• Check status of federal tax refunds: Most refunds are issued within 21 days after the IRS receives the tax return. Look up status at IRS.gov/refunds.
  • Spruce up your property: Check the condition of the roof and gutters. Replace drafty windows. Pressure-wash your deck. Organize the garage. Have trees pruned, and plant some new ones. Small, low-cost trees are available through the Arbor Day Foundation, ArborDay.org.
  • Plan a yard sale: Boost visibility by getting neighbors to participate. Advertise for free on GarageSaleHunter.com, GSALR.com and YardSaleSearch.com. Make signs with big letters. An arrow is more effective than directions.
  • Cheer for your golf favorites: The prestigious Augusta National Championship rounds are from Thursday, April 9, through Sunday, April 12. Details: Masters.com.
  • Jazz up your days: April is Jazz Appreciation Month. JazzRadio.com has free music. Dozens of events are listed at SmithsonianJazz.org.

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