Today is Leap Day! This special day occurs once every four years, and it’s a great day for freebies and deals (especially if your birthday is today). It also gives us an extra day to put off our March honey-do list! 🙂
As spring gets closer (finally!), there are several things that you need to do for your home to keep it in good shape.
File your taxes if you haven’t already. Tax day is fast approaching! Make sure that you file your taxes before the April 18th deadline, and don’t forget to deduct any special homeowner tax write offs.
Examine your roof. Snow, ice, and wind can be brutal to a roof in the winter, and it’s important to make sure that there was no lasting damage caused by any severe winter storms you may have had. Take some time to inspect your roof for dark spots or shingle damage, and have any problems repaired before the “May Showers” part of spring rolls around.
Check the foundation. In addition to checking the roof for damage, check the foundation of your home for proper grading and cracks. When the rain starts falling on a regular basis, you don’t want to discover that the runoff flows directly into your basement through a major crack.
Check and replace any broken yard tools. Check all of your lawn and garden equipment, and sharpen dull blades, make note of any broken tools, and start looking for the best deals if you do need to replace anything.
Get a jump on spring cleaning. Make a vow to do spring cleaning right this year. Find a good deep spring cleaning guide online, and get started now so that you can relax and enjoy the weather when spring officially rolls around.
Start planning gardens and landscaping. If you plan to make any outdoor changes this year, now is the time to start figuring out exactly what you plan to do. If you start early, you’ll be able to keep an eye out for plant deals, classes, and other opportunities to learn how to improve your exterior.
Bring the outdoors in. After spring officially hits, there will be an influx of houseplants and flowers available at nurseries and hardware stores. Add some extra life to your home by adding a plant or two to your space. Depending on the plants you get, you might also improve your home’s air quality.