your air conditioning + HVAC system.
North Carolinians spend ~$110 on electric bills per month. A well-functioning air conditioning unit can improve airflow + lower energy bills during high-temperature months. You’ll want to ensure your HVAC system is efficient in the fall, too.
Clean and check your windows + doors.
Dirt, grime, and, yes, even insects can all get stuck in your windows. Experts recommend cleaning your windows regularly. However, after a long winter, it’s time to open up all windows and doors and give them a deep cleaning. Read: Get ready to scrub with soap + a fresh cleaning rag. ProTip: To keep your windows and patio doors opening and closing easily, vacuum or dust any debris that collects on sills and in tracks. Here’s Renewal by Andersen’s guide to window care + maintenance.
Noticing more extreme wear and tear (like cracks or damage to a window casing)? It might be time to replace the window or door completely. Schedule an appointment (virtual or in-person) for a free consultation with a local pro from Renewal by Andersen to see what options work best for your home.
Bug-proof your home.
Notice a hole in a wall, or is your patio door creaking? Unfortunately, these minor issues could allow pesky insects to find their way into your home. Fixing cracks in the foundation or exterior brick of a home can prevent bugs from entering your house. Another solution? Replacing windows or doors. Sealing up any gaps accessible to insects gives them less of a chance of getting into your home and creating even more damage.
Tidy up your yard.
Pull some weeds. Spread some mulch. Plant new flowers. Plan out your vegetable garden. Spending some time in the yard will get you some much-needed Vitamin C and fresh air after a long winter indoors. Bonus: You’ll get to watch flowers bloom all summer long.
Prep your patio or porch.
No one likes to step on a rusty nail or get a splinter from weathered decking, which can happen after a harsh winter. Replacing boards, painting, and power washing can all get your deck, patio or porch ready for warmer nights. ProTip: Wash cushions and pillows *before* setting them out on patio furniture. Ⓟ