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5 Spring Cleaning Projects You Can Complete This Weekend

by Hart Real Estate Solutions

With warm, sunny days finally starting to become the norm as we move closer to the summer months, some of us may have caught the spring cleaning fever. An annual deep cleaning once winter’s chill has thawed will allow your home to “air out”, while the warm weather may help you find the motivation you need to get started.

There are a wide variety of spring cleaning projects you could tackle this year— here are a few of the biggest:

  1. The Windows (including any screens) 
  • For clean windows that are streak-free, mix one part hot water with one part distilled vinegar. Moisten a sponge with the solution, then wipe down windows. Dampen a squeegee and clean from the top down, wiping off the squeegee after each stroke. Be sure to clean windows when there is no direct sunlight hitting them— the heat can cause the glass to dry too quickly, leaving you with streaks.
  • To clean the screens, give them a good rinse with the garden hose. Three parts warm water and one part household ammonia makes an effective cleaning solution. Scrub in small circles from top to bottom, and rinse with the hose again when finished.
  1. The Ceiling Fans
  • Dust and grime can easily build up on those hard-to-reach places in your home, and the ceiling fans are no exception. An easy way to clean the blades without letting the dust fall on the floor is to wrap a pillowcase around the blade and “pull” the dust off. You can then give each blade a more thorough wipe down once the initial layer of dust is gone.
  1. The Carpets
  • Even if you vacuum on a regular basis year-round, a deep clean will reach into the carpet fibers to clean out any food particles or debris that your vacuum alone cannot reach. If you don’t want to hire a professional carpet cleaner, renting a professional-grade cleaner from a home improvement store will also get the job done effectively.
  1. The Refrigerator and Freezer
  • This one’s a no brainer. Throw out anything that’s past its expiration date or that you know you’ll never touch again and consolidate sauces when possible. Take the shelves and icemaker out and give them all a good wipe down. Be sure you wipe any drawers and shelves too. 
  1. The Trashcan
  • That’s right— the trashcan. Any lingering garbage smells you’ve noticed over the winter were likely coming from your trashcan, even after you had already taken out the garbage. Give it a good scrub with hot soapy water in the backyard. This may be the dirtiest job on our list, but it’s an important one that many don’t think of.

While spring cleaning projects aren’t enjoyable for everyone, most will agree that once the hard work is finished and you sit back to admire your clean, sparkling house, the hassle of cleaning is well worth the time and effort.

How To Ensure a Smooth Move with Your Pets

by Hart Real Estate Solutions

While moving to a new home is tremendously exciting, it can also be incredibly stressful. Whether you’re moving across the country, across the state, or just across town, moving requires a lot of preparation and planning ahead of time, especially if you have pets. We all love our furry friends and want to make the move easier not only for us, but also for them. Here are a few tips to ensure that your move with pets is as hassle-free as can be:

  1. Cats (and skittish dogs) don’t like change— keeping your pet’s routine as normal as possible leading up to moving day will help them start to acclimate to a changing environment. Walking and feeding them at the times you normally would will benefit them tremendously.


  1. Additionally, start bringing your moving boxes in early rather than all at once to help them adjust to the moving process ahead of time.


  1. On moving day, keep pets in a quiet, closed room or a fenced backyard to avoid them getting underfoot or running away, especially since front and back doors will be open for a majority of the time that you are loading up vehicles.


  1. Always transport small animals in a well-ventilated and secure carrier, and always keep larger dogs leashed and under control.


  1. If you’re moving long-distance and plan on staying in hotels for any part of your move, make sure the hotel is pet-friendly before you arrive.


  1. Inform your vet if you’re moving out of the area— they’ll be able to give you medical records and prescriptions, and may even be able to recommend another vet in your new neighborhood.

Moving isn’t easy, and it certainly isn’t made any easier by having to move your pets, but by planning ahead, making arrangements early, and maintaining their routine, a move can be smooth sailing, no matter the distance.

Our office puppy, Maya!

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