Big, little, new or old, your home is your sanctuary. Our memories begin there with birthday parties, Thanksgivings, and Christmas’s, our first bike ride, and having our first pet. It is your home base and nothing feels quite like it. With all those great memories and support around, it's a wonder we ever leave!
Eventually however, each of us does venture away from our family home to make our way in the world. It’s around that time that having a family of our own first occurs to us. It's just a thought in the beginning, but day by day things begin to change and the next thing we know, we’re looking at purchasing homes of our own. It’s just what we humans do. A family gives us purpose and presents us with challenges that we are somehow ready to take on. Our family is without a doubt the most important thing in our lives and our home is the most important place for our family. It’s kind of like... life’s command center. It’s where we manage our daily routines and plan our futures. We laugh, cry, and dream there, it’s part of us.
Take care of the family... Home
You might think that as important as our homes are, we’d naturally be obsessed with maintaining them right? Well, even the most caring folks get behind on the to-dos and that’s totally understandable, it’s a big job! Below are some great ways to stay on top of your home maintenance schedule. Whistle while you work!
- Plan to spend 30 minutes performing one small maintenance task in your yard, such as pruning a tree or shrub, painting a mailbox, or blowing leaves and debris from a garden path or sidewalk.
- Do some bathroom maintenance. Again, we’re talking about biting things off in small chunks here! Some examples:
- Pick a drain used by a person with long hair, and clean it out with a Zip-It tool.
- Spend some time repairing damaged tile grout in a shower or tub.
- Clean the mineral sediment out of a showerhead.
- Freshen up your garbage disposal. Run a tray of ice cubes through it, along with some baking soda or lemon rinds, and voila! It’ll be clean and fresh again.
These are the projects we all know we should do regularly but often don’t get to. Just pick an afternoon, and go for it!
- Clean the range hood and filter. This is one of those areas that we often forget about, but if you don’t take care of it on a regular basis, it will become unmanageably greasy and dirty over time.
- Clean the furnace filter, and replace it if needed. This will help your furnace run efficiently, keeping utility bills down.
- Polish wood furniture, dust light fixtures and wipe down baseboards.
- Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they’re functioning and don’t need new batteries. If you have a fire extinguisher, make sure it’s fully charged.
- Visually inspect the outside of your home for problems or issues, such as loose shingles, damaged siding, insect nests, or overgrown trees or shrubbery. Make a note to correct the problems!
Schedule these tasks in a way that makes sense to you. You can do them on a seasonal basis or just schedule one or two days per year to knock everything out.
- Clean and organize your garage, basement or attic. This is a maintenance task that everyone dreads doing, but it feels so good once it’s done! Plus, you’ll most likely discover some forgotten treasures to either donate to charity or sell online.
- Wash windows and window screens, and let the sunshine in! While this task is often done in the spring, you can do it any time of the year.
- Take on one major outdoor improvement project per year, and schedule a day or two to complete it. For example, you might want to install a fence, refinish a large deck, patch up an asphalt or concrete driveway, or install raised garden beds.
- Clean out gutters, check under the eaves, remove trees or shrubbery that are encroaching on your home, and install wire grates in any holes to keep pests out.
- Freshen up one room in your home. Pick any room, and give it a mini makeover. For instance, you can repaint it, switch curtains, move the furniture, and add plants and knickknacks to give it a whole new look. If you do this with one room per year, in a few years, your whole home will look terrific!
It matters where you buy, what you buy, and who guides you through the buying process. From beginning to end it’s personal, emotional, and probably the biggest purchase you’ll ever make. We care about your future and are ready to help when you need us! Feel free to reach out with any questions. Yes, It matters where you close.
By Lee Brinn ~ TitleQuest
Drill, Jane See. “THE CHECK LIST IS THE KEY TO TAKING CARE OF YOUR HOME (Without Stress)” HOME, Zillow, 28 December 2017. Web. 8, 31, 2018
https://www.zillow.com/blog/taking-care-of-your-home-223424/ Accessesed 31 Aug 2018