6 Fast Fixes for April
Get a jump on the warm weather with these easy ways to improve your home
To avoid costly flooding, look for cracks and bulges in washer hoses and replace if there's any sign of wear.
Fill bald spots by raking and sprinkling with garden soil and grass seed. Water regularly to keep seeds moist.
Winter ice can cause or broaden cracks in concrete driveways. For narrow gaps, apply a masonry crack filler; in wider ones, use patching mortar.
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.
Before turning on your AC this spring, change the filter so that it runs with maximum efficiency.
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.