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Spring Cleaning – Time to Refresh Your Home

Spring cleaning is a tradition for many families. This year, consider sprucing up your entire house. Here’s a checklist you can use when planning your annual spring cleaning chores:

1 – Clear Clutter (and dust)
Clutter can build up before you realize it, especially when space is limited. Clutter can lead to allergy-aggravating dust problems. For help clearing your home and your air, take this spring cleaning time and ask a trusted friend to walk through your house and give you an honest, yet tactful, assessment. Then, purge. Save your most prized treasures, but box up the rest and donate it to charity, or to the nearest dumpster.

2 – Spruce up the yard
Spring cleaning is a time to get your yard in shape for the summer ahead.Step outside and survey your lawn. A complete overhaul probably isn’t necessary, but a few simple changes might make a world of difference to your curb appeal. Paint your front door a vibrant color. Trim your hedges and add some pops of bright flowering plants in containers. Consider a new mailbox, power-wash your driveway (after all the pollen has fallen) and consider installing large, reflective house numbers for convenience and safety. You’ll be amazed how a few simple upgrades transform the look of your home from drab to fab.

3 – Inspect your plumbing
Spring cleaning time is not the only time to tend to these items, but now is a good time to make a housewide assessment. Leaky faucet? Fix it. Slow drip? Tighten and dry it up. Plumbing issues can be an “out of sight, out of mind” problem that surfaces at the worst times. Head off any lurking issues with an inspection of your plumbing. Update those faucets and washers, clean those pipes, and monitor for holes, drips or rust. Have a trusted plumber visit and do a full assessment. A small investment now can save a flood (literally) of problems later.

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4 – Clean and refresh floors
Sweeping and vacuuming may be enough to shape up floors. Re-staining floors takes patience, but the result can be stunning. Think about covering your old flooring with new, easy-to-install wood laminate. No special talents are needed—just a click, snap and tap of a hammer. Or, install new tile to freshen up a room. It’s easier than you might think to transform a blah room into a WOW room.

5 – Repaint walls
An easy way to brighten a home is to pull out the paint cans. A fresh coat of paint—in cool, neutral shades of white, yellow or sand—adds a fresh look and instant value. Plan a room or two per weekend, and in a month or so, you’ll have a welcoming new interior.

6 – Schedule an HVAC tune-up
No spring cleaning project would be complete without preparing your heating and cooling system to move from heat to cool. Have your HVAC system inspected by a trained professional. Brown and Reaves Services, Inc., can inspect your supply and return ducts, replace filters, and make sure your entire system is operating at peak efficiency. Call us today for an appointment. 843-497-9867.

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