As a homeowner, your to-do list never really ends. There’s always something that needs to be cleaned, repaired, or updated. Which makes it easy to fall behind when life gets busy or overwhelming. If you can’t remember the last time you dusted your blinds or checked your smoke alarms, spring and early summer is a great time to catch up on any chores or annual maintenance tasks you may have missed over the winter. Not sure where to start? Check out my list of the top ten tasks that should be at the top of your spring-cleaning checklist:
Test and Dust Safety Detectors
Many homeowners take it for granted that their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly. But you don’t want an emergency to be the time you find out you have a problem! Instead, take some time to replace the batteries, wipe down the metal contacts to remove any accumulated dust, and test each detector to make sure it’s working as expected.
Clean or Replace Your Exhaust Hood Filter
Take a look at the filter on the exhaust hood in your kitchen. These should be cleaned periodically throughout the year. If you haven’t cleaned yours in awhile, you’ll want to take care of this chore ASAP! The purpose of this filter is to collect grease and over time it can become too clogged to do its job properly. Depending on your filter, you may be able to run it through the dishwasher, but you should attempt to clean it with hot water and de-greasing soap first to get the worst of the grime off. If your filter is beyond hope, you can also just replace it.
Dust Your Blinds
When it comes to regular dusting, blinds are often overlooked and ignored. Use a microfiber cloth to thoroughly dust your blinds, taking note of any that need to be replaced. You may also want to use an all-purpose cleaner to spot clean any particularly soiled areas. Just be to sure use a cleaner that’s formulated for the material of your blinds.
Stop Squeaky Doors and Cabinets
Have you been living with a squeaky door or cabinet? Now is the time to take care of it! Simply pick up a can of WD40 or other lubricant at your local hardware store. If the hinges have become rusted, you’ll want to use steel wool to get the rust off first.
Service Your Air Conditioning Unit
Spring is the time to get your air conditioning unit checked before summer comes. The last thing you want to do is put this off until you really need it! If you need a referral for a local specialist to come and check your AC unit, give me a call – I’ll be happy to provide you with a referral.
Clean Your Ceiling Fans
It’s easy to forget to dust your ceiling fan when you’re not using it. But dust and lint can quickly build up on the fan blades. Before you turn your fans on for summer, make you give them a thorough cleaning. Use a pillowcase or micro fiber cloth to remove the dust from the blades and don’t forget to wipe down the rest of the appliance – pull chain, motor housing, light bulbs, and any glass fixtures.
Prepare for Outdoor Entertaining
With warmer weather on the way, now is the time to tackle your outdoor entertaining spaces. Whether you have a large deck or a small patio start by sweeping up any debris before power washing the space. Be on the lookout for rodent or insect damage as you go. Once done, you may consider resealing or repainting your outdoor surfaces to protect them from the elements. And if your patio furniture has seen better days, replace it with something new – your guests will thank you!
Re-Energize Your Garden
If your garden is looking a bit worse for wear, it’s not too late to bring it back to life! Start by pulling weeds, removing dead plants, and clearing away any rocks or debris that have blown in over the winter. Once you have a clean surface to work with, spread new soil and plant seeds or flowers. With care and attention, your garden will soon be thriving again!
Inspect Your Roof
With all the rain and storms we had this winter in San Diego, it’s a good idea to check your roof for damage. Look for missing shingles, holes, or signs of termites. If something doesn’t look right, call a professional. Roof damage should be taken care as soon as possible to avoid further damage to the rest of your home.
While you’re checking out your roof, make sure to take a look at your gutters, too. Clear any debris and check for signs of damage over the winter. You should also check around your gutters for water stains and other signs that your roof may have leaked.
If you need any referrals for local professionals or inspectors in the San Diego County area, I would be glad to provide them for you. Just give me a call! It’s important to stay on top of any needed repairs to preserve the value of your home.
And if, after you get done cleaning, you decide that now is the time to sell, I’d be happy to share how I’ve been able to get great results for my sellers in the San Diego area and how I can help you too.