spring cleaning

If you’re trying to get out of Spring cleaning, we have the perfect excuse for you: Spring home maintenance!  Although your new home in Riverside, CA may look great, there are plenty of ways to Spring it up a bit. We have compiled a few tips here to help you make your new home looks its very best, including painting, cleaning gutters, and landscaping. So read on, make a trip to Home Depot, and have fun sprucing up your house.

Add Color

Your new home won’t need a paint job for years to come, but what if you just want different interior colors? Go to your local paint store and choose the first colors that jump out at you. Have fun picking your colors. Choose bright colors for children’s rooms and paint ceilings a different color than the walls. This is your chance to be creative, so go for it. Next, prep for the job. Tape off edges; clean dirty surfaces so the paint can form a strong bond; prime and texture wall patches to avoid a blotchy finish; mix several colors of paint in a large bucket for a consistent color throughout the room; to avoid lap marks, roll the full height of the wall and keep a wet edge; paint the trim first, then the ceiling and walls; let the paint dry, then cut the tape loose for a perfect edge.

 

Clean the Gutters

Cleaning rain gutters is an important part of Spring maintenance, as clogged gutters can cause a host of problems. The first step is to make sure you have a sturdy extendable ladder available. Once you have your ladder safely grounded, climb on up and begin. It’s best to use a small plastic scoop to remove gunk. Spare your lawn by dumping everything you clean out onto a plastic tarp. Once you’ve cleared the gunk, flush the gutters and downspouts with a garden hose. This is also a great way to spot leaks in your gutters.

 

Spring Landscaping

Now on to the fun stuff, landscaping. With just a little bit of prep work, you will be ready to plant a Spring garden and some colorful flowers. Start by raking the lawn to remove branches, debris, and leaves as these can suffocate the grass. Don’t be fooled if you can’t see any weeds, because this doesn’t mean they’re not down there just waiting to pop up. To prevent weeds from germinating, consider using an organic herbicide. Make sure you’re stocked up on garden tools, and get ready to plant. Certain vegetables and flowers are especially perfect for Spring planting. These include spinach, chard, lettuce, radishes, kale, and peas. Lovely flowers such as pansies, Christmas Rose, lilac, Acoma Iris, and grape hyacinth will reward you with splashes of color.

As you can see, adding some Spring pep to your new home in Riverside, CA doesn’t have to be a lot of work. Plus, it will get you out of Spring cleaning and give you a chance to enjoy the great Spring weather while allowing your imagination to flow freely.