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Spring Cleaning Checklist For Your Home

Spring is in the air! Temperatures are rising, days are getting longer, birds are singing their songs, and homeowners throughout the area are getting their spring cleaning to-do lists in order. Not sure where to start? The Mobile Attic is here to help you out. We’ve got a great list of spring cleaning tasks to get your momentum going.

Spring Cleaning Checklist For Your Home - Nashville TN - Mobile AtticShampoo Your Carpets

It’s a good rule of thumb to shampoo your carpets once every year, so get your shampooer out of the closet (or rent one) and give your rugs and carpet the deep cleaning they need to stay looking great for the long haul. Or, if you lack the time or energy to do it yourself, hire a company to do it for you! Trust us – this is one task that is well worth every penny spent.

This is especially necessary for households with kids or pets. Hair, dirt, dust, and more is much more likely to get into the fibers of your carpet when little ones and animals keep running over it, and it wears it down much quicker. You’ll be amazed at the difference a thorough shampooing will make!

To top it off, cleaner carpets reduce the risk of getting sick or triggering allergies in those prone to experience them. All in all, a well worthwhile investment, indeed.

Wash All The Windows

Spring is also a great time to wash every window in the house. This can be a big job to take on, but once it’s done, you’ll find your home’s ambiance is much more enjoyable. Cleaner windows allow more light to enter your home, and they actually keep the window stronger and less prone to experience scratches and etching, too.

All in all, your home’s value will stay high, and your curb appeal won’t suffer for it, either. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your glass cleaner and get this process started!

Dust Everything

You probably already dust your shelves and dressers on a regular basis, but what about your ceiling fan? Your blinds? Your light shades? There are many things around your home that probably don’t get addressed as often as they should, and we’d dare to bet that there’s a layer of dust that needs to be cleaned off. Be sure to dust all of your decorative items, books, and knick-knacks, too!

Wipe Down Your Walls

Your walls are another part of your home that get surprisingly dirty. Take some time to wipe them down and get rid of the dust, fingerprints, and smudges that have likely accumulated. Again, this is a task that makes a surprising difference in how fresh and clean your home looks and feels.

Clean & Organize Drawers & Cabinets

When life gets busy, it can be easy to throw random odds and ends (batteries, old mail, receipts, etc.) into random drawers or cabinets. If this sounds all too familiar, take an afternoon to sort through it all! Try to come up with a different organizational system for bills and important papers, and then throw away anything you no longer need. You’ll feel so much better for it in the end, and you’ll be really happy you did it when you’re looking for that one specific thing you know is stashed somewhere in your home.

Deep Clean Your Refrigerator

How’s your refrigerator looking these days? It’s not uncommon for food and drinks to spill on the shelves, and you may even have some old leftovers or expired products hiding out in there. Sound about right? Then, a deep clean is in order. Throw away anything past the sell by date or no longer edible, then take the shelves out one by one and give them a good scrub.

This process will ensure everything stays as sanitary and organized as possible, and it may even inspire you to get a meal plan in order or try out some new recipes! Don’t put it off – get cleaning today!

Clear Out Your Closets

Switching to your spring and summer wardrobe? While you’re at it, why not go through your closet and clear out the clothing you never wear anymore? You could either donate it or even try to sell it for some extra cash. Once you get your clothing sorted out and organized, it’s time to move onto other storage spaces. Spring is a great time to get rid of everything you no longer need or use and reorganize all the stuff you still want to keep.

Did you go through it all, only to realize you’re still short on room? No problem! Our team can help you out with a storage unit. We offer three different sizes of units, so you only pay for what you need, and we can deliver the container to your house, making it easier than ever for you to clear out your space and store whatever you need.

Once you’re done packing everything up, just give us a call, and we will deliver the storage unit back to our secure facility. Safe, easy, and convenient – that’s what you deserve! If you’re ready to get started, reach out to our team today to discuss your options. We’re happy to help with all of your spring cleaning and storage needs!

Winter Maintenance Tips For Your Home

At this point in the year, most people are getting sick of cold weather and rain, but the unfortunate fact is that there are still a few weeks of winter left, so it’s important to be prepared. If you own a home, taking a few precautions now could wind up saving you a lot of stress, hassle, and money down the line. Learn more about what steps should be taken to better prepare your property for this harsher weather by reading below. The sooner you act, the better!

winter maintenance tipsAvoiding Frozen Pipes

A big thing that should be done is insulating your plumbing. This step ensures you aren’t left with frozen or burst pipes, which can lead to extensive water damage, as well as some costly repair bills. Any pipes that are in colder areas of the home, such as the attic, basement, or crawl space should be insulated to ensure they don’t get too cold. And if you have plumbing that goes into your garage or anywhere outside, you may want to consider relocating it.

It’s also advised to let a small trickle of water run on those especially cold days to keep water flowing and be sure to keep your cabinets open, too, to ensure the heat from your home reaches those colder under-the-sink areas.

Increasing Efficiency In Your Heating System

How’s your HVAC system operating? If your energy bills seem higher than normal, it may be time to get some professional insight. There could be debris building up inside of your vents, or you may even have mold forming. Rats, mice, and other pests have been known to work their way into these areas, too, and their feces can cause damage and contaminate your air.

All in all, it’s well worth it to have your air ducts inspected and cleaned, and it will help you avoid bigger (and potentially dangerous) problems down the line.

Preventing Water Damage

Like we said, avoiding frozen pipes will definitely help prevent water-related damages, but there are some other steps you’ll need to take, too, to keep moisture out of your home. First, clean out your gutters. All that snow on your roof will eventually melt, and your gutters offer a clear pathway off your shingles and away from the foundation of your home.

You’ll also want to ensure your masonry is adequately protected. Have a professional come in and apply their specially formulated waterproofing products to guarantee a strong seal that is vapor-permeable allowing anything already soaked inside the opportunity to effectively escape.

Have a sump pump? Make sure it’s working properly to avoid flooding. If another long rain rolls around, this is one step that could wind up saving you from a basement filled with water!

Schedule Inspections For Your Appliances

Your fireplace and other gas appliances should be inspected annually to ensure they operate as safely as possible throughout these chilly weeks. These systems tend to see more use this time of year, but even small issues can result in dangerous scenarios for you and your household. A big threat is carbon monoxide exposure. Since this gas is colorless and odorless, it is impossible to detect, but it is known to be deadly when not addressed right away.

Investing in annual inspections and getting these things serviced regularly is a big step in keeping your loved ones better protected. Also, make sure you have carbon monoxide detectors installed throughout your home as these will offer a clear warning should the gas be present.

Have Your Dryer Vents Professionally Cleaned

Does your dryer seem unusually warm lately? Have your clothes been really hot coming out of it? Do you have to run multiple cycles to get your laundry dry? Then it’s probably time to invest in a dryer vent cleaning! Dryers tend to get used more in the winter, so investing in this service now is always a good route to take.

Clogged vents lead to fires, gas leaks, and inefficiency, so it’s always more cost-effective to get this maintenance done at least once per year.

Safely Store Lawn Equipment

Things like mowers, rakes, weed whackers, and the like don’t see much use this time of year, so you’re better off safely storing them, so they don’t become damaged in the cold weather. Our team would be happy to set you up with a storage container so that you can easily stash this equipment until it is needed down the line. (And, while you’re at it, throw warm-weather clothing, Christmas decor, and anything else in the way in there, too!) This is an easy step that will ease your winter stress and clear up space in a hurry.

Stay Prepared!

Because storms and outages are more common this time of year, it’s important to ensure you have your home well-stocked with non-perishable food items, flashlights, batteries, first-aid supplies, extra blankets, portable heaters, and anything else you may need if the electricity shuts down.

Get Started Today!

So, what are you waiting for? The more tasks you tackle ahead of time, the less damage you risk facing down the line, and affordable maintenance now is always a better investment than pouring your money into expensive and time-consuming repair jobs down the line. Make a to-do list and get started today!