Seven Things Home Owners Should Do Every Year

When you live in the same house for many years, some of the cleaning projects and upkeep can fall by the wayside. “Did I replace the walkway five years ago, or was it more like ten? When did those shrubs get so tall?” That kind of stuff. Don’t worry, we’re here to help. Buy yourself a brand new 2017 calendar, pick a week, and write down these seven things to do all at once so you can feel at peace with your home for the rest of the year! The best part? If you feel like a splurge, you can hire people to do most of these for you!

  1. Clean your gutters! This is a classic, but it’s still important. Failing to do this could damage your roof, and while you might find some gross things up there (cross your fingers no rodents died on your roof last year) you might also find that frisbee you’ve been missing!

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  • Steam clean your carpets. Hey, we’re not judging. We know you vacuum. Steam cleaning is completely different. It’s like shampooing your house so that everything comes up, and your home smells and looks as fresh as the day your carpet was installed.
  • REALLY wash your windows. Get out there, scrub ‘em down, and rinse them off… both sides. It’s a bummer but it will make your home sparkle.
  • Empty every drawer in your home (and we mean every drawer). Clean it out, throw stuff away, organize it all. It’s a hard job to do but you’ll thank us when you know exactly where that lint roller is.
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  • Trim your trees. It keeps your yard pretty but it also helps you identify if any of your plants is in danger of falling and damaging things like your car or your neighbor’s house.
  • Call an exterminator, even if you don’t think you need to. A preemptive visit from the bug guy is helpful because he can give you tips for prevention, and who knows – he might find something you didn’t.
  • Check out an open house in your neighborhood, even if you don’t want to move. It’s good to know how the market is going, it helps you meet your neighbors, and bonus! You can see the innovative ways other people decorate!
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