Spring cleaning isn’t restricted to organizing your personal items. As winter winds down, now is the time of year to take stock of what areas of your dwelling need to be refreshed. There’s no hiding drab and dull once the season of new life emerges. And little things add up quickly, so neglecting to evaluate the exterior and interior parts of your home at key intervals can lead to more money out of your pocket later on.

Start by creating a maintenance list, working from the outside in. Here are four ways to prep your home in time for the spring season:

Step up your curb appeal

March is an ideal time to start using your green thumb. As soon as the last frost passes, you can plant springtime flowers and vegetables. Clean up garden boxes by pulling weeds, spraying weed killer, and laying down a weed guard to prevent future invasion.

Vibrant colored flowers, bright green shrubs, and garden accessories can really make your property stand out on the block. Ask yourself,

  • How much time do I have to maintain a garden?

The answer to this question will help you choose what types of plants you want to invest in because some require more attention than others.

  • What type of sunlight does my space receive?

Some plants need more sun exposure while others require less, so knowing what your space looks like ahead of time will prevent the loss of new greenery.

The Spruce compiled a list of 11 spring flowers that can be planted now; if temperatures are still too cold in your region, you can grow the seeds indoors and transfer them outdoors later.

Get out of the gutter

Clogged gutters can cause costly damage to your home, such as harm to the foundation or the roof. Plus, gutters can become a prime nesting ground for pests, who find cozy spots to grow offspring in the congested area. Even though it is the less fun part of homeownership, proactive maintenance is good practice.

Technicians can check gutters as part of their exterior services. An inspection will determine if any blockages are occurring so they can be cleared out before other problems arise.

Don’t be green with envy

Have you ever been out on a drive, seen a beautiful home, and noticed green blemishes on the siding? Those marks are an indication that it is time to pull out the pressure washer. Typically, mold, dirt, and mildew cause unsightly stains on the external portions of the house, and mild weather is a perfect time to tackle it.

The only decision you have to make is if you want to purchase the equipment and supplies to do it yourself, or retain handyman services to do it for you. Whichever choice you make, the key is to ensure the proper materials are being used to avoid actual damage to your vinyl siding.

Give those walls a facelift

After checking the outside perimeter for areas of improvement, take a look inside at opportunities to enhance the look of your home. A fresh coat of paint can completely liven up any room. Whether the walls have taken a beating or you are ready for a change, there’s a lot of power in color.

And don’t feel required to take spring so literally when looking at paint samples. Reviving your home for the change of season isn’t so much about the pastel colors that represent this time of year as it is about the warmer months signaling an opportunity to breathe life into your space.

HPI offers a free in-home estimate on all services. This means homeowners can articulate their ideas while the professionals put those concepts in perspective. From creating a budget and timeline to deciphering which plans make sense, the team is designed to be a tool for your home. Call 410.757.2658 for an appointment.