Spring into action and complete maintenance work now so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a hot dog on the grill at your perfect barbecue. Use this check list to give your home a smooth transition with the change in seasons.

1. Wash Your Home's Exterior

Depending on the siding you have, power-washing can potentially do harm. In most cases, a garden hose and a cleaning wand attachment is all you need. Remember to tarp your plants and shrubs!

2. Clean Your Deck or Patio

After cleaning a wooden deck, remember to treat the wood, stain and seal it once everything is dry. Most patio furniture can be freshened up with an all-purpose cleaner. On furniture cushions, you can use soap, water, and a soft bristle brush.

3. Tend the Garden

Lay down mulch to protect your plants from a drought, boost their growth, and give a finished look to your yard.

4. Air Out Your Home's Interior

Open all the windows and run the air conditioning on low to rid your home of any winter mustiness.

5. Swap Out Wintery Decor

Swap out your dark linens for a lighter look. Make the inside of your home look and feel like it's ready for summer!

6. Add a Fresh Coat of Paint

Notice any chipping or peeling exterior paint? Consider a touch-up. If you hire a professional, you'll want the work done sooner rather than later.

If you think you'll need professional help with any of these tasks, call me for a great vendor referral. Think you need an upgrade this summer? Call The Swede Team for more information so we can help you buy your next home!