Don’t worry, we’re not talking about a horror film! As the weather warms up, it’s time to tackle your spring cleaning checklist — but after nearly a year at home, “purge” might be a better description. We’ve compiled a handy list that you can reference as you work your way through these annual chores.
We’ve also added bonus projects that offer the best cost vs. value return on your investment. If you’re hoping to list your home soon, these tasks will boost your curb appeal and even add thousands to your asking price. Check out Remodeling’s regional breakdown of most valuable home improvements for even more ideas.
Wipe down baseboards, window sills, doors, walls
Vacuum and wipe down vents
Wash window treatments and dust blinds
Dust light fixtures and lamp shades
Wash windows inside and out
Dust and shine overhead lights
Replace burnt-out light bulbs
Store all winter items, including clothes and any leftover holiday decorations
Dust curtain rods
Bonus: Upgrade or install ceiling fans. Fans are among the most-requested home features, according to a recent National Association of Home Builders survey.
Clean washing machine
Clean lint trap
Clean dryer vent
Bonus: If you don’t have a dedicated laundry room, you might want to think about creating one — 91 percent of buyers say it’s a must.
Wash bedding, including throw pillows
Flip or rotate mattress
Vacuum under bed and throw out anything you find that you don’t need
Bonus: Add a walk-in closet or install an organization system to attract first- and second-time home buyers.
Wash throw pillows
Clean ceiling fans
Sanitize remote controls
Shampoo rugs or carpets
Vacuum sofa and chairs
Bonus: If you have an oversize living room, consider partitioning some of it to create a dedicated home office, one of the top trends of the past year.
Clean out pantry and wipe down shelves
Wash outside of kitchen cabinets
Deep clean the oven
Vacuum and mop behind fridge and vacuum coils
Deep clean fridge inside and out
Toss out expired food
Dust range hood
Clean microwave inside and out
Wash dish rags/sponges
Bonus: A walk-in pantry is a must-have, especially during a pandemic that has curtailed restaurants visits. In fact, it’s the no. 1 most requested feature in a recent homebuyers survey.
Change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Check all electronics and make sure they’re in working order
Organize plugs and cords
Check expiration date on fire extinguisher (or buy one if you don’t own one)
Wipe down computers
Bonus: Energy efficient appliances are a big selling point for home buyers, so if you’re in need of a new dishwasher, for example, you can expect to get a solid return on your investment.
Sweep front porch and back deck
Bonus: Time to upgrade that patio and rebuild those retaining walls! Manufactured stone veneer is one of the best investments you can make in our region, and outdoor spaces have become especially valuable during the pandemic.
Wash shower liners and curtains
Scrub tile grout
Bonus: Time to break up with your tiny tilework. Homeowners are shunning them for larger tiles that are much easier to clean.
Donate unused sporting equipment
Air out space
Clean garage door and frame
Replace batteries for garage door
Bonus: Replace your garage door for a boost in curb appeal and recoup 96.1 percent of your investment. Or add or upgrade storage space to reduce clutter — 85 percent of homebuyers love this feature.
If you’re looking for even more checklists and ways to get inspired, check out Breakthrough Broker. It’s your go-to for everything from marketing templates to social media tips. We’re happy to help you get started — just call your sales rep and we’ll give you a walkthrough.