Spring time is quickly approaching, which means it’s time to start thinking about spring cleaning! This is typically much more involved than the normal dusting, vacuuming and picking up after your kids that you do daily or weekly. Most people use spring cleaning as a way to de-clutter and reorganize their home. Being that we are in the business of buying, selling and maintaining homes, we want to share with you our top 3 ideas for spring cleaning on the inside AND outside of your home!
Let’s start with the inside.
1. Target dust mites, germs and allergens on the inside of your home. Some ideas of places to make sure to clean include: fan blades, light fixtures, book shelves, tops of cabinets and hard to reach furniture, undersides of your chairs and couches, exhaust fans, behind kitchen appliances, and your laundry dryer vent. In addition to vacuuming and wiping down these areas, don’t forget to change your HVAC filters! Removing all of the dust bunnies from these tricky places will make a huge difference on the quality of air in your home and will have less stress on your HVAC system. You’ll also thank us when you realize this helps keep your spring allergies in check.
2. Perhaps the most important task to remember is testing and replacing batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This is also probably the most simple on our list, but it could save your life, so we urge you not to forget this one!
3. Clean your ceilings and walls! We often clean everything inside a room but forget about the room itself. What we mean by this is to make time to wipe down and scrub your ceilings and walls. You may not notice any build up, but we promise it’s there. Trust us on this one, not only will it make your home look better cosmetically, it will help with maintenance and odors!
Now we will move on to your outside cleaning list.
1. Clean your gutters! Aside from removing the obvious build up from the gutters, pay close attention to the condition of your roof and make note of any problem areas. Look for missing shingles, rusted and pitted flashing and cracked caulk around pipe collars. You should also use a hose to push anything through the downspout gooseneck in your gutter system. Make sure this is clear before the spring rain starts coming.
2. Trim the overgrowth from plants around your home! Check to make sure there is nothing hanging over your home that could cause problems if a big storm was to come. Branches should be trimmed back at least 5 feet away from your roof to make sure there is not moisture buildup on the roof or siding. This will also prevent animals from using your roof, attic, or chimney as their home!
3. Ensure good drainage away from your home. If a system is already in place, make sure to inspect it often. This will help prevent mold, leaks, bugs, and mildew in and around your home. Make sure the soil slopes away from walls at least 6 vertical inches over 10 feet.
This list is of course just a start to the cleaning and maintenance that should be done on your home. We highly recommend spending a weekend getting these tasks finished and adding some more of your own to ensure that your home stays in great condition. Don’t forget to give us a call if you have any questions about this list or anything else related to real estate! 309-319-6030.