Springtime in Arizona, when the rest of the country is still dealing with the cold weather and snow, Arizona is beaming full of hikers on the trails, food and art festivals galore and spring training baseball to name just a few.

Now that your body and spirit are moving, don’t forget to show your home a little TLC.  These spring home improvements will make you fall in love with your home again.

Brighten Up

Bedrooms that seem so cozy in fall can feel musty and claustrophobic by spring. Try changing heavy bedding like quilts to lighter options – not just in weight, but in color, too. If you’re feeling like a little extra, try changing paint colors.

Bathrooms get quite a workout in winter too, between long baths, dirty paws and piles of wet kids’ clothes. Give your bathroom a decor boost. A new shower curtain is an obvious fix, but an extensive cleaning with some paint and some new caulk will also work wonders.

Clean Up

Speaking of cleaning spring is the perfect time to minimize the mess and clutter that winter left behind. Wipe down windows, walls, and floors; polish wood furniture; dust light fixtures and ceiling fans; organize the entertainment center; corral countertop clutter; and tame untidy toiletries. But don’t try to get all your spring cleaning done in one day. Focus on one room at a time and schedule different rooms for different days. Divide the jobs — vacuuming, dusting, window washing, organizing — among family members.

And springtime is a great reminder to deep clean areas too.  You should give carpets a quality cleaning once a year to eliminate deep-down dust, dirt, and food particle buildup. Hire a professional, rent a carpet cleaner from a local home improvement store, or buy a professional-style model designed for home use.

Windows

Leakage around windows will admit warm summer air and let cooled indoor air escape, so be sure to check that any caulking and weather stripping you have in place has remained intact. If you experienced condensation inside the glass on double- or triple-glazed windows during the winter months, that could mean the weather seal has been compromised, in which case either the glass or the window will need to be replaced.  Keeping your windows in their best state can help save on your energy bill as well.

Schedule a Tune-Up

Keeping up with your air conditioning unit will not only save you energy, but also extend its lifespan, thus saving you money in the long run.  It’s smart to have a contractor do pre-season check-ups, and the best time to schedule a check-up is early spring.

Typical maintenance includes:

  • Checking the thermostat settings
  • Lubricating all moving parts
  • Checking and inspecting the condensate drain
  • Checking the controls of the system

The spring season can be a fun time of year to get outside and literally smell the flowers and also take time to do some of the spring maintenance projects.