Monday, January 24, 2011

It's Not Just Spring Cleaning...

As a homeowner you have the amazing benefit of owning a piece of real estate that can be a financial asset to you and your family. Along with the benefits of owning property there also comes the not so fun part of having lots of responsibilities to maintain your asset to ensure it holds its value. Here is a quick checklist of things that you should make sure to keep up with in and around your home, because cleaning is not just for the spring! You may want to mark your calender to do some semi-annual cleaning in the spring and fall and of course touch up on things throughout the year.


  • check caulking and weather sealing around windows and doors. If you have outside air coming in it will be a cold and costly winter. Replacing or fixing weather stripping can have a significant effect on the energy efficiency of your home.
  • Drain outside faucets.
  • Clean gutters and pipes of all leaves so they will not get clogged.
  • Clean siding.
  • Inspect wood framing for termites and treat as necessary


  • Have heating system checked and tuned up as needed.
  • Check all faucets for leaks.
  • Clean refrigerator coils.
  • Test and check batteries on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.



  • Check for cracked of peeled paint.
  • Replace any damaged door or window screens.
  • Inspect roof for missing shingles
  • clean exterior garage doors, refinish if needed.


  • Replace filters on air conditioners.
  • Check and clean dryer vent, stove hood, and room fans.
  • Check seals on the refrigerator and freezer.
  • Check attic for proper ventilation.
  • Deep clean drapes and blinds.
  • Test batteries on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

*To see the full cleaning checklist purchase "Keys to Homeownership" the official pamphlet published by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling.

*The beautiful home pictured above is in Draper. Love it? Click this link to view more details

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