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For most of us dealing with the harsh realities of living in northern Alberta, the arrival of spring is like a beacon of hope & the promise that longer, warmer days are ahead – much needed relief after a cold, dark winter. I dunno about you, but I’m ready to exchange my thermals & parka for sunscreen, flip flops & margaritas!! Dig in the dirt, hang out at the fire pit & listen to the call of the loons (I may or may not be referring to some family members). Though the arrival of spring is welcomed, with it comes a list of home maintenance tasks that should be done in order to keep your home looking great and its systems operating properly. Check your gutters: Repetitive freezing and thawing over the winter could have caused ice dams, causing your gutters to come away from the roof. If they are damaged, repair or replace them. If your gutters are not catching the run off of melting snow and water from your roof, it can cause flooding around your home that could get into the basement. Your gutters should also be clear of debris. Check your Sump Pump: Likely your pump hasn’t had much action over the winter, so now is a good time to make sure the screen isn’t clogged, your lines are flowing properly & emptying away from your home. Clearing Clutter: During the winter it is easy for clutter to accumulate in your home and garage. If you’re ready to do a major purge, consider hiring a dumpster for disposing of broken appliances, furniture, yard debris and other junk that needs to go. Spring Cleaning Indoors, in a Nutshell: Spring is the best time to do those big cleaning jobs that usually go neglected during the winter. Wash the windows inside and out, wipe down your baseboards and clean out your cabinets (kitchen and bathroom), as well as your closets. It’s also a good time to clean your window coverings, vacuum out your furniture, clean your carpets & empty your central vac canister. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a date with Jose Cuervo & a couple of limes.