Spring is a time of new beginnings, so what better way to kick off the season than with a thorough spring cleaning? For the majority of tenants, cleanliness is about personal comfort and abiding by the terms of the lease. However, if you’re like most people, the prospect of spending hours upon hours cleaning every crevice is unappealing. Here are some suggestions that will make spring cleaning a breeze if you’ve been putting it off.
Make a Plan
Before beginning your spring cleaning, spend a few moments creating an action plan of what needs doing and in what order. Consider using a cleaning checklist to create a task list. Then, gather the required supplies and materials to complete each item. Prepare in advance any professional cleaning services, such as carpet cleaning, that you intend to incorporate. This step will assist in streamlining the process, ensuring that you don’t overlook anything vital and sparing you time in the long run.
Set Realistic Expectations
When spring cleaning, many people make the mistake of trying to do too much in one day or weekend and become overwhelmed with the amount of work. To avoid this, consider breaking down each task on your list into steps that are easier to handle. Then, designate daily or weekly goals that are attainable. In this way, you can accomplish a total spring cleaning without feeling burnt out by it all!
Focus on Areas that Need Attention First
As you plan your cleaning, it’s crucial to prioritize your cleaning tasks to maximize your time and effort. Generally, rooms with the most significant use, such as kitchens and bathrooms, should be prioritized. However, don’t forget about frequently disregarded spaces, like inside or on top of cabinets, window coverings, and beneath or behind appliances. As a renter, you are responsible for ensuring the rental is in good condition upon returning the keys at the conclusion of your lease. As a result, it may be necessary to double-check these expectations and prioritize cleansing tasks accordingly.
Include Hard-to-Reach Spots
Cleaning hard-to-reach areas is important for rental property maintenance and can help your house feel spotless. Pay special attention to window sills, baseboards, closets, light controls, door handles, and surfaces like walls and ceilings that are often disregarded. These areas can be hotspots for dust and dirt buildup and should be included on your spring cleaning checklist.
Get to Work – But Have Fun!
As soon as you have your plan, the supplies you need, and the appropriate expectations for completing the task, it is time to implement your plan. Use motivators like upbeat music or rewards, such as a beloved outing or activity, to keep you motivated. Additionally, enlist the aid of the entire household, acquaintances, and/or relatives. Collaboration can make work quicker, simpler, and more enjoyable!
This year’s spring cleaning will be a cinch if you have a plan, a positive attitude, and some muscle! Contact your local Real Property Management office for additional advice on spring cleaning and information on available rental properties in your area.
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