Spring Cleaning Tips for Residents and Property Managers
Spring is right around the corner and it’s time to open the windows and let in some fresh air. After a long, cold winter spent cooped up inside, I always look forward to clearing out the dust and starting anew. From deep cleaning and curb appeal to making sure Spring and Summer contracts are in place, FOURMIDABLE has you covered with some tips.
Landscaping and Maintenance
Surveying any damage that may have taken place during the winter is a very important first step. Are there any trees or shrubs that are overgrown and may need to be trimmed? Are the gutters cleared of debris? How did the window and door seals fair this winter – anything that needs to be replaced? Are there any potholes that need to be filled? Once you have cleared the last remnants of winter, it’s time to start waking up the property for warmer weather.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Spring? For me, it’s the old saying “April showers bring May flowers” – so let’s talk blooms. Do you have planted flowers at your property that need to be freshened up? Flowers, plants, fresh mulch and a well-maintained lawn really add to your curb appeal. Prospective Residents are more likely to want to see the inside of an apartment if they like what they see on the outside. Even if you don’t have planted flowers at your property, grab yourself some flower baskets to hang outside of the rental office to make it a more inviting space.
Next up is ensuring that your contracts are in place. Making sure your lawn service and pool supply vendors are ready to go is crucial in making your property Spring and Summer ready. Starting this process early allows you time to call different vendors for quotes and compare services. Securing vendors that works for your property’s needs are essential in keeping your lawn and pool manageable all season long. Be sure to assess your pool furniture early so you can clean or replace and repair before the heat waves start.
Another important item on our cleaning list is checking your HVAC systems. As you know, the filters should be changed frequently to make sure it is running correctly and help elongate the life of the system. Making sure the HVAC is in good working condition before a heat wave will save a lot of time and hassle in the months to come. Along with the HVAC check-up, be sure to change the batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Tips for Residents and Property Managers for Deep Cleaning apartments and interior buildings.
Before getting into the nitty gritty, tackle the easy daily tasks. The winter salt and weather can really do a number on your floors and carpets – so start with vacuuming and mopping the heavy traffic areas. For the areas that may be too big to clean on your own – there is no shame in calling in for reinforcements and getting a professional carpet cleaner on the job.
My favorite tip for Spring Cleaning is to make a list and take it item by item, instead of room by room. For example, while you already have the Windex out, wash all the windows, not just the windows in the room you’ve started in.
Pro Tip: Speaking of windows – do those first - then you can throw them open and let the breeze in while you tackle the rest of your list. Oh, and don’t forget to wash the sill!
Next, we move onto dusting. Dusting is arguably my least favorite part of spring cleaning, but makes a world of difference once it is done. Start by dusting your nightstand, entertainment center, trims and moldings and anything else that may be collecting some cobwebs.
Pro Tip: Don’t forget to get the ceiling fan blades before you decide to turn it on or you may end up needing to dust all over again.
This next item on the spring-cleaning list isn’t one that you think of often, but is usually pretty quick and painless – especially with the right tools. Let’s talk about cleaning the walls. I know that my walls tend to look a bit dingy right around the light switch areas. Using a sponge and a gentle, clear soap usually tackles the grime pretty easily.
Pro Tip: For some harder to remove stains (marker, pen, etc.), the Magic Eraser truly lives up to its name for getting rid of these pesky marks.
For both Residents and Residential Managers, taking time to do these extra deep cleaning and maintenance tasks in preparation for a new season save time and money in the future. Spring Cleaning can sometimes feel like a daunting task, but with a bit of planning and some elbow grease, you’ll be ready to take it on.
Have any cleaning or maintenance tips and tricks that you swear by? Leave us a comment below!