09 May Springtime Home Safety and Cleaning Checklist
Homes in Southwest Florida can always benefit from a little TLC. For this blog post, the experts at Gulf Shore Home Watch & Concierge wanted to provide you with important home safety and maintenance tips in advance of the upcoming holiday weekend.
Start in the kitchen
Spring is a great time to scrub your range hood fan, yet even the most diligent homeowners don’t always remember to do it. Your vent fan not only funnels smoke and odors from the indoors to the outdoors, it’s also prone to collecting dust and grease. When the hood fan isn’t kept clean, it can turn into a fire hazard. Most experts recommend cleaning it twice a year—once in the spring and again in the fall.
May is also an ideal time to clean the inside of your microwave. If you have some tough-to-wipe build up, you can remedy that by heating a bowl of water in the microwave for about a minute. The steam will help loosen hard-to-clean residue.
Moving onto common areas
It’s amazing how much dust can collect on the lower parts of coffee tables, and spring is an ideal time to address it. When you’ve finished dusting, be sure to take some time to vacuum beneath furniture. You may also want to launder drapes, blankets and pillow cases.
If you have a fire place (and you used it during the colder months of the year), you’ll want to remove leftover debris and wipe it down. You may also want to find a service that can help inspect your chimney. Fire experts recommend that chimneys be inspected at least once a year.
Don’t forget the outdoors
Reputable roofing companies will be happy to provide SWFL homeowners with free roof inspections. A roof inspection will help determine whether you have problems that need to be addressed and it can also provide you with information about the overall state of your roofing system. The company that helps with the inspection may also be able to help clean your gutters. Cleaning your gutters twice a year will help to ensure they last as long as possible.
When you’re done with your roof, be sure to take some time to trim overgrown hedges. Remember- would-be-burglars prefer to target homes that have outdoor hiding spots. Keeping your bushes, hedges and shrubs trimmed can help prevent your house from becoming a target.