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Spring Cleaning Tips: How to Improve the Value of Your Home

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Warmer weather brings the opportunity to get your house into tip-top shape. Spring cleaning and maintenance is more than just making your house look better. Cleaning can also prevent damages, create a safer living environment and get your home ready for an inspection if you’re thinking of putting your house on the market.

A clean home demonstrates you care about your house and take good care of it. If you’re putting your house up for sale, don’t make the mistake of thinking potential buyers can see past stuff: they can’t.

Spring cleaning means deep cleaning. After you vacuum, steam clean. After sweeping, mop the floors. Move the furniture and refrigerator. Dust edges and corners. Make sure every nook and cranny of your home receives special attention.

Here are 17 spring cleaning tips for a cleaner, safer home.

  1. Floors, Countertops and Fixtures

When it comes to cleaning floors, countertops and fixtures, start by removing dirt and food particles. Then clean using a disinfectant. Many people think that bleach effectively cleans these types of surfaces. Germs can linger when you clean with a bleach solution; using a disinfectant will kill germs for a longer time.

  1. Carpets

Hire a reputable carpet cleaning company or invest in quality carpet cleaning equipment. If the carpet is left wet for too long, issues such as mold, odors and shrinkage can occur.

  1. Dryer Lint Hose

Even if you are careful to clean out your lint trap regularly, lint build-up can easily clog the hose of your dryer. Lint build-up can reduce the efficiency of your dryer and raise the risk of a fire. Dryer lint is highly flammable; a single spark can ignite it.

  1. Drains

Clogged drains can lead to sewer back up, overflowing drains and damaged elements. Toothpaste, hair and debris can clog your drains. Open them up again by dislodging grime deposits. Plunging, snaking and hot water can help restore your drains to good working order.

  1. Batteries in Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Did you know that 3 out of 5 home fire deaths occur in homes that do not have working smoke alarms? According to the United States Fire Administration (USFA), smoke detectors should be tested monthly and batteries should be replaced one or twice a year. Some people set a reminder to replace their batteries when they change their clocks as daylight savings time begins and ends.

  1. Tile Grout

Cleaning tile grout can be tedious and time-consuming. Many homeowners hire a professional because homemade cleaning solutions won’t clean as well as high-powered vapor systems used by professionals. If you decide to clean your grout on your own, try using a pH-balanced cleaning solution or a homemade solution of baking soda and vinegar.

  1. Blinds and Screens

Blinds can collect large amounts of dust. Clean your blinds before you wash your windows to help make the job easier. It is also helpful to clean your screens before washing your windows. Screens can become extremely dirty and make it harder to get your windows thoroughly clean.

  1. Weather Stripping

Salty air and water in coastal regions can affect the wear on weather stripping. Exposure to the elements can cause the seal to weaker. Take the time to inspect your weather stripping and replace old stripping with resilient new material.

  1. Painting, Staining and Sealing

It’s easy to make a mistake when using these products to spruce up your walls, paneling or other projects. Knowing the right type of product to use in your climate can save you hours of labor and extend the lifetime of your handiwork. A poor paint job can need repainting in as little as 3 years; a good paint job can last up to 20 years.

  1. Wiring

Contact an electrician to inspect the wiring in your home. Pests will gnaw away at electrical wiring. Detached wires and fraying can cause a fire, so it’s best to have your wiring checked out by a professional on a regular basis.

Spring is a great time to perform deep cleaning and a thorough inspection of your house. Take the time to clear out each area that can pose a safety risk to help prevent damages and give you peace of mind.

Your home is one of your biggest investments. Contact us here to learn more about how we can help protect your family and property.