Spring is such a magical time. The weather’s warming, the flowers and trees are blooming, and the sun shines brighter for longer. And after months of being trapped indoors, the urge to clean things up and shake off the funk of winter really kicks into overdrive. So to help get you started, here are a few spring cleaning tips for both landlords and tenants!
Spring Cleaning For Landlords
After months of snow and ice, the exterior of your rental may require a little TLC and repair. Have the roof inspected to check for missing or damaged shingles to help prevent leaks. Clean out your gutters to help prevent clogs, water dams, and other serious damage that could occur from debris build-up. Inspect the window and door seals for leaks or drafts and repair as needed. And last but not least, have your sprinklers serviced so they’re ready for the summer months ahead!
Spring is the perfect time to service your furnace and AC. After months of chugging to keep your home warm and cycling air on repeat, your HVAC system could use a good cleaning. Schedule a professional HVAC service to complete any preventative maintenance and have the unit cleaned. Order a duct cleaning to get rid of any debris, dust, and other nasties that could be living in your vents. And don’t forget to have the dryer vent cleaned, too, to improve efficiency and help guard against potential fire safety issues.
Tips for Tenants
Now that warmer days are ahead, start storing your winter clothes and thicker blankets. Spring is the perfect time to declutter your home as well. Go through your belongings and see what you can donate or throw away. If you haven’t used or worn it in a year, it’s time to let it go.
Deep cleaning is hard work, but extremely rewarding and important for the overall health and management of your home. Start by vacuuming and cleaning the floors, in both high-traffic and low-traffic areas. Move the furniture around and clean beneath those spaces, too. Dust from top to bottom, including the blades of any ceiling fans. Clean the walls with a sponge and water (avoid any colored or dyed soap that could stain the walls) to get rid of any stains, scuffs, or marks. Gently use a magic eraser for tougher marks where water doesn’t do the trick. Wash the windows and screens to get rid of dirt and dust. And don’t forget the sills!
Dust off that lawnmower and weedwhacker! Spring means growth, and growth means lawn maintenance. Ensure your tools are up to the task for the season ahead.
While you don’t have to wait for Spring to complete a lot of these tasks, now is the perfect time to get started. Regular deep cleaning of the interior and exterior of your home are important to the overall health and maintenance of your home (for both the structure and those who live inside it!). Be sure to complete these items and any other routine maintenance your home may need.