This is the time of year where the weather becomes warmer and cleaning becomes an important part of homeownership, but poor planning and execution can instead make the undertaking counterproductive.
Here are six all-too-common mistakes homeowners make, and that you’d do well to avoid, when tackling spring (and summer) cleaning projects:
1. Not having a plan. Whether you start with the bedrooms or the kitchen, devise a plan of action and focus your attention and efforts on that one space.
2. Expecting to do everything in one day. Setting reasonable and practical expectations for yourself will keep you on track, but be careful not to get too overzealous. Cleaning every nook and cranny of your home isn’t realistically achievable in a day.
3. Don’t clean all by yourself. Consider inviting a friend or family member over to lend a hand. You might find the whole process much more enjoyable that way.
4. Not tackling the tough jobs. What constitutes a “tough job?” Perhaps it’s scrubbing the baseboards or cleaning the air return vent. It’s important not to let jobs such as these fall by the wayside because buyers’ eyes will assuredly be drawn to those areas of your home if and when the time comes to sell.
5. Using just one cleaning product. With the scores of products on the shelf that are specially for floors, countertops, mirrors, etc., don’t use the same product on all surfaces and areas of your home. After all, window cleaner doesn’t make for a good countertop cleaning agent.
6. Using just one tool to clean. Many homeowners try to get away with the bare minimum by using a single dish rag or broom. Just as each cleaning product has a specific purpose, each tool you use should depend on the task at hand.
If you have any questions about any of these tips or there’s a topic you’d like me to bring up in a future video, please give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you!