Does your home smell?

Does your home smell?

Does your home smell? No, really. Does your home stink?

It's a valid question, especially if you're preparing to put your home on the market this Spring. It's a proven scientific fact that we familiarize ourselves with the odors and scent of our home, so much so that we "stop smelling it" and the topic of whether your home does indeed stink becomes a bit awkward.

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Hassle Free Weekly Cleaning Schedule

As we head quickly toward the New Year, it will be time to revamp our habits and resolutions! In case the organization of your cleaning schedule is on that list, take a look at this handy resource! It will help reduce the LONG cleaning days and the frantic quick pick-ups when someone calls to say they are on their way. In just 20 minutes a day, you can make a huge difference. Feel free to download this weekly cleaning schedule and laminate for ease of creating a new habit!

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Fall Cleaning Tips

8 WAYS - prep - FALL  

Even if you are not planning to sell your house any time soon, a little bit of effort today goes a long way towards the moment when you DO decide to list your home. These fall cleaning tips will allow you to be intentional – on a quarterly basis – and prepare your home, well in advance of that listing appointment with your trusted Realtor©!

 1. Gutters: Whether you live in a rainy climate, your gutters need to be cleaned on a regular basis to keep the leaves and other debris from clogging the passageway for water. Now is the best time to clean your gutters!

 2. Baseboards: The baseboards of your home may not seem like a big deal, but if they are neglected for too long, it can be a source of frustration when the time comes to shine up your home. Start by sweeping along the top edge of all baseboards, then follow up with a cleaning rag and warm soapy water (use dish soap or your favorite mild detergent). If you find the corners a bit difficult, use a cotton swab or a toothbrush.

 3. Window Tracks: If you are anything like us, the window tracks are often the last thing to be cleaned, yet they likely contain the most grime! Vacuum your tracks first (depending on how big they are), then using vinegar and a cotton swab, douse the tracks and wipe away! If you are feeling extra motivated, take some vinegar to your sliding door tracks as well!

 4. Lubricate your Locks: Locks are the often forgotten superheroes of our homes! Often times, however, we forget to maintain them like the rest of our home. Simply purchase a lock lubricant (graphite or Teflon based!) and insert the stem into your lock. Spray, and wipe up any drainage that comes from the lock. Repeat until you no longer have any grime escaping from your lock. To clean your deadbolts, simply open them to the locked position, spray and wipe any dirt. Repeat on all doors.

 5. Furnace: One of the simplest ways to protect yourself from an expensive furnace repair or replacement is to regularly change the filters. Do this at LEAST once a season, if not more often.

 6. Carpets: When was the last time you deep-cleaned your carpets? Don't save your steaming just for when someone has spilled or had an oops moment. Neglecting to properly care for your carpets can mean a much shorter life, and you'll find yourself replacing them sooner than you might have planned.

 7. Refrigerator Coils: A dirty set of coils on your refrigerator can increase the energy usage and limit the efficiency of your fridge! To clean your coils, first unplug your fridge and locate your coils. Older units likely will have the coils along the back and newer ones will either be under the fridge or in some cases, on the top. After you've located your coils, vacuum thoroughly and wipe away any remaining dirt or grime with a wet cloth or baby wipe.

8. Set your Thermostats: It's time to check your thermostat settings! If you have a programmable thermostat, consider scheduling your heating to operate at it's highest and most efficient settings. If your family is away from the house during the day, consider allowing the thermostat to begin warming up the home just before everyone begins to arrive at home. Plan out your overnight temperatures as well and watch to see if your heating bills are reduced!

 

Stay tuned for the winter version of our prep and cleaning tips!

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Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring Cleaning  

Even if you are not planning to sell your house any time soon, a little bit of effort today goes a long way towards the moment when you DO decide to list your home. These spring cleaning tips will allow to be intentional - on a quarterly basis - and prepare your home, well in advance of that listing appointment with your trusted Realtor©!

1. Assess your landscaping.

Spring is the perfect time to make changes to your landscaping. As new blooms are appearing, take stock in whether you have bare spots or if some of your existing plants could be split to allow for better growth and to fill in spots in other areas of your landscape design. If you have neighbors with flourishing gardens, consider a plant swap and share the love!

2. Change those Batteries (and prevent fires!).

When you change your smoke alarm batteries (recommended every year when the clocks spring forward), cover the battery terminals with black electrical tape before recycling so that the terminals don't touch when you recycle them.

3. Clean your Oven.

If you want to skip the harsh chemicals and hot kitchen, mix a paste of baking soda and water all over the walls. Follow by spraying white vinegar on top of the paste and let it sit overnight. The next morning, wipe the oven clean with a damp rag and rinse with water.

4. Declutter your Pantry.

If your pantry is anything like mine, it could use a good purge. Throw out anything with an expired date, and try a pantry challenge (creating a meal just based on items found in the pantry!).

5. Eliminate Clutter.

Moving right along from clearing out your pantry, it is now time to move those winter items (coats, boots and mittens) to your storage area. Clean the closets out and consider donating anything that family members have outgrown.

6. Scrub the Laundry (Room).

Take this opportunity to clean your lint trap thoroughly, washing the floor of your laundry room and cleaning your washing machine and dryer. It's easier to stay on top of the cleaning of these appliances instead of waiting until you are selling. The laundry room is often forgotten by the seller, until a prospective homebuyer peeks under the lid of the washing machine.

7. Return Screens.

Spring is in the air and it is almost time to open windows again! Remove the screens from their winter hiding spots and get them ready to work again! Take this opportunity to also wipe the windowsills, using a q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol for those extra small spaces.

8. Don't forget the Deck.

It's exiting to start thinking about grilling out, but don't be surprised when you open your grill lid for the first time and see that it's not quite kabob-ready. While the last of the snow is melting, get out there and scrub the grill. Wipe down your patio furniture and freshen up the pillows.

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