Here are our 10 ways to show your home some love:
If your sky blue accent wall looks more gray than blue, it’s time for a refresh. Head to your local paint or home improvement store to pick out some new colors. Painting experts recommend repainting your home’s interior once every 5-10 years. Consider doing one room each year to keep the project from feeling overwhelming.
If your home came with a popcorn ceiling, there’s no time like the present to take it down. Unfortunately, it’s a bit of a messy project, but it will pay off when you’re ready to sell. Get out your drop cloths and a texture scraper and get going. Here’s how to do it -->
Clean out your gutters
This dreaded task could save your home from water damage, loose gutters and even rodent infestations. Wait for a warm, sunny day when the ice has melted. When cleaning your gutters remember to be safe and wear gloves, a safety mask and safety goggles. It’s best to have a spotter holding the ladder, who is also wearing safety glasses.
Dust all your shelves
On those cold snowy days when you can’t do a lot of home projects, grab your duster, some paper towels and some cleaning spray to tackle this project. Go one shelf at a time removing all of the items, dusting them as you go, then dusting the shelf and replacing everything. It will take an hour or two but will be well worth it!
Keep the pests away
If you’ve been noticing an influx of bugs in your basement or main floor it may be time to spray to keep bugs out. You can try DIY tricks using coffee grounds and or essential oils, or find an exterior liquid insecticide. Whatever you do, read and follow the directions. Walk the exterior of your home with a foaming spray to fill in cracks and holes as well.
Change furnace filter
You should be replacing your furnace filter at least once a year and some experts recommend as often as once a month. Replacing your furnace filter will save you money, improve your air quality and reduce the time you spend dusting. It’s a simple job you can easily do on your own!
Scrub down the outside of your stove, oven and dishwasher and consider giving all your appliances (including your washer and dryer) an interior scrub.
- You can clean your dishwasher with some baking soda and vinegar. Here’s how -->
- To get your washer looking good as new with some bleach, baking soda and a rinse. Here’s how -->
- Don’t forget to check on your dryer vent to prevent any potential damage. Here’s how -->
Trimming your trees is good for the health of the trees as well as the safety of your home. The trees closest to your home are the most important. Trim down branches that extend over your roof or brush against windows as these are the ones most likely to damage to your house. While you have the saw out, don’t forget to look for any dead branches and cut those down as well.
Check for cracks around windows and doors
Cracks around your home can cost you money on your utility bill. You can easily do a visual inspection of all your windows and doors to see where air may be escaping. Once cracks or gaps have been identified, most can be filled in using an exterior-grade caulking.
Don’t forget the door knobs
If you’ve been futzing with that doorknob for the past few months, get the screwdriver out and get it tightened back up. More modern door handles may require a bit more work but will still only require your most basic tools and maybe a bit of Googling.
Your home is where you build your life and your family. During the “month of love” be sure to show your home, as well as those you love, some extra love.