As the weather begins to warm up, many homeowners turn their attention to spring cleaning.
The task may seem impossible, but approaching spring cleaning with a check list can help you stay organized and get your home in tip-top shape in no time. Our home buying experts share a few tips for popular spring cleaning tasks:
Walls, Baseboards and Woodwork
Even though your walls may seem clean, over the course of a year dust, dirt and allergens can build up even in the cleanest of homes. Start by taking a damp cloth or sponge and gently wiping down the walls, baseboards and woodwork. A gentle, mild soap like dish soap can be used on most surfaces. Always test a small area to make sure the soap doesn’t strip paint from the walls. A sponge mop can make it easier to reach higher spots.
Windows and Doors
Hate washing windows? You are not alone! To make window washing easier, invest in a window washing kit that includes a soft cloth and squeegee and use a mix of dish washing liquid with water (the less suds, the better!). Begin by gently washing each window with the soft cloth, and then immediately use the squeegee to remove the water/soap concentrate. Avoid using paper towels or newspapers to clean glass, as they just move the dirt around on the window. Avoid washing windows when they are in direct sunlight, as the warmth will create streaks. Wash windows either in the early morning or at dusk.
Nothing makes a home feel cleaner than spotless appliances. Soapy water or a 50/50 mix of water and white vinegar will do wonders on the inside of your refrigerator. Wipe down all shelves and the crisper, and throw out expired food items. You’d be surprised what is hiding in the back of the fridge! To clean your microwave, fill a microwave-safe container with water, and then boil the water. Let it sit for several minutes, and the steam from the water will help to release caked-on food items. Wipe clean with a soft cloth. Most ovens have a self-cleaning setting, so save yourself some elbow grease and let the oven do the work for you!
Floors and Carpets
After a long winter of tracking dirt into your home, take some time to deep clean your floors and carpets. Often overlooked, your welcome mat on your front porch or just inside your home can be the best defense against tracking dirt into the house. Take them outside and shake them out – or spray them down with a blast of water from your garden hose. Inside the house, clean bare floors with hot, soapy water, or a cleaner made specifically for the type of floors in your home. For carpets, move furniture before vacuuming – you’ll be surprised of what falls behind couches and chairs over the course of a year! If your budget allows, consider hiring professional carpet cleaners to deep clean carpets. This can help extend the life of your carpeting, and can remove allergens and dirt that may be trapped in the carpet itself.
Following these tips, along with establishing a routine cleaning schedule, may help with your spring cleaning. If you are tackling spring cleaning to prepare your home for sale on the real estate market, give our home buying experts a call BEFORE you spend time and money on cleaning. Our professional home buyers can offer you cash for your home as-is, clean or dirty. Why spend time cleaning your home for a real estate sale, when we will offer you cash for your home as-is?
Integrity First Home Buyers is the #1 buyer of homes in York, Adams, Cumberland, Lancaster and Dauphin Counties and has helped thousands of individuals, couples and families sell their homes quickly. Our professional team of home buying experts has decades of experience and can help guide you through the cash sale process. We care about our clients and work to meet their goals in selling their home. If you’d like to learn more about a cash sale of your home, reach out to us at 717-292-8168 or complete our contact form to get started.