Happy Spring!

 

 

While it may still be cold here in Cleveland, it is officially spring! If you’re like me, once the excitement for the upcoming cookout and bonfires subsides, your next thought is spring cleaning. Most areas have a weekend for “cleanup days” or “dumpster days” where residents of that neighborhood can drop off bulk amounts of trash and recyclables. You can look this up online and utilize this free service.

Here are some great tips for spring cleaning your home:

I love to cook so my kitchen gets quite a bit of use. Get a good grease removing cleaner and wipe down all your cabinets. Especially the ones around your stove. Speaking of your stove, now is a great time to clean your appliances! You can clean your washing machine and dishwasher with white vinegar and baking soda. Run a clean cycle in your oven with an oven cleaning spray, and wipe out your refrigerator and microwave.

Do some dusting under and behind furniture and be sure to dust all your ceiling fans. You can then go through and deep clean your floors. If you don’t have a carpet cleaner, you can rent one from Home Depot, Giant Eagle, and other local stores. If you have a steam mop that’s great for tile and linoleum. If not, some good ole soap and water will do the trick. For hardwoods floors, my favorite cleaner is Bona.

Wash your windows with soap and water then dry them with another towel. You can also go to an auto parts store and get a window squeegee which will work great. While you’re washing your windows, throw your curtains in the washing machine. You’d be surprised how much dust gathers in them. You can wipe your screens with a towel or take them out of the window and spray them with soapy water and a hose.

Well, that is my go to spring cleaning list. Happy spring cleaning!

Protect Your Pets This Winter

If you’re like me, your pets are your children and you want them to be safe, healthy, and comfortable. With winter (unfortunately) fast approaching and the predictions of a very cold winter this year, I wanted to share some of the ASPCA’s best tips for protecting your pets in the months to come.

  • Repeatedly going from the cold air to the dry heat in the house can cause flaky, itchy skin. Keep your home humidified and towel dry your pet as soon as they come inside. Be sure to pay special attention to the feet and remove any snowballs stuck to their pads or between the toes.
  • You want to avoid bathing as much as possible in the cold months. However, you should wash your dogs feet and stomach after going for walks to remove ice, salt, and chemicals. Use pet friendly ice melts whenever possible.
  • Massaging your pets paws with petroleum jelly or other paw protectants can help protect from salt and chemical agents.
  • Pets burn extra energy when trying to stay warm. Feeding them a little extra will provide them with much needed calories, and making sure they have plenty of water will keep them well hydrated and keep their skin moisturized. Also, make sure your companion has a warm place to sleep away from drafty doors and windows. A soft pet bed with a warm blanket or pillow is perfect.

Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet. Keep them safe and warm inside and never leave them in a cold car. Cars can get dangerously hot in the summer and can act like refrigerators in the winter. For more information visit aspca.org

Preparing Your Home For Sale

Many sellers underestimate the importance of staging their home. This doesn’t necessarily mean renting furniture and redecorating. Clean, uncluttered homes sell. A dirty house can take thousands of dollars off your sale price. Buyers want to walk in and instantly envision living there. Where will their furniture go? Will all their clothes fit in the closet? Is there enough wall space for their family photos? If your house is full it will be harder for the buyer to visualize their belongings in it.

Here are some key things to do to prepare your home to sell:

  1. Take your personal photos and decorations off the walls. This will give the buyer the open wall space to envision their own photos and decorations.
  2. Clear all the clothes out of the closets except this season’s wardrobe. It will make the closets look bigger.
  3. Paint everything a neutral color. Neutral colors will help potential buyers envision their own style and plan for the future.
  4. Spruce up the landscaping. The outside of your house is the first thing buyers see when they arrive to preview your home. Pulling the weeds and laying down some mulch can go a long way for giving a buyer a good first impression.
  5. Spend some time deep cleaning. You may not notice that all the light switches are turning black or the range is splattered with grease but your buyers will.

Following these 5 steps will help ensure you sell your home quickly and for top dollar!