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Surefire Ways to Tackle Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning

The official start to spring just around the corner!

You are probably making up a quick to-do list in your head of all the spring cleaning items you’ll soon be tackling.

If you are avoiding it, it might be because you don’t like getting rid of stuff or you feel it’s too big of a task.

While many families dread spring cleaning, it doesn’t actually have to be so terrible.

So if you’ve never done a proper spring cleaning or you seem to lose your steam halfway through, follow our tips to stay on top of it:


Strategies are Essential for Success

Taking on a deep clean of the entire home is a big task, so you will need a plan.

Start by organizing tasks by each room and focus on the areas that have been neglected rather than re-cleaning something that has recently received attention.

A plan will not only keep you sane, but it will make the whole process more efficient and less stressful.


Free Yourself from Clutter First

Before you do anything, you’re going to have to roll up your sleeves and get into the clutter.

Assign each family member a room or even make them responsible for their own things.

Separate items into donate, sell, and trash piles. Clearing out the unnecessary mess will make the entire cleaning process that much easier.


Assemble a First Aid Kit

We’re not talking about a real first aid kit with bandages and ointments.

This is more of a home first aid kit, with all the essentials you’ll need to perform a proper clean.

You’re going to need things like: an all-purpose cleaner, disinfecting wipes, rubber gloves, glass cleaner, duster, microfiber cloths, etc.

Pro-tip: Investing in a suitable vacuum will definitely payoff.


Take Everything Apart

It’s important, especially when dusting or vacuuming, that you get every nook and cranny.

Take everything off of the shelf, bookcase, move the furniture, etc. rather than just dusting around it. A little extra effort now will do your home, and your possessions, some good in the long run.


Don’t Forget the Fridge

Even if you fancy yourself diligent in throwing out expired foods, you should take an hour or two to really focus on your fridge.

Remove everything and check it all. Wipe down containers with leftovers and then spray down the inside of the refrigerator with water and vinegar before putting everything back.

Pro-tip: Clean your fridge’s condenser coil to prolong the life of your appliance.


Spring cleaning is not so daunting if you take the time to make a game plan… and then stick to it!


Are You Ready?

Is this your first spring cleaning rodeo?

If not, would you add anything to the list? Let us know in the comments below. We love to hear from you!

We hope these tips will serve you well and help you prepare your home for the warmer months.

If you haven’t had your annual home inspection do it now! This is an easy thing to tick off your to-do list.


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Categories Home Inspection

The Truth about Air Duct Cleaning

Air Duct Cleaning

Out of sight, out of mind is the approach many take when it comes to regular home maintenance or big cleaning projects.

If you can’t see it, why bother?

Especially if you know it’s going to take up your entire Sunday to address.

While regular HVAC maintenance is important, there is debate surrounding one specific area: the air ducts.

The general consensus is that frequent air duct cleaning isn’t necessary, but there are some issues that call for a professional air duct cleaning.


Some Air Duct Problems to Leave to the Professionals

  • Suspicion of mold growth
  • Mice or vermin infestation
  • Visible dust coming from the supply registers when air is exiting the vents
  • Dust buildup when changing air filters
  • Black debris around air vent register


What Goes into the Duct Cleaning?

Air duct cleanings should be performed by professionals, as special tools and techniques are required for a proper cleaning.

Additionally ducts may have to be cut for access by special tools; which requires skill and previous knowledge.

It’s recommended to get a professional duct cleaning once every 2-5 years, but of course it’s all boils down to what you feel is best for you and your home.

Some families who deal with allergies or asthma may consider more frequent cleanings.


Preparing for the Cleaning

Site prep is key for a successful cleaning.

While you shouldn’t attempt to do the cleaning yourself, there are plenty of helpful measures you can take beforehand that will ensure a smooth and successful job.


1. Review

Along with your duct cleaning contractor, you’ll want to review and evaluate each step of the process so that there is no confusion.

You should disclose any and all information about remodels or HVAC issues in the past before the cleaning.


2. Make Space

Just like with a home inspection, you’ll want to make sure you clear out the key areas.

Find out ahead of time how much space around the air vent register your contractor would like. Ensure each register is accessible, and you’ll save everyone time.


3. Prepare for Noise

There’s no way around it, duct cleaning can be very loud.

If you have children or pets, consider getting them out of the house for the day as it may agitate them. If it’s not possible for them to leave the house, make sure you have them in a safe area.


4. Safety Plan

Even if you plan to stay in the house, you should go over a safety plan with your contractor.

While it’s uncommon, fires are always possible, especially when handling special equipment.

Be sure that you and your contractor both know where the nearest fire extinguisher and exits out of the house are located.


While there may be debate around the benefits of or how often to have duct cleanings, there’s one thing everyone can agree on—cleanings should always be performed by certified professionals.

If you have any home concerns or you’d like an expert opinion, get in touch with us here! Schedule your own HVAC inspection and see if an air duct cleaning is in the cards for your future.

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