It’s time to spring forward this Saturday night! Here’s a helpful checklist that will help you prepare your home for the spring and summer months. For a printable checklist, click here.

  • Change your clocks: Spring Forward, Fall Back
  • Check and replace batteries in these devices:
    • Smoke Detectors
    • Carbon Monoxide Detectors
  • Check all light bulbs inside and outside of house and replace as needed
    • Use high-efficiency fluorescent bulbs
    • Stock replacement bulbs
  • Check flashlight batteries and replace as needed
  • Check your First Aid Kit and replace expired items
  • Check your Emergency Kit and replace expired items
  • Replace furnace filter and schedule seasonal scheduled service
  • Check pressure of fire extinguisher
  • Check kitchen water filter and replace as needed
  • Clean oven and stove
  • Go through refrigerator and pantry and throw away any expired food
  • Check the expiration dates on medications in medicine cabinet
  • Re-caulk the shower tub
  • Clean out dryer filter and hoses
  • Reverse direction of any ceiling fans
    • counter-clockwise in summer so air blows down
    • clockwise in winter so air blows up
  • Inspect childproofing measures in home if necessary
  • Check the following items in your car:
    • Lights
    • Windshield wiper blades
    • Fluids
    • Oil change
    • Check tire pressure and treads
    • Stock up on cold weather supplies for your car
    • Emergency kit
  • Update your computer’s virus scanner
  • Re-evaluate your home’s insurance policy
  • Review your family emergency plan
    • FEMA has a great plan available for download here