Blog :: 2018

Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring CleaningSpring is almost here, so it’s time to review your checklist and stock up on cleaning supplies. Here are some ideas to freshen up a musty house and bring in the new season.

Kitchen

  • Clean your cabinets, especially the outside, to remove grease and grime.
  • Wipe down your countertops, sink, and faucet.
  • Clean your refrigerator, inside and out, including all surfaces and shelves. Check expiration dates on condiments and other items that may have been forgotten.
  • Wipe out the inside of your microwave and wash the turntable.
  • Remove any food particles from the bottom of your dishwasher, and clear the filter and spray arm of any residue. Run an empty cycle on super soaker with a specialty cleaner.
  • And don’t forget the oven...break off and remove any loose burnt pieces of food and clean thoroughly with a specialty cleaner.

Bathroom

  • Clean your cabinets to remove dirt and grime.
  • Wipe down your countertops, sink, and faucet.
  • Change out, or clean, your shower curtain.
  • Remove soap scum in the shower and tub with a specialty cleaner.
  • Scrub the toilet bowl and rim with a disinfecting cleaner; wipe down the seat and lid.

Bedding

  • Check your bedding and see if it needs to be washed or aired out. If it just smells musty, hang it outside for a day to let it air out.

Windows & Coverings

  • Try using old carpet scraps to clean window screens.
  • Clean the inside and outside of your windows.
  • If your drapes need a cleaning, check the fabric care label first. If they just need freshening up, try air fluffing them in the dryer.

Vents

  • Vacuum loose dust out of your HVAC vents, then clean off any stuck on residue with a damp cloth. Wipe the vents down with a microfiber cloth and a little car wax to help prevent dust from building up.

Flooring & Baseboards

  • Hire a professional to clean your carpet.
  • Sweep and vacuum tile floors.
  • Use recommended specialty cleaners for your specific type of floor, whether its hardwood, tile, or carpet. Each type needs a little different TLC.
  • Use a whisk broom or a vacuum brush attachment to remove loose dust from your baseboards. Wipe them clean with warm water, liquid dish soap, and vinegar, and then dry with a clean cloth. Go over them with a dryer sheet to help prevent dust from sticking to them.

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    Winter Moving Tips

    Winter HomePlanning to move this winter? Winter is the off-season for moving companies, so this is a great time to plan a move. You’ll get a wider selection of dates and lower prices. Here are some tips to make your winter move easier.

    Be weather flexible

    Winter weather can be unpredictable, so check the forecast. You may decide to postpone your move if there is a good chance of severe weather. Be prepared to allow extra travel time if needed.

    Check in with your movers to confirm any last minute details a day or two before the move to make sure everything is still on schedule. Listen to any of their concerns about the weather or hazardous road conditions.

    Clear your driveway and walkways

    If your driveway and walkways are icy or covered with snow, clear them off before the movers arrive. This will make it safer and easier for the movers and help prevent damage to your belongings. Lay down plastic sheeting or blankets to protect the flooring on the inside of your home.

    Pack your car

    Electronics and cold weather do not mix well together. Move your electronics in your own car so they can stay warm. Put them in your car right before you leave to minimize their exposure to the cold temperatures.

    Also, put any winter essentials in your car, like extra clothes, coats, boots, hats, gloves, scarves, and an emergency blanket. Include anything you might need in case of travel delays.

    Turn off the heat

    Since people will be going in and out of your home most of the day, make it easier on your furnace and your electric bill by turning the heat off. Use a space heater in the main floor bathroom with the door closed to keep that room warm.

    Take good care of your movers

    Cold winter moving is hard on movers, so have some hot chocolate, tea, coffee, or apple cider ready for them. Be sure to thank them for helping with your winter move and tip them well.

    If you’re looking to buy or sell a home, contact The Shanahan Group today!

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