With the first day of spring (March 20) upon us, it’s time for Spring cleaning. A lot of people just wait until they are ready to sell their home to really spruce them up. However, a home is just like a car. If you maintain them, they last longer. Let’s talk about a few things that can help your home last longer. There are things to do for the interior and exterior.
Starting with the interior, we’ll talk about some things to help you out. Notice when the weather starts to get nice, and you open the doors and windows? Well, you might notice the track for the windows and doors are dirty or have debris in them. Wipe these all down. You might notice how much smoother those doors and windows will close. Clean those windows, inside and out. To clean the window, try using vinegar. If you have screens, you might want to wash these as well. Did you use the fire place during the winter? Be sure to clean it out. You might want to call someone to clean the chimney. Curtains and blinds also need some attention. Some curtains and blinds can be taken down to wash. Some curtains you might need to take your vacuum hose to and with the blinds a rag to wipe them down. Try putting lavender in your water when cleaning. Actually heard a story where it made cleaning enjoyable – helped soothe the person cleaning. I think I’m going to try it this year. Don’t forget those baseboards. That ridge on the baseboard loves to collect dust and dirt. Some walls might need a bit of cleaning too. Use your vacuum brush or a rag to wipe them down, another area to test the lavender in water with your rag. Ceiling fans need to be dusted, and some need to be reversed for the new season. Be sure to dust when the lights are not so hot. Some people like to take this time to change shelving paper, clean out the pantry, and their closets. Of course you continue with the basics like cleaning the bathrooms, sweeping the house, mopping, vacuuming, etc. Don’t forget the pets, they might need to have their summer bedding cleaned or changed.
Moving to the outside exterior, lots of leaves have fallen during the winter. Get out the brooms and blowers. Get those leaves off your porches, decks, roofs, and driveways. Don’t forget the gutters. Leaves and debris always build up in the gutters. You can call someone to clean your gutters or attack them yourself, but be careful on the ladder. Once you clean the deck and porch, you might need to power wash and re-seal. While you are power washing, you might need to power wash the sides of your home. Whether you have siding, brick, stucco, etc., there could be mold build-up. If you had a rough winter with lots of winds and hail, I would highly suggest calling out a roofer to check out your roof. If your home has paint, you might need to re-paint. If you have a deck, they don’t last forever with wood. You might need to call a builder out to replace it, secure it, or just patch it. Now for the biggie, you should service that A/C unit. Having your A/C and heater on a maintenance schedule will definitely prolong their life. This is also a good time to call your builder to add that new deck, outdoor patio, cabana, pool, and whatever you dream up.
Most people wait until they are ready to sell to do a lot of these things. But why wait? You can prolong the life of your home and live in a clean and healthy environment. There are many ways to clean with non chemicals too. Put the family to work and it can be done in no time. Call your builder for help in any of the areas you don’t want to do or know how to do. Enjoy your home.
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