It’s that time of the year – holiday season, the time when Fort Myers homeowners return to Southwest Florida for great weather and a whirlwind of fun-filled holiday festivities.
Chances are, your home has lain dormant for months now, and is probably in need of a bit of sprucing up. This is especially true if you plan on having guests over.
So, what can you do?
You can work with a Fort Myers home watch service to arrange a thorough cleaning – inside and out – before you come home.
Attacking the Exterior
The first place to start is the exterior of your home.
You’ll want to first power wash the entire exterior, from top to bottom. A home left unattended can gather grime and dirt (even if it’s occupied), and it shows.
While you’re cleaning the siding, tackle the windows, too. Windows need professional cleaning probably twice a year, and before the holiday season is a perfect time to start.
Finally, take care of your landscaping. Grass needs mowed, shrubs and bushes need trimmed, flower beds need weeded, and walkways and driveways need to be power washed.
Cleaning the Interior
The interior needs to be taken care of, too, especially if the home has been vacant for some time.
Many homeowners think that dust won’t be a problem because no one has lived there. But that’s actually not true. Dust can and does collect on your possessions even if you’re not there. The first thing to do is dust the entire home, from top to bottom.
The next step is to clean the floors, whether they’re tile or carpet. If you have rugs or carpet you’ll need a professional deep clean.
You’ll also want to clean everything else – appliances, shutters, your lanai, and anything that could’ve collected dust and grime.
The only thing you’ll need to do last is to decorate the home for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s!
You can do this all yourself – or you can work with a Fort Myers home watch service to make all the arrangements for you so you can focus on enjoying your stay here for the holidays.