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Checklist: Get Your Home Ready for Spring

Trying to emerge from your winter hideaway is not easy. Get inspired by the nice weather and the promise of summer. Prepare your home for spring by using the following checklist:

Inspect the roof for winter damage: leaks, missing or broken shingles or tiles.

Clean gutters and downspouts.

Paint exterior. What areas need paint? How about a new color trim?

Check siding for loose nails.

Caulk any leaks or cracks in basement walls and seal.

Label and store removable storm windows and doors.

Make sure all doors and windows close and lock properly.

Wash windows, put up screens and patch any holes.

Remove all debris from the yard.

Clear away any remaining dead foliage and weeds from flowerbeds and lawn.

Begin spring landscaping projects.

Create storage for sporting goods, camping equipment, and garden tools in your garage.

Inspect, clean and repair outdoor furniture.

Check for termites and insects-call exterminator if needed.

Open windows to ventilate.

Give entire house overall cleaning.

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