It’s that time of year again. Spring is here and it’s time to start cleaning. Here are 5 great spring cleaning tips that can get you started.
- Work from the top down, inside to outside, to avoid getting what you just cleaned dirty again.
Do one room, even one area of one room, at a time to avoid unfinished jobs. The satisfaction of seeing one room sparkle will make the hard work feel like it’s worth the effort.
When tidying, reduce trips around the house by temporarily depositing items in one spot en route to but not at their final destination.
- Do two things at once. While laundry is going, scrub the shower stall.
Make small repairs. If you’re not handy, hire someone.
Spring is almost here, and it’s time to think of curb appeal.
Consider painting the exterior of your home if the paint is worn out and chipping. Also paint your home if it is looking bland and bleek. When considering paint colour keep this is mind:
1. Garage door: The garage door should be a shade darker than the trim colour, you want it to stand out.
2. Front door: The front door should make a statement. Make sure it has the “wow” factor. Some colours to consider are green, red and grey.
3. Trim: Make the trim dark to showcase the windows.
Have you come to the point where it’s time to downsize? Maybe you’re not sure yet. Here are a few things to consider.
1. The kids have moved out.
The family home is full of memories and nostalgia but is is also full of “stuff” that is taking up space, energy, and more importantly, money. If your adult children have left the nest, it might be time to downsize. why maintain the large home just to host Thanksgiving dinner once a year?
2. You Still Have a Mortgage at Age 50
Why carry the burden of debt and worry about your mortgage each month? Downsizing your home means increasing your wealth and becoming more financially free as you get older. As you creep towards retirement, your earning potential may decrease, so consider moving to a more manageable property that suits your needs.
3. The Clutter is Closing in on You
We have become a society of hoarders. As our houses grow in size, so does the amount of possessions we buy to fill them. Not only do we cram our houses to the brink, we then turn to storage units to hold the rest of our things. Don’t manage a big home just to have more space to hold all of your unused, old things. Clear the clutter, free your mind and be happy!
If your a pet lover like me, you want your furry friend close to you all the time. Have you ever thought of the consequences of having your pets on the furniture?
It really comes down to the type of furniture you have. Some fabrics soak up pet smells making them undesirable for buyers. If you have these types of fabrics, make sure to vacuum the furniture bi-weekly and shampoo your furniture at least once a year.
Pets should not be allowed on leather. Leather can scratch very easily and, if you are planning on selling your home, you will want your furniture to be in top notch shape.
If you are planning on renovating you may be wondering what kind of flooring you need. There are many benefits for both hardwood and laminate, There are also cons for both.
Pros: Laminate wood flooring is made from composite wood pressed together at high temperatures. The image of hardwood is then covered over the composite wood to form the laminate, thus is cheaper. Laminate cost 50% less than hardwood. Since laminate wood flooring is made from pressed wood, it is more durable and resists scratches, moistures and wear and tear better than hardwood flooring. Laminate flooring is also easier to clean on a routine basis.
Cons: Laminate is not as visually appealing and lower qualities of laminate may have artificial looking grain textures. This type of flooring doesn’t repair easily.
Pros: Hardwood can be repair by sanding and refinishing out imperfections. It lasts for years into the future. It is the real deal. It has gorgeous finishes and can add value to your home.
Cons: Hardwood flooring is made from harvested trees and depending on how exotic the trees are, will depict the pricing. IT is considerably higher to buy and to install. Hardwood is known to scratch, and is not good for children or pets. It can get damaged from excessive moisture and will show wear, especially in heavy trafficked areas in your home.