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Given the amount of time homeowners spend inside their homes, it’s no surprise that most remodeling dollars end up indoors. But neglecting your home’s exterior can leave it looking tired and rundown. Here are four projects that will boost your home’s curb appeal and ensure that the outside of your home looks as good as the inside.
1. Liven Up Your Landscaping:
If you’re ready to spruce up your landscaping, you’ll want to do so when the temperatures are relatively cool. While you’re planning your project, be sure to take a look at the grade surrounding your home. Over time, it can become compacted and slope toward your house. Poor grading causes water to flow toward your home, putting your foundation at risk.
2. Touch It Up:
If left untouched, your siding could start to rot, mold or warp. Thankfully, a little preventative maintenance can help you avoid any costly siding repairs. If you notice chipping or peeling paint, it’s time to break out the sandpaper, primer, paint and paintbrushes. Most of the time, painting is a project that you can accomplish in an afternoon. But, your project could involve more work than you have time for. If that’s the case, now is a good time to start talking to pros. Pro Tip: Pressure washing your home each spring removes dirt and can help prevent mold and mildew infestations.
3. Repair Your Roofing and Gutters:
Missing shingles and sagging gutters do more than make your home look shoddy — they can cause seriously pricey problems. If you notice that your gutters are having trouble moving water away from your foundation, or if it’s been a while since you’ve had your roof inspected, it’s a good idea to have a roofing pro stop by for an inspection.
4. Fantastic Fencing
Has your fence seen better days? If so, taking the time to make repairs now could prevent you from having to replace your entire fence later down the road. In many cases, repairs are minor. Unless your fence is really worse for wear, you should be able to tackle the repairs in a weekend.
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By: Amy Howell Hirt
The key is to focus on the things your kids touch. Oh, and throw a party.
Ah, the guilt of parenthood: Your kiddos deserve real QT, but also a clean home.
Since there are only so many hours in a day, this spring cleaning plan hits the hot spots that tiny ones tend to find, so your fam can get back to the fun in a clean (if chaotic) space.
Clean Soft Surfaces
Kids are all over carpets, couch cushions, pillows, and duvets, and somehow even curtains (is that … peanut butter?).
These dirt-collecting materials need a deep-cleaning to get rid of allergy-causing dust, food particles, and all the general eww that little hands smear around.
Wash throws, pillow covers, and (most) pillows in the washer. Use a steam cleaner (or hire a pro) for carpet and upholstery. Some curtains may require dry cleaning (always a good idea to check the tag to see what the manufacturer recommends).
Then notice how your whole home feels and smells infinitely cleaner.
Involve Kids in a Purge Party:
Kids can accumulate a staggering amount of toys and doodads. Help them sort through what they can donate:
They’ll learn the value of decluttering, helping others, and taking care of a house. Also: less stuff.
“The benefit for parents is that they can spend more quality time with their children because they aren’t spending all of their time cleaning and organizing,” says Alyssa Trosclair, a professional organizer with Centsibly Organized.
Hit the Undersides of Tables, Counters:
Wipe off the bottoms of high-chair trays, the dining table, and the underside of countertops ledges, where sticky stuff often festers, missed during daily wipe-downs — but easily accessible to tiny hands.
While you’re at it, pull apart any tables with leaves and wipe down the cracks. You may find enough crumbs to make the grossest loaf of bread ever.
Clean Low-Lying Surfaces:
The track of a sliding door is a sterile place to stash your pacifier, right? Little ones sure think so.
Cleaning door thresholds, baseboards, as well as the lower portions of doors, walls, and furniture is important when you’ve got crawling and toddling hands in the household. Oh, and don’t forget the floor registers.
Do a Size Check on Winter Clothing:
Puffy coats, wool hats, scarves, gloves, and ginormous snow suits practically need their own house. And that’s not counting those 2-inch-thick sweaters. Purge the items you know won’t fit a fast-growing child next year, and clean the rest.
Because when the first big snowfall hits, kids won’t want to wait while you wash their crusty hat from last season.
Don’t Forget Door Knobs, Light Switches, Etc.:
Light switches, door knobs, cabinet handles, and remotes are some of the germiest places in your house. Cleaning them might be the most consequential to-do on your spring cleaning list.