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April is the perfect time to give the inside and outside of your home a bit of a refresh. Check out this month’s top to-dos.

Boost curb appeal If you're planning on putting your house on the market, keep in mind that spring is the busiest time of the year for buying and selling houses. Little things such as landscaping, a freshly painted front door or a new mailbox can make a big impact on luring in potential buyers.

Wash your windows Let the spring sunshine in by clearing dirt and grime from windows inside and out. After cleaning the glass, take an extra moment to wipe the window frame and sill.

Purge Go through your garage, basement, cupboards and closets and get rid of anything that you haven't used in the past year. A yard sale is a great way to clear your clutter while making a few bucks.

Wash siding Clear away the built up grime from our long winter using a regular garden hose with a siding cleaning attachment.

Clean gutters and downspouts Prevent water damage by ensuring your home's downspouts and gutter are flowing freely. Remove any debris and leaves that may have found their way in since your last inspection (hopefully!) from our March home checklist.

Bring out the patio furniture After all that cleaning, it's time to relax. Just be sure to give your outdoor furniture a good wipe first!

For more tips on how to protect your home, ask one of our expert advisers.