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May Maintenance Check List

Spring is officially here and that can only mean one thing…it’s time for a deep clean! Dreaded my many, yet appreciated by all. I know it probably feels like you’ve been cleaning non-stop these past few weeks, but now is a good time to give a little attention to some of the areas we may have been neglecting. I mean, seriously, did anyone expect 3 months ago that we’d be more focused on wiping down our groceries than anything else? I, for one, have never wiped so many door knobs, banisters, or pre-packaged grocery items in all my life!  And, now that we’re finished with the cold and beginning to see more sun and less rain it’s a great time to scrub the floors and steam clean the carpets. The way I see it, nice weather allows all of my hard work last longer!


To – Dos:

Interior – 

  • Clean your garbage disposal
  • Clean microwave and oven
  • Clean range hood filters
  • Test carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
  • Clean and replace window screens
  • Run water and flush toilets in less frequently used spaces
  • Wash pillows and comforters
  • Freshen up your mattresses by sprinkling with baking soda and then vacuum
  • Dust fan blades
  • Clean under major appliances
  • Test sump pump if you have one and check status of back-up battery
  • Check basement for damp spots after rain
  • Check attic for damp spots after rain

 

Exterior:

  • Inspect and pump septic tank if needed
  • Clean and inspect outdoor lighting fixtures
  • Oil garage door tracks
  • Trim trees, non-flowering bushes, and shrubs. For those that flower you should not trim until they have finished flowering.
  • Apply lawn fertilizer
  • Mulch garden beds
  • Repair loose siding and trim board
  • Spruce up your front porch with a few potted plants
  • Clean patio furniture

 

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