The holidays are over, your leftovers are piled high in the fridge, and your Christmas tree is looking sadder than ever. It’s that time of year again where stepping outside seems like a lot to ask for, and we’re dreaming of warmer weather and days where it doesn’t get dark until after 8 p.m.
Still, homeowners should not neglect maintenance that can save them the big bucks when spring finally arrives. Complete these beginning-of-the-year tasks to have peace-of-mind in the coming months.
1. Holiday Clean-up
Ready or not, it’s time to take down those decorations and lights, throw out that half-dead tree, and deep clean your oven and fridge. Pack that Christmas joy away in an organized fashion to have an easy set up for next year.
Tip: Wrap Christmas lights around an old box or clothes hanger to avoid tangles.
2. Winter Deep Clean Everyone knows spring is the time for deep cleaning, but have you ever though about doing some of it during the winter months? This way, you’ll have less work to do when April hits, and you’ll have more time to spend outside enjoying the warmer weather you’ve missed so much. Sounds like a win-win, right?
Tip: Dishwashers can clean more than just dishes. It works for filters, vent grilles, sponges, and wash clothes too!
3. Inspect for Damage
Winter storms can be very bad news for homeowners. After one hits, be sure to inspect your roof, gutters, siding, and yard for any damage.
Tip: Make sure to get storm damage repaired as soon as possible—it may become an even bigger problem if you don’t.
4. Declutter. Declutter. Declutter.
Doesn’t it feel good to declutter and make more space in your home? Even if it’s one room or even one closet at a time, you will feel accomplished and ready to take on the world! Clean out closets and drawers, give away old clothing and possessions, and make room for the new goodies you just received from your loved ones.
Tip: Check to see what can be recycled and what cannot. Giving back to the environment is always a great way to begin the new year!
5. Dream of Green
Although it is still gloomy and dreary outdoors, plant-lovers can begin to dream up their garden plans for the following season. Gather up supplies now, some may even be on sale!
Tip: Some plants can begin to grow inside and should be potted about six weeks prior to being transported outside.
We hope you find these tips helpful and we wish you a fantastic 2018! Stay tune—more blog posts to come!