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Hope you enjoy…

R…

 

Simple steps to winterize your home to save money….

1.Reverse ceiling fan rotation

Summer months-Rotation counter clockwise.

(Brings cold air down)

Winter months-Rotation clockwise.

(Brings warm/hot air down)

2.Inspect your furnace

Check for rough sounds and lingering smells

(Does not include the foul smell when you first use furnace)

3.Insulate water pipes

All accessible pipes are wrapped in heat tape.

Locate main water value

(To turn off in case of emergency)

4.Seal Cracks in windows, doors, and ducts

Proper insulation maybe placed.

Do It Yourself

Cover with thin plastic

Use weather stripping.

Install storm windows

Inspect ventilation ducks for cracks and separation.

(Most heat escapes though poorly fitted duct work.)

5.Store summer tools & prep winter ones.

Lawnmower/trimmer

DO NOT store outside-Will damage motor

Empty fuel if not in heated storage

Winter equipment

Check to make sure everything is in working order.

6.Stock up Supplies

Food/Water/Blankets/Flashlights

To keep in case of Blizzards to keep everyone safe.

Gas powered generator

Incase electric goes out for any period of time.

Hope these ideas help you have a more enjoyable winter…

R.

 

Spring Cleaning…

With the time change just happening, it means spring is just around the corner (if mother nature would make up her mind). With that is mind everyone wants to get out of those winter blues, right?? Here are some ways to do just that in your home.

Ways to deep clean your rooms…

Kitchen:

Difficulty: Average

Time required: 30-90 minutes

  1. Begin with a 15 minute kitchen cleanup
    1. Clear out the clutter & dirty dishes
    2. **Don’t worry about the floors.
  2. Dust down the ceiling & corners of walls
    1. Wash the dirty spots-spot wash
    2. Remeber  air vents, door knobs, doors , switch plates
  3. Dust & clean all art & photos along the wall.
    1. Never spray cleaner or water onto the frame, the liquid can seep behind the glass & damage the photos. Instead tightly wet a clean cloth to wipe the frame & glass.
  4.  Dust and clean the ceiling fan(s)
    1. Use a gentle cleaner like Murphy’s oil soap.
    2. Take down any light fixtures & gently wash & dry them before replacing.
  5. Take down draperines, curtains & blinds to wash or have cleaned according to the manufacturer’s directions
    1. Vacuum & clean window sills & corners
    2. Wash the insides & outsides of the windows
    3. Take down & rinse off screens, before replacing
  6. Apply oven cleaner to the oven & clean the refrigerator
    1. Leave windows open to avoid the heavy smells
    2. Vaccuum the coils of your unplugged refrigerator
  7. While the oven cleaner works, being sorting through the freezer & frigerator
  8. Take the knobs, burners, burner cover, & spill catchers off of the stove
  9. Wipe down & clean the toaster, blender & other small appliances.
  10. Clean out kitchen cabinets
  11. Run the dishwasher empty
  12. Wash down the counter tops in the kitchen
  13. Wipe down & clean out any drawers
  14. Wash down the sink
  15. Sweep & mop the floors

Bathroom(s):

Difficulty-Average

Time required: 45 minutes-1hour

  1. Follow the 15 minute bathroom cleanup
    1. get rid of trash & laundry
    2. Don’t do the floors
  2. Dust down the ceilings & corners
  3. Dust vents & fans
  4. Take down draperies, curtains, blinds, etc.
  5. scrub the shower & tub
  6. Scrub down the toilet
  7. Wash the inside & outside of the medicine cabinets, lined cabinets
  8. Wash down the sink & fixtures
  9. Shake out bathroom rugs
  10. Sweep & mop floor
  11. Empty & wash out the trash can
  12. Prepare for guests.

Living Room:

Difficulty: Easy

Time required: 45 minutes-1 hour

  1. Dust & clean out the couches & chairs
  2. Dust down & clean all accent lamps & knick knacks in the living room
  3. Remove books from Book shelves
  4. Dust accent tables & entertainment center
  5. Clean the carpets & rugs
  6. Clean doormats inside & outside your doorways

Bedroom(s):

Difficulty: Easy

Time required: 1-2 hours

  1. Wash all bedding, comforters, mattress pads, pillows etc.
    1. flip mattresses
  2. Dust down all dressers, chests & night stands
  3. Dust all knick knacks, lamps
  4. Clean ceiling fans & vents
  5. Dust down ceilings and corners
  6. Vacumme floor or sweep and mop (depends on the flooring)

Things needed:

  1. Dust mop
  2. step-ladder
  3. cleaning clothes
  4. small bucket with handle
  5. sponges
  6. vaccume with attachments
  7. all purpose cleaner, dish soap, or mild cleaner or choice,
  8. oven cleaner
  9. shelf or cabinet liners & drawer dividers
  10. rug shampoo machine with upholstery attachment
  11. spot remover for uphostery or carpets
  12. stiff brush
  13. plastic sack to line trash cans

Extra spring cleaning chores:

  1. Patio furniture
  2. grill
  3. store winter clothes
  4. garage or sheds
  5. pet area
  6. clean flower beds

**To get more information & check lists check out: www.thespruce.com/intensely-clean

~ R…

 

10 things to do before you list your home…

  1. Find your papers
    1. operating manuals for your appliances & HVAC sytem
    2. Notes on paint colors you used on walls
    3. any applicable warranties
    4. Old utility bills
  2. Get Estimates
    1. furnace
    2. roof
    3. water heater
  3. Straighten the mail box
    1. Gives curb appeal
    2. Lures people inside.
  4. Declutter
    1. Go through belongings & take out what is not used or needed
    2. Rooms should look open & kind of empty
  5. De-Personalize
    1. You want you home to be so bengn & neautral that anyone could image their belongings & personal touch
  6. Clean
    1. Yes, autually clean everything
    2. Best solution bake a pie. The smell is bound to attract an only-slightly unwilling laborer w/upper body strength
  7. Detail the landscaping
    1. Remove dead branches from trees
    2. Pulling weeds
    3. Painting fences
    4. Fixing driveway cracks
  8. Hide the pets
    1. If you own one & love it uncounditionally-hide it. Then you won’t have to explain how you managed to remove all the hair
  9. Plan to get rid of the kids for a while
    1. Under play their presence
    2. Prep your home by repairing the kid’s damages
  10. Take a deep breath–& some pictures
    1. take pictures of the before & after

 

~R….

 

Need a new roof? Here are 10 ways to tell…

***A roof should be inspected twice a year (Spring & Fall)

Take it from the top:

**This is the best place to begin is inside of your home…

  1. Places where the roof deck is sagging
  2. Signs of water damage or leaking
  3. Dark spots and trails
  4. Outside light showing through the roof

Exterior Check:

**Pay attention to such things as damaged flashing, missing shingles, curling, blistering, buckling, rotting and algae growth (which occurs most often in humid climates and appears as dark or greenish stains

  1.   Visually inspect your roof for cracks, torn, bald or missing shingles.
  2. Scan the roof for loose material or wear around chimneys, vents, pipes or other pentrations.
  3. Watch out for an excessive amount of shingle grandules
    1. They look like large graines of sand in the gutters
    2. Sign of advanced wear
  4. Check for signs of moisture, rot or mold
    1. Spots may be directly under the faulty shingle
      1. Water travels down to the lowest point before it starts to drip.
    2. Mold, fungi and bacteria growns quickly
      1. 24-48 hours water related problems
  5. Examine the drainage and make sure gutters and downspouts are securely attached.
    1. Ensure all drains are open and allow water to exit and all gutters and downspouts are free of debris
  6. Check that all bath, kitchen and dryer vents go entirely outside of your home
    1. Not just into the attic space.

~ R…

 

 

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