Spring-Cleaning Tips for Inside & Outside Your Home

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Although the Pittsburgh real estate market has been hot, our spring weather has not. Can you believe we had snow in April? Looking forward to warmer weather brings about thoughts of spring-cleaning. This is a great time of year to focus on areas of your home that you do not tend to on a regular basis. Taking care of minor maintenance items before they become a big problem just makes sense. When you let things go for too long it seems like it is harder and harder to get those things done. Spend a weekend or two sprucing up your home for the warmer summer months. You will be happy once the hard work is finished.

Inside the home is usually where we start thinking about spring-cleaning. It is not hard to think of what needs to be cleaned as you go from room to room. Here are some suggestions you may not have considered:

  • Vacuum and turn your mattress to help extend its life.
  • Clean your dryer vents to the outdoors.
  • Clean the inside of your washing machine.
  • Change the filter on your kitchen vent hood.
  • Move furniture away from walls – dust the walls and clean underneath.

There are some spring-cleaning chores that affect the inside and outside your home that should not be overlooked.

  • Clean windows inside and out and wipe down window sills.
  • Check for door and Window leaks and properly seal.
  • Touch up paint on trim, doors, and shutters.
  • Clean light fixture shades and globes.
  • Clean indoor and outdoor ceiling fans.

Finally, as the weather warms you will be ready to tackle those outdoor chores to prepare your outdoor living spaces for summer fun and entertaining. The winter weather in Pittsburgh does take a toll on our outdoor spaces.

  • Power wash decks or patios.
  • Trim trees and shrubbery.
  • Inspect your roof shingles.
  • Hire a chimney sweep to clean your chimney.
  • Clean and disinfect your outdoor trash can.

Putting together a checklist of the items you would like to tackle during your spring-cleaning ritual will provide you with a reminder of the items to refer to. You may need to hire some professionals to help you tackle some of the items on your to-do list.

Regular maintenance of your home is one of the best ways to maintain the value. When our sellers make improvements prior to putting their home on the market, they often comment that they wish they had done them sooner, so they could have enjoyed them too. Don’t put off your routine maintenance. Oprah Winfrey is quoted as saying, “Even the smallest steps move your forward.”

We are always ready to help you with your real estate needs. If you need a service provider to help you, we may be able to provide you with some resources. If you are contemplating some home improvements and you would like to know if it would be a valuable investment to your home, we would be happy to provide our expert opinion.

Call Julie at 412-352-8941 or Nancy at 412-480-6423 for more information. You can also email us at julie@thesnidergrp.com or nancysnider49@gmail.com. Visit our website at www.TheSniderGrp.com

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