April Fast Fixes – Get a jump on the warm weather with these easy ways to improve your home
By: Megan BakerThis Old House magazine
Check Washer Hoses
Reseed Bare Patches
Fill bald spots by raking and sprinkling with garden soil and grass seed. Water regularly to keep seeds moist.
Fix Driveway Cracks
Winter ice can cause or broaden cracks in concrete driveways. For narrow gaps, apply a masonry crack filler; in wider ones, use patching mortar.
Clean and Seal Your Fireplace
Keep critters from holing up in your chimney by closing up your flue until fall. Then schedule a cleaning and inspection—you can often get lower rates in the off-season.
Replace Your AC Filter
Clean Your Doormat
Dirty mats are less effective at trapping dust and debris. Use a vacuum to clean out caked-in dirt so mats are ready for muddy spring shoes.