Your home is your sanctuary. In fact, Habitat for Humanity describes the home as a safe haven for most people where they can build memories and future wealth. It’s the place where you relax after a long day, entertain guests, and raise your family. So, keeping it in tip-top shape is important—not just for aesthetic purposes, but for your own peace of mind.
With that said, some areas of the house are commonly neglected. Here are six tips for fixing those problem areas so you can enjoy your home to the fullest.
1. The gutters:
Gutters are one of those things that you don’t really think about until they’re clogged and causing water damage to your home. Then, they’re all you can think about! Be sure to clean your gutters regularly to avoid this problem (and the costly repairs that come with it). Twice a year is a good rule of thumb.
Cleaning gutters can be a challenging and dangerous job, so here are a few tips for getting the job done safely and effectively.
- Always wear safety gloves, goggles, and a mask.
- Always use a ladder that is the correct height for the job. Make sure it is also stable and secure before climbing up.
- If the gutters are clogged and need to be moved, have a helper hold the ladder while you move the gutters.
- Don’t stand on the gutter’s edge or lean over too far while cleaning them.
- Make sure the hose is disconnected from the gutter before washing them. This will prevent any water from flowing back into the gutter while you’re cleaning it.
2. The garage:
The garage is often the last place people think to clean or organize. But, if you’re like most people, the garage is where you park your car every day. So, why not make it a space that you’re proud of?
Start with tackling any needed repairs. Be sure to hire trusted garage door repair services that are experienced with fixing up all types of garage openers. Having a specific place for your vehicle won’t be much of an advantage if it’s not secure, so ensure your garage door is in top condition.
Once any repairs are taken care of, you can move on to the fun part: organizing! There are a few key ways to organize your garage, so it’s more functional and efficient.
- Invest in some good storage solutions like shelves, bins, and hooks. This will help you get those items off the floor and out of the way.
- Create a system for where everything goes. This will help you keep the space tidy and make finding things easier when needed.
- Don’t be afraid to get rid of anything you don’t need. Donate or sell any items that are taking up valuable space but that you don’t use.
3. The windows:
Windows let in natural light and fresh air, so keeping them clean inside and out is essential. Regularly dusting and vacuuming window treatments will help prolong their life, and washing the windows themselves (inside and out) will ensure that you’re making the most of that beautiful view.
Cleaning windows may seem like a daunting task, but it’s actually pretty simple. Here are a few tips for getting streak-free results.
- Start with clean tools. Be sure to wash any rags or sponges you’ll be using before starting.
- Wipe down the windows with a clean, damp rag to remove any dirt or dust.
- Use a glass cleaner and a lint-free rag or paper towel to clean the windows.
- Be sure to spray the cleaner on the rag or towel, not directly on the window.
- Wipe in a circular motion and move from top to bottom. This will help you avoid streaks.
4. The carpets:
Carpets tend to attract dirt, dust, and pet hair—not to mention spills and stains. To keep them looking their best, vacuum regularly and spot clean as needed. Every few years, it’s also a good idea to have them professionally cleaned to remove deep-seated dirt and grime.
Spot cleaning can be tricky, so here are a few tips:
- Start with the least invasive method possible. A simple cleaning solution and a rag should do the trick for most spills.
- If the stain is more stubborn, you may need to use a carpet cleaner or spot cleaner. Be sure to test any cleaners in an inconspicuous area first to ensure they won’t damage the carpet.
- Apply the cleaner to the rag or sponge, not directly to the stain.
- Rub the stained area in a circular motion until the stain is gone.
- Rinse with clean water and blot dry.
5. The walls:
Walls take a lot of abuse—from everyday living to kids’ drawings to pet claws. To keep them looking their best (and prevent unsightly damage), touch up paint as needed and invest in some good wall art or décor items that can help hide imperfections.
Here are a few tips for touch-ups:
- Use a primer before painting to help the new paint color adhere better and to cover up any previous colors.
- Be sure to use paint that’s specifically designed for walls—not furniture or trim.
- Start with a small area and work your way out. This will help you avoid making any big mistakes.
- Use a paintbrush for edges and a roller for larger areas.
A well-maintained home is a happy home—not to mention a more valuable one! By taking care of these commonly ignored household areas, you’ll be able to enjoy your sanctuary more fully and rest easily, knowing that everything is in good repair. Plus, potential buyers will be impressed by your attention to detail if you ever decide to sell. Win-win!