While it’s always a good idea to give your home a little TLC this time of year, that’s especially true if you’re planning to put it on the market soon. Breathe new life into your home with spring cleaning. Ensure your home will look its best!
- Declutter and Donate
One of the most important first steps is to tackle all of the clutter throughout your home, and a good way to do so is to have everyone make a donation pile. Anything that’s no longer being used can certainly be appreciated by another family, from old toys that the kids aren’t playing with anymore to clothes that have been outgrown. You’ll feel good about helping others while also making your home more organized.
- Window Washing
It’s always a good idea to have your windows professionally cleaned at least once a year and the spring is an ideal time to have them scrubbed inside and out. You might not even realize that dirt and smudges have accumulated over the course of the year, but you’ll notice the difference when your crystal-clear views are on full display.
- Landscape Clean-Up
Whether you make a family activity out of it or call in professionals, a landscape clean-up is likely in order because weeds, leaves and other unwanted debris has a way of collecting in the backyard during the winter. A fresh layer of mulch and pruning trees, shrubs and hedges will go a long way toward beautifying your grounds.
- Outdoor Furniture
After being cooped up indoors all winter, everyone can look forward to getting back outside. Thankfully, it’s time to brush off your outdoor furniture and take it out of storage or try revamping your backyard with a new set of loungers and dining table for al fresco entertaining.
- Fresh Coat of Paint
Calling in the painters to do some touch-ups around the home can make all the difference. If you’re the type who likes keeping everything in tip-top shape, a fresh coat is always a surefire way to remove the general wear and tear that shows up over the course of the year.
- Deep-Clean Carpets
To maintain a new carpet’s warranty, you may need to have it cleaned professionally every 12-18 months, Smallin says. Otherwise, you can tackle DIY carpet cleaning by renting a deep cleaner or buying a professional-style model designed for home use. Follow the directions for mixing the cleaning solution, rinsing, and drying carefully to ensure you get the best clean.
- Peek in your crawl space
We know, we know—you’re probably not stoked for this one. But here’s the cold, hard fact: A lot can happen down there during the frigid months. Critters can set up house, pipes can freeze or break loose from their brackets, and too much moisture can lead to mold. Open the door, kneel down, and train a high-powered flashlight on the ground. Most homes have a vapor barrier or plastic sheet covering the entire dirt floor, which prevents humidity from seeping into your insulation… and your home. Make sure this sheet is intact and hasn’t shifted or been ripped by animals during the winter months. Check for moisture, dripping, falling insulation, mold, or sagging.
HOME MAINTENANCE: Spring Cleaning Checklist
(from First American Warranty) Use this comprehensive Spring Cleaning Checklist as a guide, and tailor the checklist to fit your home and yard. Keep a realistic timeline as most of these items might take one to three days if you’re going room by room. It might seem daunting, but after it’s finished the pleasure of a clean home will be very rewarding. And as you work your way through the checklist and start enjoying a clean, organized home, the work might even start to be enjoyable!
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