Spring Cleaning!

What time is it? SPRING CLEANING!

 

I may be weird, but the time of spring cleaning is my favorite time of the year. After it’s done you will feel refreshed, de-cluttered and all together less stressed. The idea of throwing stuff away or donating it might be scary, but it is so worth it in the end. I know this may be easier said than done, but you have to attack spring cleaning with the attitude: “Just throw it away”.

 

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This has happened to me before too, so you’re not alone. You buy something for a really good deal, you wait for the perfect event to wear it…but after months and months….it is still collecting dust in the closet. The thought: it has still never been worn! What a waste! Here’s the thing: the perfect event is never going to come, donate it!

 

Never Skip

            It is so easy to get distracted by something going on the day you dedicate to spring cleaning. You might put in half the work into doing all the cleaning, skip wiping down a shelf, or even skip an entire room. Taking one day to do EVERYTHING is crucial. You’ll thank yourself long term because the stress of cleaning will no longer be hanging over your head.

 

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Picture, how you want a room to look like, reorganizing can make a space feel brand new and exciting! Look, around your closet for clothes you haven’t worn in the last 6 months, toys that have been abandoned for years, and even food that has been expired-the trick here: donate or throw away! Action, taking a full day to clean and do it well, will ensure that everything is taken care of and you are set for the rest of spring! Finally, Notice all your hard work! Everything has a place now, no more clutter, and the fresh scent of lemon-febreeze now lingers around your home. Celebrate with a nice glass of wine, and call it a day! (All of your friends will be jealous, they “never” have the time to clean)

 

Here at Red Door Real Estate, we would really like to encourage donating over throwing it away. If someone else can get use out of it, donate it! It helps everyone out. Some locations in Buffalo are Journey’s End Refugee Services, Buffalo City Mission and the Dress For Success, Goodwill and The Salvation Army are good spots too.

 

Cleaning out your house and realize no matter how much stuff you throw away, your house still isn’t fitting all your needs? Come stop by Red Door Real Estate of WNY and we can help you get the space you need! Located at 982 Elmwood Ave, or give us a call at (716) 768-1177. Be sure to keep with us on Facebook (Red Door Real Estate WNY), Twitter (@RedDoorWNY) and Instagram (@reddoorrealestatewny).

 

By: Alexandra Nadeau

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Preparing your Home for Spring

Spring is right around the corner and it’s time to make sure your home is prepared for the upcoming weather. Here are a few around the house maintenance tips you can check out to make sure your home is protected and up to date for the spring and summer seasons.

1) Gutters- Always make sure to check for loss, leaking, or clogged gutters to assure that no improper drainage is occurring to damage the foundation of your home and to prevent possible leaks into your basement and/or crawl space.

2) Chimney- Have your chimney cleaned and looked at by a professional chimney sweep to assure there is no damage to the chimney from the passing winter weathers.

3) Cracks- Make sure to check the foundation around the outside of the house and in the basement of your home to make sure there are no cracks within the foundation that can cause further damage to your home. If you do find damage to your homes foundation make sure to contact a contractor immediately to hear what they have to say.

4) Fire Wood- If your home heating is fueled from a wood furnace or you and your family just enjoy gathering around the fire than you most likely have a big wood pile somewhere near your home structure. If the answer is yes, be sure to keep your log piles at least 18 inches off the ground and 2 feet away from your home structure to prevent any mold or insects from entering your home from possible rotting wood.

5) Faucets- Check your outside water faucets for pipe damage. If you can cover the opening of the faucet with your thumb and water doesn’t rush out there’s most likely pipe damage within your home. Be sure to check your garden hoses for cracks or dry rot as well.

6) A/C Maintenance- Have a professional heating and cooling contractor come and service the outside A/C unit of your home. Have him clean the coils and replace the air filters so that the unit runs at peak performance.

7) Power Equipment- Be sure to run some checkup and maintenance on your power equipment around your house such as your yard equipment making sure they have new blades, replaced oil, and full gas tanks.

8) Roofing- Make sure you check your roofing after the winter season to make sure ice and snow didn’t damage the outside creating new openings and cracks in your ceiling which can result in lots of leaks and flooding inside your home during the spring rainy seasons.

9) Air Leaks- Check your windows and doors of your home for cracks to help insulate your home to keep the hot air outside and your cool A/C air inside.

10) Puddles- Check the low and high areas around your house and your yard to prevent puddling which can destroy your lawn and occur flooding into your home basement if puddling is formed too close to your homes foundation. Fill in all low spots with compact soil and plant grass over it to help make your yard level.

Follow these quick and easy around the house maintenance tips to make sure that you and your home are ready for the spring season to come. As always be sure to come see us here at Red Door Real Estate for any questions you may have or if your trying to find that new dream home of yours in this gorgeous spring market!

By: Matt Kopf

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