It’s time to prepare home, yard for spring

Gale Marple, a store manager for Solenberger's & Co. True Value Hardware in Winchester, stands in front of a wide variety of paint colors for customers with painting on their to-do lists. Ashley Miller/Daily

WINCHESTER – With spring right around the corner, now is the perfect time to start thinking about those neglected house chores that are typically sidelined due to the colder temperatures. From the interior to the exterior, preparing the house for spring now will ensure a happy, clean season.

Gale Marple, a store manager at Solenberger’s & Co True Value Hardware in Winchester, said winter is the best time of the year to start preparing for the always-busy spring and summer months.

“A lot of people tend to come into the store with a list of items they want to repair,” she said. With a wide variety of services and selections including electrical, power tool repair and screen cutting, Marple added there is no project they can’t help a customer fix.

“We see a lot of do-it-yourselfers,” Marple said. “With the growing popularity of TV shows on HGTV, people are becoming more and more creative not only inside their homes, but also outside as well.”

Here are some spring preparedness tips from the staff of Solenbuger’s:

Check interior systems: Spring and fall are the best times to check the home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. Check filters to ensure they have been cleaned or replaced. Stock up on all air filters if disposable ones are used. Test the home’s emergency systems including home alarms; smoke alarms, fire extinguishers, and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they’re properly working. Replace batteries in emergency equipment and technology.

Interior repairs: Winter is the best time to replace any damaged window screens before spring arrives. Brighten up a dull room with a fresh coat of paint. Replace damaged caulk around the bathtub and showers.

Interior cleaning: Clean out the fireplace from uses during the cooler months. Dust ceiling fans and radiators. Scrub walls, baseboards and outlets. Unscrew and clean faucets and shower heads. It’s also a prime opportunity to clean windows and sills.

Exterior tips: The colder temperatures have caused wear and tear for many homeowners. Take a stroll around the house and note what damage there may be. Notice any caulking damaged around windows, inspect the roof for broken or missing shingles and clean out gutters and/or downspouts. Pressure wash deck, patio and any concrete areas surrounding the home.

Landscaping/gardening: Ready those hoses and walkways for spring planting. Replace any cracked or damaged gardening hoses. Rake away leaves and remove broken limbs and branches from the yard. Prune all greenery before spring planting. Start planning those spring landscaping ideas and lawn care maintenance plans. Sharpen lawn mower blades.