Many people spend the long, cold winter dreaming of all the fun things they’ll get to do in spring.
From picking fresh flowers, to hosting a backyard barbecue, to taking advantage of one of the area’s incredible parks or forest preserves, there is no shortage of ways to go out and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine as spring comes back to Chicagoland.
At the same time, it’s important to make sure your home is ready for the changing spring weather. Your property’s most important systems may need a tuneup to recover after a tough winter season. Meanwhile, it’s important to get your property ready for the heavy rains and unpredictable temperatures that come with springtime in Chicagoland. You’ll also want to think ahead about how you can best prepare your indoor and outdoor spaces for the dry, hot summer weather that lies ahead.
One way to balance your spring fun with your seasonal checklist? Look for easy, accessible projects that take only a few hours and a little bit of equipment to complete. You may be surprised by how much the little details can add up, helping transform your space for the season — while still giving you plenty of time to kick back, relax, and enjoy yourself.
Looking to make a list of spring projects to tackle this season? Here are a dozen quick fixes and weekend chores that can get your Chicagoland home ready for spring in no time:
1.) Clean Out Gutters and Downspouts
Take advantage of the bright, clear days of spring to take a look at your gutters and downspouts. Get rid of blockages by clearing away debris, such as fallen leaves and branches, and run water through with a hose to make sure that downspouts are draining properly, away from the foundation. Getting this important task out of the way can help ensure that your drainage system will be ready for the spring storms to come.
2.) Look for Standing Water and Drainage Issues
In addition to checking your gutters, look for water that is draining toward your home’s foundation, as this can lead to flooding, mold, and damage to your basement or crawlspace. Similarly, look around for pools of standing water on your lawn or around your deck; these can be breeding grounds for mosquitoes and other insects during the warmer days of spring and summer.
3.) Focus on Your Windows and Doors: Repair, Wash, and Reseal
After a winter full of whipping winds and freezing rain, your windows and doors may need some care. Look for damaged screens, and take some time to patch up any gaps or replace badly broken screens. At the same time, look for gaps or cracks around your windows and doors, and add caulk to re-seal, as necessary. Finally, give your windows and glass doors a good washing, to help get them bright and clear for the season.
4.) Update Your Outdoor Decor
Feeling tired of your outdoor decor? You can make a big impact with some minor upgrades. For instance, think about replacing your outdoor light fixtures with modern new finishes, or switching out your current house numbers for a sleek, chic new look. Hang baskets of flowers or plants, and look for fun flourishes like outdoor rugs or colorful weatherproof pillows.
5.) Replace Filters and Clean Vents
Springtime is allergy season! Help everyone in your home breathe easier — and keep your HVAC systems performing at their best — by regularly replacing your furnace and air conditioner filters. Clean the vents around your home to get rid of dust, dirt, and allergens which can get kicked up into your space throughout the spring.
6.) Test Your Home’s Alarm Systems
This simple project should only take a few minutes, but can have an enormous impact on your household’s safety: When you set your clocks to “spring forward,” take some time to check the batteries in your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace defunct batteries as necessary. Try to check these devices to make sure they’re fully functional at least once every six months.
7.) Polish Up Your Deck, Patio, or Balcony
During the early days of spring, take some time to clean up your outdoor living spaces, to get them ready for the fun times to come. Sweep your hard surfaces with a dry broom to get rid of debris, then follow up with a wet mop or hose. Polish your exterior lighting fixtures, wipe down railings, and clean your glass windows and doors. Remember to be safe! Bring a buddy when you work outside, and avoid overextending your reach or relying on step stools or ladders.
8.) Clean Your Outdoor Furniture and Appliances
Once you’ve cleaned your patio, rooftop, or balcony, you’ll want to break out your favorite chairs, tables, and outdoor decor. As you set up your outdoor spaces, take time to clean your outdoor furniture. Wipe down wicker, plastic, or metal surfaces to get rid of that winter dust, and wash your outdoor fabrics to get them picture-perfect for spring entertaining season. If you have an outdoor grill, be sure to clean and service it before you start cooking up your first spring feast.
9.) Check Your Sprinkler and Irrigation Systems
If you have a sprinkler or irrigation system set up to keep your lawn looking pristine, don’t forget to give your set-up a look in the early days of spring. Check to see if any sprinkler heads were damaged over the winter, and be sure to adjust your system to make sure you’re not wasting water by splashing the driveway, house, or sidewalk.
10.) Look for Easy Places to Paint
Ready to bring in some fresh new colors? Spring is a great time to experiment with stunning new shades. Look for areas where you can add a pop of color in just a few hours, such as the front door, wooden furniture pieces, or small architectural flourishes like built-ins or door frames.
11.) Clean The Indoor Spots You Usually Put Off
Many of us like to take on some major spring cleaning at this time of year. Before turning your attention to all the dust bunnies calling your name, be sure to invest some time in cleaning those hard-to-reach or out-of-the-way areas you may tend to overlook, such as your door knobs, baseboards, light switches, outlet covers, and electronics equipment.
12.) Make Fun Seasonal Swaps
Feeling tired of your winter decor? Embrace the spring season by finding quick and easy switches, from replacing your centerpieces and table decor, to swapping out your heavy winter rugs for fresh spring textures and patterns.
Ready to Make the Most of Spring?
When the bright, warm days of spring come around, we know how important it is to be able to go out and enjoy all the wonderful things that Chicagoland has to offer. That’s just one reason why we’re so fiercely focused on making real estate easier, at every step of the way.
At Baird & Warner, our agents are local experts who know all the ins and outs of buying, selling, and living in Chicagoland.
As the largest independent and locally owned real estate brokerage in Chicagoland, the Baird & Warner family has earned success by always putting our clients’ needs first. With mortgage and title services in-house, our full-service approach can transform an intricate, complex process into one that is smarter and more seamless, so you can get back to enjoying the refreshing sights and sounds of spring in no time.