In this series of articles, Ownersite Technologies looks at home maintenance by the seasons to see how each period in the year brings a new set of responsibilities for maintaining your home. These valuable tips are all part of the company’s unique online home maintenance and inventory system that can help you maximize your biggest investment.
Through winter, you may have cut back on doing much maintenance work due to the inclement weather and it’s been all you can do just to clear the snow from the driveway or ensure that the drains are not clogged from leaves. Beyond that, there does not seem much reason to think about maintenance until spring suddenly arrives and shines a light on all the work that needs to be done.
Spring always brings a sense of new and rebirth around the world. It has been the time when numerous societies would take the time to clean their homes from top to bottom. The idea of “spring cleaning” has its roots all the way back to early Jewish history during Biblical times while, in Europe and North America, March was often the best time for dusting because it would start to be warm enough to open windows and doors and the breezes could carry the dust out of the house (Wikipedia).
Scrubbing and Dusting
While you may maintain your home on a weekly or bi-weekly service with a cleaning service or with your own blood, sweat and tears, a spring cleaning means going that extra mile. Here are some scrub-a-dub-dub extras you might want to consider:
- Vacuum all baseboards and crevices where the carpet or tile meets the walls.
- Dust by picking up and clearing off every surface rather going around all the knickknacks.
- Dust the blinds and pull the curtains down for a good clean in the wash or at the dry cleaners.
- Dust and clean all the ceiling fans and get those cobwebs up in the corners of the ceiling.
- Wash the windows and power-wash the siding or other external surfaces of the house.
- Clean the oven thoroughly and the inside of the refrigerator.
- Run the dishwasher on empty and add some vinegar or baking soda to improve its cleaning capacity.
- Shampoo and steam clean the carpets.
- Remove all debris from the roof, including leaves and other materials that built up over the stormy season.
- Wash down patios and decking to get ready for the barbecue season and outdoor entertaining.
For this part of the project, you will need all your cleaners, mops, brooms, vacuum, buckets, sponges, towels, step-ladder, duster or dusting cloths, some good music, and a friend (if you can convince them with an offer of a free lunch or trip to the movies.
Depending on whether you already follow the seasons for maintenance or this is your first time cleaning your house in awhile – not to mention the size of your house (dollhouse to castle) – it will take anywhere between 3-6 hours.
After most likely adding to your collection of “stuff” after the winter holidays, it is time to take that resolution to heart and simplify your life by getting rid of the clutter and becoming more organized. This is an excellent time to take a hard look at what you have piled up and unload everything that is no longer used.
Items can be organized for a yard or garage sale or posted on sites, such as E-bay or Craigslist. Whatever is left unsold can be donated to numerous charitable organizations that need what you no longer want.
Repairs, Check-Ups and Prep for New Season
There are a number of maintenance tasks that help you prepare for the coming months of spring and summer:
- In some parts of the country, storm windows are used, so this is the time to take them off, clean them and store them for the next fall season.
- Check for water build-up or damage that may be apparent after the heavy rains, especially in the basement and attic as well as the roof.
- Put the screens back on the windows and doors if you have removed them during the winter months and repair any holes that you spot.
- If you take care of your own yard, inspect all your equipment, such as your blower, mower, and trimmer, and check to see if any belts or other components need to be repaired or replaced as well as top up the oil and sharpen any blades.
- Change the air conditioning filter as well as batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Since rain can still occur well into the spring months, inspect the gutters for any blockages or any areas that need to be repaired.
- Lubricate all door hinges, locks and other hardware around the property.
- Ensure that your attic is well insulated and ventilated. Also look at the operation of attic fans and roof-mounted turbine vents.
Your Partner in Maintenance Record-Keeping
Ownersite Technologies is making it their business to help you maximize the investment in your home through a valuable Web portal where you can record and track all types of information related to the maintenance and care of your home. Their low-cost site membership provides you with a helping hand that takes the tasking effort out of tracking your home maintenance records.
Home Ownersite provides an easy way to quickly set up a home maintenance schedule to keep your home looking like new. The more you put into the care of your home, the longer its original beauty will last. Not only will this improve the quality of your daily life, but proper maintenance and record-keeping will yield a desirable re-sale property and a tidy profit.