Winter is officially over and with the arrival of Spring comes the not-so-welcome words ‘It’s time for Spring Cleaning‘.  If you’re ready to put away the holiday doormat, sweep away the cobwebs and make way for a new season, here are some tips that will help you do just that.

*  Doormats:  Go shopping for a new front door mat.  It will freshen up the front of your home and will help to stimulate the economy with the Spring spending.

*  Carpets:  Hire a professional carpet cleaner to clean those carpets you’ve been walking on with your muddy, snowy and wet shoes for the last several months.  It’s always a good idea to give your carpets a good vacuuming before they get cleaned. Remember to move all of the furniture and vacuum beneath it.

*  Windows: Wash all of your windows inside and out.  While you’re at it, clean all of your inside and outdoor light fixtures.

*  Dusting:  Dust your entire home room-by-room.  Remember to get all of those hard to reach places you’ve missed.  Dust your books, windowsills and baseboards.

*  Walls:  Wipe down all of your walls with a soft, damp cloth.

*  Roof:  Inspect your roof for damage.  Call your local licensed roofer and ask if they give free inspections.  Most of them will.

*  Heating & Cooling: Have your heating and cooling system inspected by a licensed HVAC contractor.  Remember to replace your filters.

*  Landscaping:  Now’s the time to clear away dead plants and trees and plant some flowers.  If you live in a homeowner’s association, remember to check with them first on what you are allowed to plant.

*  Paint:  Check the paint on your home.  Scrape, prime and paint where needed.  Remember to properly prepare the surface before painting.

*  Garage Sale:  Now’s a good time to enlist the help of your family members to arrange a garage sale.  It’s a great way to help pay for some of those Spring cleaning expenses.

It’s not always fun to do your Spring Cleaning but just think of how good you’ll feel when you’re finished!  When you’re done, sit back on your freshly cleaned deck and enjoy a cold lemonade while you congratulate yourself on a job well-done.