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Spring is here, so it's time to get your home ready for the season of April showers, May flowers, and the start of summer heat. We've got 10 essential spring home maintenance tasks you must do before you kick back with some soda, pretzels, and beer.

How do I prepare my house for spring?

Check your sprinklers to stop your front lawn from becoming your new pool.

Clean your windows and replace your screens – If you're removing storm windows, clean the glass, too, and make sure to douse screens in water and soap before installing.

Prepare your mower – Your grass will be green before you know it. Change the oil, gas, and filters if you didn't complete the necessary winter maintenance.

Check your outdoor plumbing – It's time to turn the water back on to your outdoor faucets and make sure it runs smoothly. Reconnect your garden hose but not before temperatures stay above freezing.

Check your sprinkler system – Leaky valves and sprinkler heads can lead to lawn puddles (which contrary to popular belief, do not make good slip 'n' slide end pools).

Trim your trees and shrubs – Keep those at least 2 to 3 feet away from the home, especially roofs.

Remove the gunk from your gutters and downspouts – You may want to do this before those April showers roll in. Remove any winter debris, or if there isn't much, consider waiting until after all the seeds fall (sometime in June). Jonathan Novalis of Novalis Roofing has a few spring cleaning gutter suggestions in Winter survival tips for your roof – expert edition.

Inspect and seal your deck – Help your wooden deck look its best all season long by resealing it, but check for damage or cracking. Replace any boards as needed, and if you have a composite deck – give it a nice shower with a pressure washer.

Keep your eyes peeled for termites – They swarm between March and June, so if you see winged insects flying out any holes in your home, first scream, run away, and then call an exterminator.

Inspect your roof – Winter can wreak havoc on your roof. Inspect it or hire a professional to take a look.

Prepare for the summer heat – Clean or replace the air filters in your air conditioning system, so it's ready when you need it. (Check the manufacturer's instructions.)

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