A home is often our largest investment. Keeping that investment safe doesn’t stop at paying for insurance. Caring for your home and its major systems will ensure that your home is always inviting, comfortable, and protected from major problems. Whether you’ve owned your home for a few months or a few decades, you can care for your investment using just a few simple tips.
Set up a Cleaning Schedule
Want to avoid the dreaded “Flight of the Bumblebee” cleaning session? A cleaning schedule may be just the thing you need. Most homeowners will benefit from using weekly, monthly, and yearly schedules. A weekly schedule will ensure that those most-used places in your home are always tidy. A monthly schedule will ensure that things like smoke detectors, range hoods, and baseboards are not ignored. Yearly or seasonal schedules can include cleaning the garage, making a room over, and cleaning the gutters. The combination of these maintenance schedules will ensure your home is always in tip-top shape.
Keep the Landscaping Tidy
Keeping the outside of your home tidy is just as important as keeping the inside clean. Landscaping that is neglected can not only make your home look unkempt, it can also result in expensive fixes later down the road. Weeds that are allowed to grow unchecked can cause permanent damage to concrete and brick. Within your cleaning schedules, be sure to include outdoor tasks such as trimming bushes, mowing grass, and removing weeds.
Remove Clutter and Organize Regularly
Getting rid of the extra items that you don’t need will not only give you more space in your home but will also give you more time. Fewer things to clean equals less time cleaning. Pick a date to donate unused items, designate a collection box or spot, and get decluttering. Once you have removed the clutter, organizing will become much easier. There are as many kinds of organizing systems as there are organizing styles. Find the organizing system that works for you and put it into place. Your home will run much more smoothly.
Maintain your HVAC System
Maintaining your HVAC system has many benefits. A well-maintained HVAC system will run more efficiently, which will save you money and keep your home comfortable year-round. Ignoring your HVAC can result in costly repairs and potentially unsafe situations such as broken pipes and carbon monoxide leaks. An HVAC can be one of the most expensive purchases a homeowner makes. Scheduling a twice-yearly tune-up will ensure that your HVAC systems are ready for any weather.
At the end of the day, we all just want to go home. It may seem daunting to care for this major life investment, but caring for your home doesn’t have to be an overwhelming to-do list. Scheduling your home cleaning and maintenance tasks, and decluttering and organizing will help you get tasks done without losing your mind or your investment. Geting help from professionals when needed will also ensure your major systems are well maintained.