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Home Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring cleaning

Finally, winter’s cold vice grip has lifted, leaving in its wake warm blue skies and a collective urge to be outdoors. Yes, it’s now time to get outside and enjoy thawed neighbourhoods and local communities. Starting, of course, with your home.

Yes, give a thought for your trusted home because she went to great lengths to keep you warm and toasty during those long winter months. Now it’s time to return the favour and show her a little love.

Your windows are as good a place as any. Work from outside in or vice versa; so long as you’re system is consistent so as to avoid missing any areas. Pull those screens down and give a light going over with a garden hose. For dirtier screens you’ll want a soft bristled brush and a bit of soap. White vinegar and water mixed with some old newspaper will do the trick on the windows themselves.

Cleaning and reorganizing the garage doesn’t have to be the chore we often make it out to be. In fact, for a surprising many, the process can lead to a substantial cash windfall in the form of a garage sale. If for whatever reason you don’t sell s particular item, you can rest assured there’s a nearby charity centre that is willing to find a new home for those items that are simply taking up space in your over crowded garage.

After months of winter weather chances are good your yard could use a landscaping overhaul. Raking up those leaves, refilling those garden beds, planting a few new flowers and even edging the drive way are just a few simple landscaping tasks that will let the neighbours know your house has woken from its winter slumber.

After your home’s heating system, your windows are second in line for keeping the cold out and the warmth in. So a bit of touch up painting of your window frames and shutters is as nice a way as any to say thank you for a job well done. All while making your home sparkle, as well.

The elements can be cruel to your home. Especially the grime and dirt associated with what winter can throw at your most prized possession. So, with winter in the rear view mirror, why not consider giving your home a bath in the form of a pressure wash cleaning. Hit those walls, front porch and steps and decks. And if you really want to show your appreciation, consider applying a coat or two of UV protecting stain to add years to your deck.

Now that all that is out of the way, it’s time to get serious and tackle something that should be done at least once a year. Yes, it’s time to clean out your gutters. Leaking or clogged gutters can cause damage to your home’s walls and foundation to the tune of thousands of dollars.

To avoid this, start by wearing some protective long sleeves and gloves to protect against any creatures that may have taken up residence in your clogged gutters. Next, get a reliable extendable ladder. Ladders with ‘ladder horns’ are ideal in that they’ll protect your gutters from damage while you work.

If working with dry leaves, a leave blower will suffice. If not, a small plastic gutter scoop will help remove tough, compacted areas of wet leaves and debris.

Once the bulk of the debris has been removed, you should then give your gutters a thorough rinse to remove the last of any small leaves and caked on dirt. Also, doing this will let you see if winter’s pooled up water has rusted out any sections of your home’s gutters.

If you do not feel comfortable climbing the roof of your house out of fear for your safety then you should contact a professional gutter cleaner.

Now that all that is done, it really is time to kick back and celebrate the arrival of spring. And nothing says spring better than a backyard barbecue with the neighbours. So add a quick clean of your grill, invite a few friends over, pop the tops off a few coldies and enjoy. You are now officially ready for summer.

 

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