Posts Tagged ‘home maintenance’

The Ultimate Spring Checklist for Homeowners

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Hints and Advice, Outdoor Living

Chicago winters can be harsh on your home; therefore, it is essential to do an annual spring check-up of your house. Inspecting your home can help prevent any further damage to the structure and save homeowners a lot of money. This weekend, we recommend going outside and examining your house using this checklist to assure your home is in excellent condition.

Examine Your Exterior Siding

First, you will want to take a look at your home’s siding or bricks and check from any chipping or crumbling.

Repaint Siding and Trim

If necessary, you may have to repaint your home’s siding or trim. Experts recommend that you do not just “touch up” the area but repaint the entire section. We do this because paint can fade into different colors over time and it will be more noticeable that you just “touched up” the area than it was before you painted it.

Check Your Roof

It is imperative to check your roofing to avoid future leaking. Call an expert or two to come and look at your roof to ensure it is in good condition for the upcoming seasons.

Get a Chimney Inspection

Chimney inspections can help detect cracks or leaks in the structure that may be unseen from the outside. Also, you should have your chimney cleaned annually.

Clear out Your Gutters and Downspouts

A lot of grime and guck can get stuck in your gutters during the winter season. Clean out your gutters annually and make sure they are lined up with your home. There should not be any gaps or dips between them and the roof.

Look at Your Heating and Air Condition Unit

Check and replace your filters and air purifiers.

Inspect Your Attic

Attics should be examined annually to determine if they have proper ventilation. Homeowners should look for any hindrance in the vents and panels. Also, you should take a look at the attic to see if any leaking is coming from your roof.

Inspecting your home annually can be beneficial for you and your family’s health. Also, it can help save you money in the future by being aware of issues ahead of time. If you are concerned about something in your home, call a company to come out and take a look. It is better to be safe than sorry.

6 Things To Do Everyday

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance, Family

Does housework get the best of you? With our crazy lives full of kids, work, pets, after school activities and finding time for date night sometimes housekeeping comes last. To be sure that cleaning day doesn’t last for hours and hours, here are six easy things you can do every day to keep the dirt at bay.

  1. Make your bed. It makes your room instantly tidier, and you are less likely to mess up a tidy room, right?
  2. Manage clutter. When you leave a room look for what doesn’t belong and put it away. Insist that every one in your family do the same.
  3. Sort the mail. Recycle the junk mail, and deal with bills and correspondence right away. File immediately.
  4. Clean as you cook. You’ve heard this one before, and it’s true. Instead of filling the sink with pots and pans, wash them and put them away as you go.
  5. Wipe up spills right away. Don’t let the dog pee on the carpet, tomato sauce on the kitchen counter or water on the bathroom floor hang out. All spots and stains are easier to get out if you deal with it immediately.
  6. Sweep the kitchen floor. While your children may think that “cleaning up the kitchen” just means loading the dishwasher that is not the case. Give them one easier chore – sweeping the kitchen floor. This will keep the tough-to-clean kitchen grime more manageable when it comes to mopping day.

New Years Resolutions For Your Home

Written by creatingyourspace on . Posted in Care and Maintenance, Design and Decorating, Family

Have you already started making your list of things you’re going to improve in 2012?

Get fit/lose weight, Don’t commit to more than you can handle, Prepare healthy and nutritious meals for the children

Etc., etc., etc…well, best wishes! While you are making a list we encourage you to make some resolutions for your home as well. Now don’t freak out, it’s nothing too overwhelming.

Get rid of clutter! Commit to going through each room in your home to clear out items that you don’t use or need. Donate these items to charity.

Make your home safe! Take time now to test for radon gas. Install carbon monoxide monitors on every bedroom floor. Test fire alarms and remember to replace batteries regularly.

Shrink bills and your carbon footprint! Turn off lights when you leave a room. Only run the washer if you have a full load of laundry. Consider drying some clothes on a line instead of in the dryer. Turn off your air conditioning when you leave your house. Dial down your furnace to 55 degrees at night. Install compact fluorescent lighting and low flow showerheads. Water your yard less.

Work out a plan to keep your house clean! Each day dishes should go into the dishwasher. Hang up clean clothes each night as well. Put dirty clothes straight into the hamper. Weekly, enlist your family to help you. Have one person vacuum, dust and make the beds. Have another person clean all the bathrooms. Then team up to clean the kitchen and take out all the trash.

Get your home ready for entertaining! If one of your personal resolutions is to spend more time with friends and family then do something in your home to make it more “inviting”. Rearrange your furniture into conversational groups. Update a room with a new coat of paint. Add new runners, throw pillows or even plants for a fresh new look.

See, it’s not too overwhelming is it? These are resolutions that you can actually make AND easily keep. Cheers!