Lynne Eliopoulos
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Posted by Lynne Eliopoulos on 11/22/2020

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Spring may be the time for an annual cleaning marathon, but tackling some specific maintenance and cleaning chores in the fall ensures your home is in ideal condition before cooler weather arrives. This time of year is the best time to put your summer things away and pull out your cooler weather pieces, from flannel sheets and down comforters to pumpkins, gourds and fall decor. Each of the items below will help you prep your home for fall; these won't take much time to accomplish, but you'll feel revitalized and ready to welcome the new season when you are done.

Fall Cleaning Checklist for Homeowners

Prep your HVAC System: According to experts at House Beautiful, one of the most important tasks you have in fall is to ready your heating system. Change the filters, dust around vents and if you have any concerns, schedule an inspection with a local contractor. Discovering a small problem now could prevent costly repairs later -- and those new filters will improve your home's efficiency and air quality, too.

Say Goodbye to Summer: Most of us accumulate quite a few accessories and decorative items each season. Identify any that are left over from the spring holidays -- that red, white and blue wreath and the pastel pillows can make a reappearance next year. Pack all items safely away and label the box so you can retrieve them when the warm weather returns. Rotate out dishes and kitchenware as needed -- and any appliances that are for summer use should head to the back of the cabinets. Replace the snowcone maker with the steamed milk frother so you'll have the pieces you're most likely to use at the ready.

Ready the Roof: Check your roof and gutters for debris like leaves, acorns and pine needles. If you can safely do so, remove these. Cleaning your roof and gutters now will prevent problems later; water could be trapped in the gutter and freeze, causing a variety of problems, from leaks to roof damage. A quick visual check can help you determine if there is a buildup of debris on your roof; if you spot any visible damage, it is time to get help -- even a single missing shingle can impact the integrity of your roof and damage your home.

Check Batteries: It takes just moments, but the most important thing you can do to prepare your home for fall is to test and refresh your smoke detectors and carbon dioxide alarms. This is also the time to check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher and make sure it is still ready to use. 

By the time you've completed these tasks, your home will be ready for the fun part -- breaking out the fall decor and accessories and getting ready to welcome the season. Completing these tasks now ensures your home is ready for cooler weather, and puts you in the right frame of mind for autumn, too.




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Posted by Lynne Eliopoulos on 10/21/2018

Pressure washing your home can be an excellent way to increase curb appeal on a budget. A good pressure washer can be used to clean vinyl siding, windows, driveways, decks and sidewalks.

You can buy, rent, or hire a pressure washer. And, there are a number of different types of machines available. So, in this post, Iím going to give you some tips on pressure washing your home to increase curb appeal and discuss which option might be the best for you.

Buying a pressure washer

If your next move is to a new home with vinyl siding and you plan on living there for several years. You may find that buying a pressure washer is the best option for you.

Many pressure washers pay for themselves after 3-5 uses. However, high end washers can be much more expensive.

The first thing to consider when buying a pressure washer is to determine what youíll need it for and how often youíll use it.

If you have a deck, sidewalk, or driveway that sit underneath pine trees, you can bet that theyíre going to get dirty frequently.

If you find yourself wanting a washer more than once a year, itís likely a safe investment.

Gas vs electric

Consumer pressure washers come in two main types: gas and electric. Gas-powered washers tend to be stronger (and therefore more dangerous). Theyíre also noisy and will require maintenance and tune-ups on occasion.

Electric, on the other hand, are better for less heavy duty cleaning. They tend to be cheaper, at around $100 - $250 each (vs $250 - $500 for a gas-powered washer), but you do sacrifice some power at the expense of cost and convenience.

Regardless of which option you choose, itís important to understand that pressure washers can be dangerous machines if not used correctly. Be sure to fully follow the instructions on your washer and to never point it at yourself, including shoes, or clothing.

Renting a pressure washer

If you donít want to deal with storage or maintenance, renting is a great option for a one-time job. Perhaps your next home will be a condo or townhouse where you donít have to worry about exterior maintenance. In these situations, a one-time rental can be a good option.

Power washers can be rented from many hardware stores, including The Home Depot. But, a quick Google search for your area should bring up multiple places to rent nearby.

Hiring a professional pressure washer

Pressure washing your home, driveway, or deck is a lot easier than scrubbing them with a brush. But, it still takes a good deal of time to go out and pick up the rental, return home, figure out how to set up the washer and then clean your entire home.

To avoid the headache (and the potential safety risks), many homeowners hire a local pressure washing company to do the job.

Hiring a company has its advantages; namely, when you hire a professional (one with good reviews on Yelp and Google), youíre going to get the best results.





Posted by Lynne Eliopoulos on 12/31/2017

Often times, certain cleaning rituals are saved for spring-cleaning, certain cleaning rituals that should occur more than once a year. One of those things that fall into this category is your refrigerator. You open your refrigerator, stare into it trying to find something to eat or drink, find that something or not, and then close the fridge. This happens multiple times a day, but how often do you go into your fridge with intentions of cleaning it out? And by, ďclean it out,Ē I donít just mean to toss the nearest thing to you that looks like it morphed into a creature inside of your tupperware. A refrigerator needs a good cleaning every couple of months to avoid any unwanted stenches, difficult clean ups from unknown spills, and expired food/drinks. Here are a few tips to keeping your refrigerator clean: Go Through Every 2-3 Months: Go through your fridge every two to three months. Itís so easy to lose track of what is in your fridge, from throwing leftovers in, to fruit and vegetables, and eggs and milk. And donít forget about your freezer. Check for food that is no longer any good or has past best buy dates and anything in your freezer that looks freezer burnt and throw it away. Wipe down Every 2-3 Months: When you are cleaning out old food from your fridge, take the time to wipe it out too. Spills can happen without you knowing and can leave your fridge sticky, slimy and even stinky. By wiping your fridge out every so often you can avoid those issues. Rotate: After going through the items in your refrigerator and freezer, make sure to rotate any duplicate items. Rotating means to put the oldest item in the front so that you use that one first. This will help ensure that you are eating foods and drinking drinks before they go back therefore causing less waste. This will also help you save money in the long run. It may sound tedious but the more often you do it the less work there will be each time. Happy cleaning!