Linda Craft & Team – Check List for Spring Cleaning

Whether you bought your home from Linda Craft & Team last year or ten years ago, it may be time for a good spring cleaning. Set aside a Saturday (time) to get it done and solicit the whole family to help. To be as organized as possible, you’ll need a plan, a logical way to navigate the whole house.  Here is a handy floor to ceiling check list from Linda Craft & Team, REALTORS.  Let’s get started!

FOYER:

  • Wipe walls, ceiling and trim
  • Dust and wipe down all light fixtures
  • Wash doors, knobs, and switch plates
  • Empty out coat closet. Donate items that no one uses anymore
  • Clean or replace entry mat
  • Sweep and mop floors
  • Wipe doors with a Magic Eraser and wipe doors with disinfectant

 

BEDROOMS:

  • Open the windows and air out the room – as long as the pine dust is not falling
  • Dust furniture
  • Go through your dresser draw by draw; empty out content and wipe down the drawer. Donate items you no longer need or want. It’s best to bag them up and go ahead and place them in your car
  • Move the bed; sweep and vacuum under the bed.
  • You can freshen up your mattress by sprinkling a little baking soda on the bare surface, letting it sit for 15 minutes, and then vacuuming it up. You can also add essential oils like lavender, eucalyptus or peppermint to the baking soda to add your favorite scent
  • Wash all the bedding and curtains. Wash pillows and duvet in hot water
  • Dust lights and lamp shades with a lint roller
  • Wash windows and window sills
  • Clean mirrors and dust art
  • Wipe doors with a Magic Eraser and wipe doors with disinfectant
  • Sweep and mop floors or vacuum – consider professionally cleaning carpets

 

BATHROOMS:

  • Open windows if pine dust is not flying
  • Empty all cabinets and vanity. Wash inside and replace items neatly. Discard expired medications and cosmetics
  • Wash outside of cabinets and vanities
  • Clean tub and drain
  • Clean toilet inside and out. Be sure to clean around seat bolts and check tightness
  • Clean sink and drain
  • Shine faucets
  • Clean mirror and frame
  • Dust light fixtures – wash if glass
  • Wash windows and window sills
  • Wash switch plates
  • Wipe down walls and trim
  • Wash floor registers and other vent covers
  • Sweep and wash floors

 

KITCHEN:

  • Open windows
  • Remove and clean window coverings
  • For each cabinet or drawer. Remove items, wipe out drawers, and replace items back neatly. Donate unneeded items
  • Wash and sanitize cutting boards
  • Sharpen knives
  • Wash cabinet doors and knobs
  • Organize pantry
  • Clean oven
  • Clean stove top. Remove elements, clean, and put back
  • Check food expiration dates in freezer and discard any expired items
  • Clean under refrigerator and stove
  • Vacuum refrigerator coils
  • Clean microwave by heating a glass of water and vinegar and letting it sit and steam inside; then wipe down.
  • Clean crumbs out of toaster and toaster oven
  • Wipe down counters and back splash
  • Clean dishwasher
  • Dust light fixtures
  • Wash windows and window sills
  • Wipe walls and trim as needed
  • Wash doors and door knobs
  • Sweep and mop floor

 

LIVING ROOM / FAMILY ROOM / PLAYROOM:

  • Open windows if it is past pollen season
  • Wash windows and window sills
  • If window screens have been in all winter, take them out and wash them
  • Vacuum all furniture
  • Spot clean furniture where needed or professionally clean fabric
  • Wash all blankets and throw pillows
  • Dust shelves and tables
  • Clean TV screen and dust all electronics
  • Sort books and magazines
  • Wipe walls and trim as needed
  • Wash fireplace screen or clean ash for wood burning fireplaces
  • Sweep and mop floors

 

OUTSIDE:

  • Sweep porches and walkways
  • Wash thresholds
  • Wash exterior doors. Paint front door if needed
  • Clean or replace welcome mat
  • Have outside surfaces power washed if needed

 

Do you need assistance with any of these projects? At Linda Craft & Team we have an excellent list of talented professionals who provide home care services in the Triangle area. All of them have our stamp of approval from deep cleaning to plumbers! Call our Raleigh office today to get a copy – 919-235-0007. And by the way, when you tackle that home office, remember our Annual Shred Event to be held May 12th from 10am – 2pm at 7300 Six Forks Road. Securely dispose of all those sensitive documents you no longer need!

 

Spring into Home Maintenance

Spring is always the time for fresh beginnings and setting your “house in order.”  Part of that is getting to that To Do List and making sure regular maintenance is done. Here’s a list of regular maintenance (split into exterior and interior) projects that you may need to put on the schedule either as a DIY (Do It Yourself) projects or to hire someone to help.

EXTERIOR

Since these tasks are somewhat weather sensitive, let’s look at them first!

House Surfaces:

  • Repair glazing, caulk, and weather stripping around windows and doors
  • Repair cracked bricks and missing mortar
  • Repair freeze/thaw cracks in drives and walks
  • Repair, prime, and paint areas with peeling paint
  • Search for signs of colonized insects or pests

Man fixing roof

Roof:

  • Check your roof for damage or missing shingles
  • Check for cracked flashing or damaged caulk seals
  • Trim branches and trees away from the roof

Structure:

  • Check basement and foundation walls for cracks
  • Check your chimney for cracks and leaks
  • Check your crawl space for moisture

Man cleaning the gutter

Water Control:

  • Clean your gutters and window wells
  • Extend downspouts away from your foundation
  • Make sure grading flows water away
  • Test your sump pump for proper operation, if applicable

Fuel Services:

  • Check your gas/oil tank for odors and leaks – or have it check by a professional

Power washing

Property:

  • Treat your lawn with fertilizer and pest control
  • Power wash and seal your deck and patio
  • Remove your outdoor furniture from storage and clean
  • De-winterize and service your lawn sprinklers, if applicable
  • Remove debris from yard and high traffic areas
  • Test your lawn mower and trimmer

 

INTERIOR

On those days when outdoor projects are not possible because of weather, try tackling some of these indoor tasks.

Women cleaning a window

Windows and Fans:

  • Clean and lubricate your window channels
  • Clean glass on windows and doors
  • Reverse ceiling fans to direct heat upward

Insulation and Ventilation:

  • Check your attic for proper insulation
  • Clean your dryer vent
  • Check vents for birds, squirrels or other pests
  • Test your dehumidifier, if applicable

Electrical Systems:

  • Test all smoke and CO detectors, replace batteries!
  • Test and reset your GFCI and AFCI outlets/breakers

Man opening air conditioning filter in ceiling

HVAC:

  • Change your filters
  • Hire an HVAC contractor to service your system
  • Install window AC units and ensure proper fit. If applicable

Plumbing:

  • Check all fixtures for leaks
  • Check tile joints, grout, and caulking
  • Remove hoses from storage and open spigots
  • Check faucets and valves for leaks or damage
  • Check washing machine hoses for cracks or loose fittings

Bouquet colorful tulips at home

Identify which spring maintenance projects you are willing to DIY and which you’d rather have some help accomplishing. We have a whole list of Triangle area home care professionals that we can recommend. From HVAC to gutter repair and cleaning, we have a professional for every maintenance need. Call us today to get a copy of the whole list – 919-235-0007. And, when you get ready to tackle interior cleaning, don’t forget about our FREE Shred Event – May 12th from 10am – 2pm at 7300 Six Forks Road in Raleigh.

What do Spring Cleaning and our Annual Shred Event Have in Common?

The answer is YOU!

If one of the areas you need to spring clean is your home office space, we can help you with our FREE 2018 Shredding Event, Saturday, May 12th from 10am until 2pm at 7300 Six Forks Road in Raleigh.  Load up all the paperwork you want shredded and drop it off. We will have music, refreshments, and a huge paper shredding truck to securely dispose of old files. It’s our gift to you! Oh, and by the way, you can tell your friends and neighbors about it too. This event is open to the public.