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Top 6 Spring Cleaning Tips & Tricks to Maintain you Home and its Value

Tips-and-Tricks-for-Cleaning-and-Maintaining-your-HomeClassic’s Tips for Maintaining Your Home This Spring

Getting your home into top shape, especially if you know you want to list your home for sale soon. But if you’re like most people, cleaning isn’t something you want to spend lots of extra time on, so you want the most effective cleaning for the time you invest. Here are some spring cleaning tips to help get your home in top shape and keep it that way while buyers are forming those crucial first impressions.

1. Start With a Checklist, But Be Able to Add as You Go

Don’t underestimate the mood boost you get when you check off a task! Use a to-do list app or an old-fashioned pen-and-paper to make a checklist. If you finish something, enthusiastically cross it off and revel in the feeling, letting that mood propel you further. Keep in mind that you’ll probably discover other tasks: rather than feeling like there’s “too much to do,” just know that you’ll eventually get to everything on the list.

2. Work Your Way Down to Avoid Redoing Cleaning

One tip that many everyday tidiers don’t think about is that you should clean from the top-down since gravity moves dust and dirt downward. Start with the top of cabinets in your kitchen, for example, and then the cabinets, countertops, and lower cabinets, since, by the end, you will have only been moving dust and dirt downward. While it doesn’t save wild amounts of time, it’s very disappointing to clean a floor and then go up to get the ceiling fan clean only to realize you’ve dirtied the floor again.

3. Look Through a Stranger’s Eyes

Many of us get used to certain things, from a cluttery kids’ room to the constant smudges on a glass door from the dog’s nose pressed against it. One way to identify what to work on next is to imagine how a friend, family member, or stranger might look at this room – if they didn’t live here, what would seem orderly and neat generally, and which things really could be redone? It may be sobering to realize that “good enough for our every day” is different from “ready for homebuyers to visit,” but better to do it while you’re in spring-cleaning mode!

4. Tackle a Whole Room in a Sitting, If Possible

Often, the boost of seeing a whole room get finished will be much better than doing small tasks in each room of your home. If you can carve out time to knock out a whole room, you may find that it motivates you to move to the next room when you have time again.

5. Airing Out and Reducing Moisture Save Time In the Future

Remember that areas that collect moisture develop smells, mold, and mildew, so even just the act of keeping airflow good and avoiding trapped moisture can save you a lot of cleaning. If you get a nice spring day with low humidity, try opening all the windows for a few hours while you’re cleaning – it’s good for any cleaning products with fumes too.

6. Invest in a Tool That Really Levels You Up

If you’ve been struggling with a low-suction vacuum or streaky wash rags for a while, invest in a nicer vacuum or some microfiber cloths that really make the work a pleasure and go faster. Yes, tools cost money, but if you are working to make your home really sparkle for sale, you may make up the small costs of new cleaning products by having a stronger sale.

In Conclusion

If you’re thinking of selling, or possibly updating your home or commercial property, you want to make sure you’re keeping it in tip-top shape! If you deep clean and find mold or other water damage, Classic Construction can help with remediation. Keeping a tidy space can also help you spot damage before it becomes structurally damaging. Call us today for a free estimate for damage repair!

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Maintenance for Community Managers: How to maintain your community’s playground equipment –

playground slide and stairs with various primary colors With the hot Summer weather drawing near, the kiddos in your community will want to start playing on the playground more frequently. Before they swarm the equipment, check out these CAI maintenance tips for playgrounds.

Clean the equipment
If you’re thinking like a parent or childcare worker, you probably just imagined yourself wiping everything down with Wet Ones. Don’t worry; there is a faster way!

The first thing you might want to do when inspecting the playground equipment in your community is have it power washed. This will not only remove any dirt or mud buildup but also allow you to see any imperfections or damaged areas of the equipment more clearly.

Check structures for insect nests
Lots of insects hate cold weather and to them, the underside of playground
equipment is a good place to build a home. Have your maintenance crew
walk the entire playground area, even the seating areas, and check for insect
nests.

You might this unnecessary because parents should be responsible for keeping their kids from bothering the insects, but there are always parents that are less attentive than you might think. The last thing you want is an angry parent holding
you responsible for their child getting stung by a bee when they’re deathly allergic.

Think “Safety First”
Take this time to have your maintenance crew tighten or replace any loose bolts
on the playground. This is especially important in cases where there are multiple slides or levels to the playground, and if your community is home to lots of children.

If you find any rusty areas on metal playground equipment, or any warped or
damaged areas on plastic playground equipment, consider getting a bid to repair it.

Playground equipment probably isn’t at the top of your Board’s list of priorities
and that’s okay. Just know that to build a new playground set from the ground up,
it can cost anywhere between $5,000 and $50,000. For higher-end communities
that want even nicer equipment, it can cause ten times this much. In the off
chance that your community playground does need some major repairs, know
that it’s cheaper to maintain it than to rebuild it.

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Budget for resurfacing
This is especially important if the playground has wood chips or tire mulch. Even if you don’t plan to completely replace the surfacing, make sure you budget to have it raked and leveled, especially under the swings and slides.

If you’re not sure if you should resurface your community’s playground, Classic Construction recommends reading the Texas Health and Safety Code regarding playground surfacing. You’ll want to make sure your current playground is up to code before worrying about whether or not it’s in good enough condition to leave in place.

Community playgrounds are amenities that do an excellent job of bringing communities together. They get kids and parents out of their homes and into connection and conversation with each other. To make sure your community playground can continue to provide this invaluable service, take some time to schedule the inspection today.