Spring is coming! (Eventually.) Although spring cleaning used to be a necessity from families being locked away in a house together all winter long, most people still use this opportunity for their annual deep clean. Our tips are helpful for anyone looking to get their clean on, and they’re especially helpful for those of you planning on selling your homes.
1. Shovel or de-ice paths and driveways
Here in Minnesota, the winter weather can last through April most years. Home owners should lay down salt or shovel to help everything melt faster and clear off driveways and walkways, both for safety and curb appeal.
2. Tidy landscaping
Most landscaping doesn’t grow during the winter, but your yard likely has dead leaves and branches hanging around. Gather these up or prune them away, and make sure you leave a clear sight line to any attractive architectural details!
3. Wash driveways and house exterior
With all of the snow, sand, and ice covering everything in the winter, consider pressure washing you home’s exterior and your driveway (as soon as the temperature climbs above freezing).
4. Clean out gutters
Spring is coming! (Slowly, but it’s coming.) And with Spring comes rain, clean your gutters now to avoid them overflowing and drowning your lawn.
5. Clean windows and window treatments
Whether you’re selling your home and preparing for photos and showings, or you just want to let as much light in now that the sun’s come out to play. Good lighting is crucial to good photography and windows can get very grimy during the fall and winter. Be sure to clean the glass and window treatments to keep light clear and unpolluted by dust and dirt.
6. Clean rugs, carpets and upholstered furniture
Soft furnishings can trap not just visible dirt but also odors from pets, kids and cooking. To keep things affordable and convenient, have a professional make one trip to clean furniture and floors at the same time.
7. Tidy up closets
This is the time. You’ve been accumulating sweaters and layers all winter and now is the time to swap them out for thinner pieces. Donate what you don’t want anymore and pack away anything you’ll want next winter. Additionally, think about wiping down the surfaces in your closets. No one wants musty clothes!
8. Polish floors and finished woodwork
It’s not good to overpolish woodwork, but if there’s any time to make sure woodwork and wooden floors are pristine, it’s now. As with cabinets, clean surfaces will not only look better, they’ll help reflect light to make the house brighter.
9. Wipe down walls (and paint, if necessary)
Walls are another rarely-cleaned surface that should definitely get a good wipe-down from time to time. If you’re a seller thinking about painting, choose lighter colors that help make the rooms look larger and brighter in photos or video.
10. Wash pet beds and crates
Clean pets are happy pets! And surely you’ll be happier without pet odors lingering around into the warmer months. So it’s also important to wash beds, crates and toys.