Starting your spring cleaning is a very important thing. It's a sign of warmer weather arriving and it usually means it's time to purge some of the garbage you don't need anymore. Here are a few tips to get you started with this year's round of spring cleaning.
Start With Smaller Projects
Since the weather isn't exactly warm yet, you can start inside the house with smaller projects. Tackle the closets and other storage areas first. This will allow you to go through some of the items you may not need anymore and get something done before the weather turns warm enough to handle other tasks.
Don't Forget the Ceilings
Often, we forget to clean the ceilings because they are above us and out of our way. However, they attract plenty of dust and dirt. It's actually a good idea to start high and work to the lower parts of your home. This ensures you get all the dust and dirt possible as it falls from higher areas to the floor.
Mattresses Need Flipped Or Replaced
Your bed is an important part of your house. You spend at least one-third of your life in it, so it needs refreshed. If your mattress is over 8 years old, you should consider replacing it. However, if it's not that old, it probably needs to be flipped and maybe cleaned.
Tidy Closets And Shelves
Potential buyers will have to invest a lot of money if they buy your home so they will be sure to check it out thoroughly. That means they will look in your closets. You should make sure they see tidy, well-organized closets. Make sure items are stacked neatly on the shelves rather than placed haphazardly.
Window Cleaning in Warm Weather
Windows get cold during lower temperatures and can be hard to clean during colder days. Once the weather is warmer, you should clean not only the glass, but also the frame. This is a very popular spot for dust, spider webs and all types of other dirty things.
Clean the Floors in Your House
If your home has carpets that look a bit jaded, it may be worthwhile calling in a professional carpet cleaning service to give your carpets a thorough cleaning. If you have worn or stained areas, consider placing rugs over them.
Non-fabric floors are much easier to clean, but you should make sure to keep on top of the cleaning while your house is on the market. Cleaning will be easier if you make some small lifestyle changes. Get family members to remove footwear at the entrance of the home at all times and maintain a regular floor cleaning schedule.
Get Rid Of Unpleasant Odours
Since you spend so much time in your home you may be unaware of any unpleasant smells. Over time, your normal daily activities such as cooking will add a distinctive odour to your home that others may find unpleasant.
Use air fresheners that neutralize smells and reduce the build-up of odours by properly ventilating your kitchen when cooking. Remove kitchen waste promptly. Although it may not be practical to do so at all times of the year, leave your windows open as much as possible when your house is up for sale.
Clean the Bathroom
Start by dropping 2 Alka Seltzer tablets into the toilet to fizz away any dirt or stains. Club soda will also work. While your toilet is self-cleaning, grab any clutter that shouldn't be there and stash it in a basket inside the closet or in a drawer.
Use a microfiber cloth to get rid of cobwebs that may have developed in the corners of the ceilings and use this cloth to do some quick dusting. To reach the corner of the ceiling, simply put the cloth on the end of your broom handle.
Grab some glass cleaner and use circular motion to rub the mirrors clean. Rinse out the microfiber cloth you were using for dusting and wipe around the sink, the top of the toilet and around the bathtub area. Then, drop the cloth on the floor and using your foot, spot clean any areas that could use a quick wipe.
Cleaning Your KitchenThis room is often the focal point of the entire house so you'll want to make sure that you keep it clean amidst the grease and mess that tends to build up while cooking.
You probably lead a busy life, and it's hard to keep the counter clean. Do your best though when your home is being viewed. Everything, except for perhaps a couple of major appliances, should be removed from the counters so that the area appears spacious and organized. If you have a high-end granite or quartz countertop, you'll want to keep it uncluttered to show it off!
Here are a few ways to clean and organize the kitchen during spring break:
- Clean the counters: If you haven't gone through your covers for a while, it's best to do so now. Anything that you don't need should be put into storage or given away and anything left should be displayed neatly. Food items should be laid out as you would see them in a grocery store - in neat rows and organized in food categories.
- Organize the cupboards: If you haven't gone through your covers for a while, it's best to do so now. Anything that you don't need should be put into storage or given away and anything left should be displayed neatly. Food items should be laid out as you would see them in a grocery store - in neat rows and organized in food categories.
- Don't forget the cupboard below the sink: Make sure that this cupboard is cleaned out thoroughly before showing your home. It's amazing to see just how many viewers will open the kitchen cupboards to find out how much storage space is inside each one. Yes, some people are going to open the cupboard under the sink so it should be clean and tidy.
- Organize the kitchen drawers: De-clutter, organize the drawers and wipe them out as well. Some of the most frustrating things to find in a kitchen are kitchen drawers that you need to fight with to open. You can bet that any serious potential buyer will be opening the drawers in the kitchen to see how easily they run along the tracks.
Of course, you'll want to make sure that the kitchen table, major appliances, floors and walls are all clean as well. This is the one room of the house that you’ll need to have sparkling when a viewer is looking through your home with the purpose of possibly buying it.
Move Furniture and Create Space
When it comes time to tackle specific rooms, it's a good idea to remove or at least move the furniture before cleaning. This keeps dust from getting caught on it and allows you the necessary space to do a full cleaning.
Spring Cleaning May Include Handling Hazardous Waste Items
It's April now and time to get the spring cleaning started. If you're like many families, you probably have some hazardous-waste items that you need to dispose of properly. Here is a brief guide to let you know what items are considered to be hazardous and why they shouldn't be thrown in the garbage can.
When you dispose of hazardous chemicals by throwing them in the trash, you may be putting the environment, your neighborhood, your family and the garbage collector at risk. If you decide to pour out hazardous liquids down the drain, they will either end up in the sanitary system or in the river. If they end up in the river, you will be changing the ecological balance of the water. If these chemicals go to the sanitary system, they will be treated but the process will take much longer.
Hazardous Items List
- Many automotive chemicals
- Automotive batteries
- Motor oil
- Fire extinguishers
- Mercury thermometers
- Helium and propane tanks
- Many cements and glues
- Nail polish and nail polish remover
- Artist inks and paint
- Photographic chemicals
- Ammonia and bleach
- Oven cleaners
- Spot removers and cleaning solvents
- Chemicals for swimming pools and hot tubs
- Many types of paints
- Varnishes, stains and lacquers
- Solvents, strippers and paint thinners
- Wood preservatives
- Pest control chemicals
- Weed killers
This is just a partial list of some of the hazardous materials that you may spot during your spring cleaning. While the city does accept many hazardous products and chemicals at their drop-off facilities, some they do not. As well, you must ensure that the items that you are bringing to these drop-off locations are sealed properly and clearly labeled.
For more information about hazardous waste items you can contact the City of Calgary directly at 311 or visit their website at http://www.calgary.ca.
Use these tips and get your spring cleaning started early. This will help you get the most out of cleaning and allow you to refresh your Calgary home.
Justin Havre is the top producing REALTOR® with RE/MAX First, Canada's very first RE/MAX brokerage. Calgary real estate is his passion; Justin specializes in Southwest & Northwest Calgary homes for sale. He can be reached at 403.217.0003 or contacted through this site.