To keep your home in tip top shape throughout the year, it’s important to maintain it in different ways for every season. But home maintenance can be such a pain! Who wants to take the time to clean out the gutters, mow the lawn or even deadhead the roses?
If you really hate home maintenance that much, of course, you can pay someone to do it for you. But it’s still important to know what to tell them to do. To help you stay organized, we’ve come up with this simple 5 point fall house cleaning checklist with all the essentials so there will be no surprises come winter.
The 5 Point Fall House Cleaning Checklist Everyone Needs Now
1. Clean Your Windows
Remove debris from summer storms and roof runoff by cleaning your windows. One of the biggest mistakes people make when cleaning their windows is thinking they have to do it all, both inside and out, by themselves. There is no shame in hiring professionals, who know best how to use the right amount of cleaner, don’t leave streaks, and don’t damage the glass by being too harsh. Admit it…you’e guilty of all of the above, right? Why not ask professionals to get involved. It is so worth the expense!
2. Dust Away
Even after a few weeks, dust can build up on surfaces. Fall is an excellent time to remove dust from blinds, tables, fridges, cabinets, and other areas you don’t regularly clean.
3. Change Your Filters
If you don’t already have a regular schedule to change your filters, you’ll want to change them with the seasons. Since fall means winter is coming, you should ensure your heating system is ready. Replace or clean filters so that your heating system runs efficiently.
Pro Tip: Test your system ahead of time to make sure it works. You can save the expense of emergency repairs by hiring someone to inspect it before the middle of winter.
4. Organize Clutter
As hard as you try to keep your house clean, you still collect clutter. Especially around office and kitchen areas, you may notice mail, grocery bags, and other items you’ve been hoarding or forgetting to sort. Look through piles of clutter to decide where these items actually go in your home, and which should probably go in the trash.
5. Put Yard Equipment in Storage
If you live in an area where it snows, you’ll want to clear your yard of above-ground pools, volleyball nets and other sports equipment, as well as patio furniture, so nothing freezes in place. That’ll give you more space in your yard to make snowmen and angels. If it doesn’t snow where you live, at least cover your patio furniture to protect it from the elements.
Taking time to prepare your home for winter is worth the energy. If you freshen up your home this fall, you’ll keep the good vibes of summer going all year long.