Spring is a great time to take a fresh look at your home and tackle the annual cleaning chores, especially if you’re thinking about selling your home in the near future and need it to be in tip-top shape for potential buyers. Warm weather means you can open the windows to air out the house and clean away winter’s dust and grime before summer arrives. You may also want to check your home to make sure nothing has been damaged over the coldest months. If you’re not sure where to start, here’s a spring cleaning checklist to get you started.
During the winter, your home may deteriorate from cold temperature, increased dust and the winter debris tracked through the home. By the time the warmer air sweeps through, you’re most likely ready to push the reset button and clear out your home in preparation for a new season. Here are some examples of indoor cleaning chores for springtime.
1. Declutter First
Kick off your spring cleaning by decluttering your home. Go through the pile of papers on your countertop or sift through that one drawer where everyone throws unclaimed pens, pencils, key chains and other small gadgets. The change in seasons is also a great time to rumage through closets and sort clothes you no longer want or need for donation.
2. Heavy-Duty Cleaning
Spend time dusting areas you don’t typically clean on a weekly basis. Baseboards, flooring under the beds, bookshelves and other less frequently touched spots will benefit from a more thorough cleaning at this time of year. You may also want to wash windows and check upholstered furniture for marks or stains. If you don’t have time in your schedule to do a deep cleanyourself, consult a professional for advice or assistance.
3. Clean Appliances
Make cleaning your largest appliances a part of your annual spring routine to preserve their value and keep them properly maintained. Now is the time to clean your oven, washer, dryer, dishwasher and refrigerator. Consult the manufacturers’ websites or user manuals if you’re unsure which products to use or what cleaning procedures to follow.
When the weather changes, you’ll want to spend time working on the outside of your home to ensure it looks its best. To prevent water infiltration or other expensive issues, check for exterior repairs that need to be completed.
1. Clean Gutters
Inspect gutters and downspouts for backups. Be sure to take cautionary measures and follow proper safety procedures when working on a ladder. You may prefer to schedule a professional inspection and cleaning to remove fallen leaves or other debris from your gutters.
2. Caulk Windows
Make sure your home is properly sealed and no new cracks have appeared during the cold weather. Spring is a good time to recaulk windows and other exterior openings.
3. Get the Backyard Ready for Summer
Think ahead to the next season and make sure your backyard is ready. Clean away dead leaves and branches, and schedule landscaping services as needed. Set up the patio furniture, and think about upgrading your grill before the time comes for summer barbecues.
In addition to cleaning, you should also check your home for changes that may have occurred over the winter and schedule any needed inspections or repairs. Here are some items to examine in the early spring.
1. Check the Sump Pump
Take a look at the condition of your sump pump, and consult a professional if it doesn’t appear to be working properly. You should also inspect your basement for dampness.
2. Smoke Detectors
Test the smoke detectors throughout your home, and replace the batteries if needed. To check if your smoke detectors are working properly, press and hold the test button. If this causes the alarm to sound, then the smoke detector is working fine. If, the sound is weak or nonexistent, it’s time to replace your batteries.
3. Exterior Hose Bibs
If you plan to water new spring flowers and plants, check your hose bibs and the water line connection early in the season to make sure they aren’t leaking before you begin using them on a daily basis.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the amount of work you need to get done, try to prioritize the items on your spring cleaning checklist. Set daily or weekly time aside to spruce up your home, and don’t forget to add in time to shop for whatever items need to be repaired or replaced. Always follow proper safety precautions, and consult a professional if you’re not sure how to handle a particular inspection or repair. Save the tasks you enjoy the most for last, such as planting a garden or adding new flowers.
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