Spring is a busy time of year. Outside, birds are singing, flowers are blooming and the weather’s warming up. However, it isn’t just nature that’s getting active. Spring is a busy time for many homeowners as well as they look to banish the winter blues.
During the winter, it’s easy for clutter to build up, and for general home maintenance to be neglected. But as the weather warms up, there’s a flurry of activity as people begin spring cleaning their properties in preparation for those (hopefully) long, warm summer months.
We as an estate agent in Brixton have come up with some great ideas on how to prepare your home this spring…
Preparing the Exterior of Your Property
The outside of your home takes a battering during the harsh winter weather so start there, working from the top down.
Firstly, tackle your gutters, clearing out any winter debris so they can cope with the inevitable spring showers. While you’re up there, check that nothing has come loose or detached from the building, and do a visual inspection of the roof.
Clean all doors and windows to rid them of winter grime, and give any fixtures such as door knobs and knockers a quick polish so they look shiny and welcoming.
Finally, check your outside lighting, giving the fixtures a clean and replacing any burnt-out light bulbs.
Cleaning the Interior
Moving inside, check all the light bulbs in your property are working, and give the light fittings a clean so the light shines brightly and gives a feeling of freshness.
Working methodically through your property, clean all of the inside walls, windowpanes and doors, paying particular attention to the entryways, making your home look fresh and inviting. Where necessary, take down your curtains and give them a wash or dry clean.
Next, turn your attention to the furniture. Polish your wooden furniture so it’s gleaming, and flip the mattress in your bedroom. In the lounge, take the cushions off the chairs and sofas to give them a good hoover (you may even find a little money for your troubles!) and beat the cushions to rid them of dust.
Once you’ve done that, turn your attention to hoovering any dirt and dust on the carpets and rugs.
Spring Clean Your Clutter
Finally, it’s time to tackle your clutter, which may seem the most daunting task of all. Now it’s definitely time to be ruthless. Working one room at a time, look at everything and question whether it’s something you really need, thinking back to the last time you used it. If it’s broken, throw it in the rubbish or take it for recycling, and if it’s in good condition but you no longer have a use for it, start a box for the charity shop.
The final task is your clothes. If you haven’t worn it over the last year, then chances are you’re unlikely to wear it again, so pack up unwanted clothes and add them to your charity shop box. Finally, you will want to clear some space in your wardrobe for summer clothes, so give your winter coats, clothes and accessories a good wash, then store them in plastic boxes ready for next winter.
Spring cleaning your home may seem like a task, but once you’ve rid your house of mess and clutter you’ll be ready to kick back and enjoy the summer months.
Thanks to Eden Harper, an estate agent with properties for sale in Brixton for this guest post.