It’s that time of the year. Time for Spring Cleaning!

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Winter has come and gone, and now once again spring is upon us.  Time to purge the closet and kids toys to make way for all-new stuff in 2015!

We’ve surfed the internet and found some great spring cleaning tips to help you get the most out of your spring cleaning:

  • Adding a lazy susan to your fridge after you clean it will allow easier access to what you are looking for. It will also help prevent spills.
  • If you are using a sponge for your cleaning, be sure to sanitize by squeezing out the excess water and placing it in the microwave for a minute to disinfect it.
  • Have a garbage disposal? Clean it by tossing in a piece of lemon, some salt, and a few ice cubes to give it a thorough cleaning.
  • Looking to save time?  Time yourself!  A timer can be a great way to get more done in less time.
  • Not only is lemon a great way to clean your garbage disposal, it is also a great way to clean your stainless steel faucets.  It’s acidic nature will remove any hard water stains and rust left behind from months of use.
  • Cleaning your windows?  Do it on a cloudy day.  If you clean your windows on a sunny day, it will dry quickly preventing you from getting a good cleaning.  Use equal parts white vinegar and warm water to clean your windows.
  • Dusting?  Use dryer sheets instead of those expensive electrostatic cloths.  They work just as good and cost a lot less.
  • Clean your dishwasher by placing a cup of vinegar on the top shelf and run the hottest cycle.  After that cycle, sprinkle a cupful of baking soda around the bottom of the dishwasher and run it on a short but hot cycle.
  • A great way to clean your shower head is by placing a baggie full of vinegar over the top of the shower head to remove grime and calcium build-up.  Leave it overnight and remove it in the morning.

What are some spring cleaning tips you have?  Let us know on Twitter and Facebook!

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Home Improvement Projects to Spruce Up for Spring

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Always look for great deals and steals that can help stretch your budget and make your dream project a reality.  Here are some helpful tips to spruce up your home and yard for spring:

  • Your exterior may have taken a bit of a beating from heavy snow and ice. And if you like to entertain during the warm weather months, give your deck or patio a power wash and fresh coat of stain to make it look like new.
  • Take a look at your roof and assess for damage. Ice dams or simple wear & tear on your roof can lead to serious water damage and costly repairs. Prevent interior damage by replacing or repairing damaged roofing materials ASAP. Call a pro if you are uncomfortable with the ladder work.
  • Right now is a great time to prune and fertilize in preparation for a new gardening season. Whether humid, dry or somewhere in between, it’s always a good idea to get perennials that are native to the area. That way, they will continue to flourish year after year and cut down on water bills by not using any more water than they need.
  • It may be hard to imagine, but in no time at all, the dog days of summer will be upon us. Make sure your air conditioners and ceiling fans are in tip-top shape now. Pick up coolant and filters at your local home improvement store. Also make sure to balance your ceiling fans so they can cool you down without making a racket.
  • The kitchen is often the heart of any home, so give it some TLC. Retiling the backsplash or changing out fixtures is a great way to infuse some color and personality into your space. By replacing the knobs and adding decorative molding to cabinets, you can give your kitchen a quick and easy update.
  • Fluctuating temperatures cause wood floors to expand and contract, which may result in creaking. You can apply baby powder to the cracks and use a paintbrush to fill the gaps and keep your floor silent. This lubricates the wood and keeps the boards from rubbing together

Do you have any projects planned for your home this spring?  Why not make sure your home is protected by giving our of our insurance agents a call and scheduling an appointment.