Spring brings with it not only warmer weather but also the instinct to clean out all of winter’s leftover detritus, both inside and out. ‘Tis the season of yard sales, donations, and good old fashioned scrubbing. With that in mind, here are some important things to remember.

Check your lease to see if you are responsible for gutter cleaning. If you are, you want to get that scheduled soon. Clogged gutters can lead to all kinds of leaks and problems down the road.

Also check your lease to see if you’re responsible for changing the filters on your heating/cooling system. If you have questions on the size, reach out to your property manager. Filters should be changed every 3 months, though if you have a pet you may need to increase the frequency.

You may be responsible for yard care in your lease. When you’re tidying up the yard, make sure to check for any outdoor drains. These should be kept clear of leaves, trash, and mud to prevent flooding issues during spring and summer storms.

This is a great list of places in the DC area for your spring cleaning donations. Remember the main rule of donations: if it’s not in a condition you would wear or use, recycle it instead.

Yard sales are a great way to get rid of clutter, especially if you’re planning to move during the summer. However, before you hold one, be sure to check the rules in your city (for example: DC regulations permit 1 yard/garage sale per 12-month period). And be double-sure to check that it’s alright with your neighbors.