Now that it’s March, it’s time to make a plan for your home’s spring to-do list. Winter is winding down, and homeowners need to work on those yearly tasks in between the seasons to help prepare for summer’s worst. With spring comes rain and the potential for thunderstorms, and summer may bring extreme heat and other weather possibilities. This year, make it fun for the whole family by recruiting the kids to help you with your chore list. Here are five home maintenance projects for spring you can do with your kids.
1. Clean Gutters and Downspouts
After a long fall and winter, you’ll need to address your home’s gutters and downspouts to ready yourself for a wet spring. For the gutters, this job is best left to adults and professionals since you’ll need to get up on a ladder to reach this spot around your home. Have the kids help on the ground with the downspouts. Keep your kids occupied by giving them the task of clearing the downspouts. Let them remove the debris, such as leaves, branches, and dirt, from the downspout area to prevent water from pooling around the foundation of your home.
2. Get Your Garden Ready
Outside of your home, this is the best time of year to get your garden started. Kids can take the lead on this project, which will help them get excited about growing plants and vegetables during the spring and summer. Plan out the garden’s design with your children, and let them do some of the tasks, such as preparing the soil and removing the weeds from the chosen spot.
3. Refresh Outdoor Furniture
Warmer days and nights also means more opportunities for outdoor time with family and friends. It’s time to get your patio furniture out from your storage space and clean it up. Your kids can help clean grimy pieces of furniture with a simple soap and hot water solution. You can also make new seating arrangements that include the kids and help them get excited about spring parties and summer cookouts.
4. Service Your HVAC System
When the warmer temperatures arrive, you want to be ready with a functional air conditioning system. Servicing your air conditioner should be on top of your spring home maintenance list. While the kids won’t be able to help out with the technical aspects of HVAC servicing, they can get the area ready for your technician by clearing any debris away from the outdoor unit.
5. Clean the Exterior
Lastly, spring is an excellent time to get started on a master cleaning list for the exterior of your home. Your home’s siding, windows, and shutters may have a thick coating of grime on them that needs to be addressed. Bring the whole family outside and get everyone on board with helping make your home look as good as new again. Assign your kids tasks on the first floor, such as scrubbing windows and sprucing up the front door.
Your home can be comfortable and clean this spring and summer if you get started on these simple tasks now. Have your kids help you with some of your to-do lists to make everyone feel like they’re contributing to your home’s maintenance list.