woman mopping the floorVancouver Westside real estate owners take pride in their property.  Every home owner knows that taking care of their homes is important for several reasons: General maintenance can help reduce everyday wear-and-tear and help you notice and fix small problems before that become large ones; and psychologically, a well-kept house may involve a bit of work every day, but overall it creates a more relaxing space.  Clutter creates mental strife, so here are some ideas for keeping your home spic and span, stress-free and ready for the season:

Regular housecleaning helps catch maintenance issues before they become problematic

Organize Your Closets

Before you get started on cleaning areas in your home, it is advisable to start with your closet. Sort your items into keep, discard and give to charity or garage sale. This way, you’ll pare down and have more space for new things. Your closet will also look and feel more organized and may also save you time due to less rummaging.

Clean Your Carpet

If you have a carpet at home, it is important that you take good care of it regularly. See to it that your carpets always look nice and clean. When in use, you can be strict about your carpets and not allow people wearing shoes to step on them. By being strict about your carpets, you won’t need to clean them too often. But try to vacuum your carpet every day so that the dirt gets cleaned off.

Remove Stains and Odors

When cleaning your home, you will need to remember to remove stains and odors.  Wiping down your upholstery with a  half-vinegar, half-hot water solution on a regular basis and a yearly deep-upholstery cleaning will help keep your space fresh.  Keep a lookout for odors that may indicate mold or mildew and dark-patch stains that may be signs of water damage. These issues need to be investigated and addressed as quickly as possible.

Caring for Stainless Steel

If you have stainless steel areas, it is important to know how to care for them properly. A good suggestion is to make use of a wax-based aerosol spray at least once or twice per week. Remember to not overdo it as the surface might end up greasy and soaked.

Clean Painted Walls

Your walls at home can also get worn out and dilapidated. People often overlook or forget to clean painted walls regularly. One way you can do this is to use a clean cloth or sponge with water. If it doesn’t clean as well as you expected, you can dip the rag or sponge into a little dishwashing liquid. When you’re done, make sure to rinse the wall with plain water.

We hope these tips help you better enjoy your home and protect its value over the years for resale. If you’re on the lookout for a property to purchase, you can give us a call to learn more about the homes we offer for sale.