Checklist: April To Dos for Homeowners

Dated: 04/03/2019

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Checklist: April To-Dos for Homeowners

Checklist: April To-Dos for Homeowners

Spring showers and increasingly warmer temperatures signal the beginning of April —  a great month to prepare for gardening and summer living.

  1. Inspect for animal intruders. Just like humans, animals seek warmth in winter so look for evidence of squirrels, raccoons, rats and possums that may have clawed or chewed a hole in roof flashing to access your attic. If you find evidence of invaders, call a professional wildlife removal service.
  2. Trim tree limbs. Survey trees near your house for limbs growing too close to the roof or siding. Hire a professional arborist, if limbs are too high, extremely heavy, or near power lines.
  3. Organize and clean the garage and shed. Clean and organize spring and summer gardening tools and toys. Encourage family members to put belongings away in their proper locations.
  4. Eliminate mosquito breeding areas. Melting snow and spring rains may leave puddles around your yard or in landscape decorations. Remove standing water to discourage mosquitos.
  5. Check for wood-destroying insects, such as carpenter ants and termites, which can damage your home. Carpenter ants are relatively easy to spot outside, entering your home through small openings. Look for the mud tubes left behind by termites. If spotted, call a pest control professional.
  6. Time for an AC inspection. The hot summer is right around the corner, so it’s time to have your air-conditioning system professionally inspected. A service technician will inspect the air handler, clean the air conditioner condenser coils, inspect the evaporator coil and check the refrigerant level. (Many companies offer an annual package deal that includes the spring check along with a similar fall furnace tune-up.) Depending on where you call home, this chore can be done in April, May or June. Meanwhile, do your part to keep the AC system running smoothly. Change the filters on a regular schedule. Outside, keep bushes cut back from the condenser coils so they can breathe.
  7. Inspect the sprinkler system. Turn on the system and inspect as it switches from zone to zone. Check for damaged sprinkler heads. Replace or adjust as needed.
  8. Gardening goals. In March or April, depending on your climate, it’s time to start thinking about a spring and summer garden. Clear raised planting beds of debris, and turn soil. Start seedlings inside. Do not plant until after last frost date in your area.
  9. Provide nutrients for your landscape. Depending on your climate zone, March or April is the time to apply fertilizer and weed control. Consult local gardening experts.
  10. Spring clean. On a warm day in April or May, open up the windows and air out your home. Have carpets, upholstered furniture and fabric window treatments cleaned. Vacuum window blinds and behind large furniture pieces. If you haven’t already, clean windows and repair any broken screens.
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