Let’s be honest, it’s very difficult to get ourselves to be productive during the cold winter months. One of the things that usually falls off the list during this season is maintaining the exterior of your home (and rightfully so – it’s COLD out there). So, when things finally start to warm up, it’s much easier to get outside, assess the condition of your home, and address the items that tend to build up throughout the winter season. Whether you’re working to get your home on the market for selling season or you’ve just purchased a new home in one of our new construction neighborhoods, these spring cleaning tips can help get your house back in tip-top shape.
Wash Your Windows
Let all that beautiful Spring light in by washing both the interior and exterior of your windows. Your window panes often take the brunt of the colder temperatures by collecting dust, dirt and even salt from the nearby roads. Removing this buildup can help protect your windows and bring additional natural light in to highlight your home. Now we know this seems like a big task right off the bat, but it makes a difference! And if you live in a new W.B. home, this step is even easier with the help of your included Silverline tilt-in windows. After cleaning the interior of a window, simply tilt in the bottom sash for convenient access to wipe down the exterior as well – no ladder required! Throughout the process, keep an eye out for any broken or torn window screens to help keep bugs out in the warmer months. Also, be sure to wipe down windowsills and change out heavier winter drapes to lightweight sheers if you’d like to allow light in while still maintaining your privacy.
Clean Your Roof & Gutters
Now this is another biggie, so if you’re not comfortable climbing around on your roof, it may be time to bring in a professional for peace of mind & safety. Throughout the winter months, snow, ice, and wind can cause debris to build up on your roof and in your gutters. Start by blowing off the leaves and tree debris before unclogging your gutters and drains. This step ensures that water is properly drained away from your home and helps prevent potential problems in the future, such as standing water in your basement or foundation issues. Next, take a good look at the roofing shingles for mold, moss or other growth and treat them with copper sulfate or chlorine bleach. You should also replace any missing or damaged shingles. By addressing small repairs seasonally, you can avoid larger, more expensive repairs down the road.
The first thing many people notice when they pass by your home is your lawn. Months of snow, cold temperatures, and fall leaves can negatively impact your grass and leave your home looking unkempt. Start by raking leaves and clearing away any dead branches and debris. Prune the dead branches from your trees and fertilize any areas of your grass that are bare or damaged. Now is also a good time to plant annuals throughout your yard to add color and increase your home’s curb appeal. If you live within a W.B. neighborhood, this step is even easier because your neighborhood HOA (Homeowner’s Association) is a huge help in making sure your lawn & landscaping look their best! The HOA will handle cleaning out unwanted winter debris, refreshing your home’s landscaping, and maintaining your lawn.
Check Your AC Unit
Don’t wait until it’s hot out to test your home’s air conditioner. Instead, clean the air filter, remove your vents and wash them with soap and water, and then check the power to your unit. If your system hasn’t been serviced recently, it may be a good idea to contact an experienced professional to check your coolant levels and make sure the system is ready to use.
The Power Of Power-Washing
Similar to your roof and gutters, dirt and debris also builds up on the siding of your home’s exterior. A thorough power-washing can have your home looking brand-new in no time! This step will not only make your home look cleaner but can help your siding and exterior paint last longer.
Now that the outside of your home is looking fresh and clean, take some time to tackle the clutter that’s accumulated inside your home throughout the winter months. Make a room-by-room plan and take it one step at a time so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Use closet and drawer organizers to clean up spaces that are prone to messes and put away items that aren’t used as frequently. Decluttering is especially important if you are planning to put your home on the market for Spring so it looks it’s best for any potential buyers that tour through.
Have questions or just want to say hi? Contact W.B. Homes here!