March 19th is the first official day of spring. The weather is warm, the sun is shining bright, and many people are finding themselves with extra time at home. For those who are looking for something to do, now is the perfect opportunity to check off that spring-cleaning list.
Not only does a deep clean throughout the residence help you feel more refreshed, organized, and calm but paying special attention to some overlooked areas could help improve your home. We have compiled a list of home cleaning and improvement suggestions to include while you are tidying up.
Curb appeal is more important than some might think. Not only is the outside of your home the first impression people have, but it helps property value and shows pride of ownership.
Screened lanai cages – Clean any film or debris from the screen and check for areas that may need repair.
Pressure wash – Remove spider webs, water stains, brighten dirty facia and revive shutters.
Spruce up the mailbox – Paint or replace your weathered mailbox, add reflective and highly visible numbers, and perhaps create a small flower bed at the base of the post for a pleasing appearance.
Our homes are our sanctuaries. Keeping it clean and tidy may be a daily habit, but it is easy to neglect hard to reach places or overlook the things you see every day. Adding these items to your spring cleaning list not only beautifies the space but can add long-term benefits.
Air filters and vents – Turn off the power to the HVAC, clean the vents and vacuum the ducts, and replace filters if needed. This helps with dust and airflow.
Windows and window screens – Wash the windows, the sills, and the screens; and while you’re at it, check the caulking to make sure you’re saving energy.
Clean out tub and shower drains – Unscrew the drain and clean out as much as you can. You may even want to replace the drain cap entirely.
Scrub and seal grout – Thoroughly clean the grout with a toothbrush and either soapy water or a vinegar solution.
Baseboards and doors and window frames – Dust and marks collect on these areas over time. Dust, wash and even touch up with paint where it is needed.
Get ready to sell
Maybe all this spring cleaning has brought you to the realization that your current home just doesn’t fit your lifestyle anymore. Whether you’ve outgrown it, ready to downsize or want to live more maintenance-free, spring cleaning helps get your home ready to list.
Make minor repairs – Replace or repair dripping faucets, add a fresh coat of paint, and clean the floors and carpets. Anything you have been putting off or maybe didn’t notice before the deep cleaning should be fixed or resolved to give you the best possible value. This will help your real estate agent determine an asking price based on your home’s condition and the current market.
Declutter – Get rid of anything you don’t use regularly and no longer need, store items you want to keep but have no place for at the time, and give your home the appearance that buyers could envision themselves in the space. This helps with moving later on and keeps you organized.
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