Home Maintenance and Cleaning Checklist for May

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Get your house and yard in good order now, and you’ll be ready to enjoy the summer days ahead

With Mother’s Day and Memorial Day coming up this month, there is plenty of incentive to get those outdoor spaces ready to entertain. From scheduling house painting to organizing your outdoor cooking tools, tick these 10 items off your to-do list so you can get to the good stuff: hanging out around the grill, kicking back on the porch and savoring the season. Let the countdown to summer begin!

Paint or stain your home’s exterior. Longer days and generally milder weather makes May a good month to schedule house painting. If your home has a wood-shingled exterior, replace any damaged shingles and have a fresh coat of stain applied if needed.

Check exterior lighting. Make sure all outdoor lights are in working order, including porch lights, landscape lighting, and motion-sensing security lights. Replace bulbs or schedule repairs as needed.

Get ready for grilling season. Giving your grill a deep cleaning before the start of the season will help it work more efficiently and prevent flare-ups. Clean the grates and interior with a grill brush and wash the exterior with warm, soapy water. Clean and organize your grill tools (tongs, spatula, skewers) and pick up charcoal or propane if needed.

If you have a gas grill, be sure to check the fuel line for cracks, and clean out any clogged burner holes.

Inspect kitchen and bath fixtures. Keeping an eye on these areas can help prevent costly water damage and repairs later on. Regrout or caulk around counters and tile as needed. If you come across any slow leaks, have these repaired as well.

Check safety devices. Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors; replace batteries as needed. Check the expiration date on your fire extinguisher and replace it if necessary.

Get walls dust-free and touch up paint. Use a dusting attachment on your vacuum or an electrostatic duster to clean away dust from walls, paying special attention to corners and baseboards. For a deeper clean, wipe down walls with warm, soapy water after dusting. Rinse with clean water, using a lint-free cloth. Touch up paint as needed on interior walls and trim.

Refresh bedrooms. Rotate the mattresses on all beds and flip over if possible.
Dust nightstands, lamps, headboard, blinds and decor.
Swap heavy duvets for lighter weight bedding for the warmer months.

Deep clean the laundry room. Run the washing machine with specialty tub cleaner (or with vinegar for a natural solution) on a hot water cycle.
Wipe the rubber rim inside the door of the washer and dryer and remove lint from the dryer vent with a vent brush or vacuum attachment.
Clean countertops, mop floors and restock supplies.

Prep picnic supplies. This is the season for alfresco feasts. Be ready for impromptu picnics by sorting through your outdoor dining supplies at the start of the season and keeping a basket of essentials within easy reach.

Your kit doesn’t need to be extensive to get the job done: a cheese knife, small cutting board, bottle opener and blanket, plus a few outdoor dishes and cups should see you through many a picnic.

Add a relaxing porch feature. Make your porch an inviting place to relax and hang out with the addition of a porch swing, rocking chairs or a glider. Too much sun? Crisp white outdoor curtains provide shade and look chic. Just add a tall glass of iced tea or lemonade, and you’ll be ready to savor the season in style.


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Bathroom Mold Inspection Tips

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The bathroom is one of the most important and most used rooms of any home. Here are some Bathroom Mold Inspection Tips for your Home. Everyone in a given household uses the bathroom multiple times a day which results in plenty of water being used on a daily basis. The plumbing fixtures and high level of moisture make the bathroom a common spot for mold growth which can cause considerable damage once it appears. You should always be checking your bathroom for any sings of mold so you can take care of the problem before it results in major damage. The following mold prevention tips can help you prevent bathroom mold.

1. Use a Moisture Meter: Moisture meters are a very inexpensive investment and they can help you discover areas with high levels of moisture that are prone to mold growth or water damage.

2. Check the Sink: Sink faucets are a common source of moisture that can lead to bathroom mold. Turn on the water to make sure the sink is working properly and check the pipes underneath the counter for any leaks.

3. Check the Toilet: Toilets are another major source of leaks that can lead to significant water damage or mold growth. Inspect the component parts of the toilet to make sure they are attached properly and check around the bowl for any leaks. You should also flush the toilet to make sure it is flushing properly.

4. Check Bathtub and Shower Fixtures: Turn on the water in your bathtub and check for any leaks or excess moisture around the fixtures and tub. Check the outside of the tub as well to make sure it is properly sealed to the floor. Next, turn on the shower and look for any leaks around the shower head.

5. Use Exhaust Fan: Most bathrooms are equipped with an exhaust fan to help reduce the level of moisture. If you take hot showers, you should have the fan on during and after the shower to reduce moisture and condensation.

Moisture is the biggest cause of mold growth in the home which is why it is very important to control and reduce the level of moisture in your bathroom. Performing this mold inspection will help you prevent bathroom mold by identifying and addressing any moisture issues. If you find mold in your bathroom despite your best efforts to prevent it, your next step is to do a bathroom remodel. You can call SemBro Designs for all your Bathroom Remodeling Needs. We are a leading provider of mold remediation services in the Columbus, Ohio area and we use innovative mold removal methods and technology to effectively remove mold in a non-invasive and cost effective manner. We also do full Bathroom Renovations, Kitchen Remodeling and Flooring Installation. Give us a call today 614-853-4448.


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Your April Spring Cleaning Home Checklist

Kick spring cleaning into high gear, and troubleshoot cooling and irrigation systems for the warmer months ahead. After the grueling winter some regions experienced this winter, many folks are itching to get outdoors and feel a little sun this spring. No matter where you live, answer spring’s siren call with these cleaning, freshening and gardening projects to keep your home in top shape. With lengthening days and milder temperatures in many parts of the country, April is a wonderful time to freshen up the home inside and out. To get sparkling windows, a clutter-free garage and more, here are 14 tasks to make the most of the first full month of spring.

Test sprinklers and irrigation system. Don’t let the first sign of a malfunctioning irrigation system be a drooping garden! Take the time this month to test each part, and adjust or repair as needed. And if you don’t already have drip irrigation for your garden, consider having it put in — a properly installed system can save time and water.

Keep mosquitoes at bay. Having warmer weather and longer days means we’re entering mosquito season. Take preventative measures by regularly checking your property for standing water and emptying it. Any open containers (empty flowerpots and saucers, a wheelbarrow) can become mosquito breeding grounds when filled with rainwater, so store items like these upside down or in a shed.

Boost curb appeal. Spring is a wonderful time to make upgrades to your home’s exterior, and even small changes — like putting up bold house numbers and a shiny new mailbox — can make a big impact. If you’re planning to put your house on the market this spring, increasing curb appeal can help lure in potential buyers, making it especially important.

Spruce up the front porch. Clean the porch floor, exterior windows, windowsills and front door. Wipe cobwebs from the ceiling and high corners. Lay down a fresh doormat, and plant a pot of flowers. If you have porch furniture, clean it off and wash the cushions.

Inspect paths and driveway. Repeated freezing and thawing can take a toll on asphalt and concrete. Check your driveway and paths for cracks, scheduling repairs as needed.

Wash windows. Welcome the spring sunshine by clearing dirt and grime from windows inside and out. After cleaning the glass, take an extra moment to wipe the window frame and sill.

Clean and inspect screen doors and windows. Pollen and grime can also build up on window screens, so it’s a good idea to clean them once a year. For a quick cleaning, leave screens in place and vacuum with a dusting attachment. For a deeper cleaning, remove screens (mark which is which if cleaning multiple windows) and gently scrub with warm, soapy water. Rinse and let dry.

Before putting up window screens and screen doors, inspect each one for holes and rips — even small tears can let in mosquitoes! If you find any holes, repair them with a screen patch kit (available at most hardware stores).

Clear clutter. Create more space in your home by clearing out unloved items. If you have a lot to get rid of, set a date to hold a yard sale. Or contact a local charity to schedule a pickup — some will send a truck free of charge if you’re donating large items like furniture. If you have a lot of one type of item (for example, books or baby clothes), look for a consignment shop in your town where you may be able to sell them.

Schedule cooling-system maintenance. If you have central air conditioning, be sure to schedule professional maintenance before the start of summer. A properly maintained system cools better, uses less energy and lasts longer.

Maintain wood decks and fences. Keep outdoor woodwork in top shape by staining or resealing it each spring. Check gates, fencing, decks, railings, pergolas and other outdoor structures, and make repairs as needed.

Keep an eye out for termites. From now through May or June, be on the lookout for these winged insects. “Termites swarm in the spring,” says Victor Sedinger, certified home inspector and owner of House Exam Inspection and Consulting. “If there’s a bunch of winged insects flying out of a hole in the woodwork, that’s probably termites.” If you notice any, call a licensed professional pest-control company.

Clean out the garage. Can you park your car in your garage? If not (or if it’s a tight fit), it may be time to make some more space.
Clear out the junk, and schedule time to take unused paint, motor oil and other hazardous items to a recycling center that accepts them. (If you’re not sure where to go, search Earth911 to find a center near you.) Once your garage is cleaned out, consider adding wall-mounted storage to keep things neat and off the floor.

Wash siding. Using a regular garden hose, attach a siding cleaning kit (available at most home improvement stores) to clear away winter grime from your home’s siding. If your siding could use a really deep cleaning, it can be tempting to use a pressure washer to get the job done quickly. But if you do, use it with care: Consumer Reports advises avoiding any pressure washer that comes with a 0-degree nozzle, because it can be too dangerous (to you and your house) and wider nozzles can get the job done just as well.

Clean gutters and downspouts. Having your home’s gutters and downspouts cleaned (and repaired if necessary) is one of the first important tasks to schedule this season. Clogged gutters during a rainy spring can cause water to pool, potentially damaging the roof and siding.

Whatever changes come to your Columbus home, kitchen or bath this season, make sure they leave happy memories and a healthy home, with the right Columbus Ohio Design and Remodeling company.


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Choose Your Own Spring Cleaning Plan

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Instead of trying to do it all — and ending up doing nothing — pick a spring cleaning approach that suits your motivation

The thought of spring cleaning can be as entrancing as a fairy tale — but getting through a giant list of tasks while having a busy life can be just as unrealistic as a cheerful Snow White twirling about in the forest, with birds tweeting and helping sweep with brooms in their little beaks. The key to successful spring cleaning, then, is to not try to do it all. Instead, pick from one of these six themes for your spring cleaning — and focus your energy where it will count. And if you decide to put on music, fling open the windows and twirl around with your mop, we won’t tell.
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Spring cleaning focus: Bust dust and clutter. This can be a satisfying plan to follow because when you’re done, your home should be noticeably cleaner and less cluttered. Start with clutter clearing, because the less stuff is in your way, the easier it will be to clean surfaces. Just don’t consider the decluttering done until you have actually removed the items you don’t want from your home; otherwise, it will have a way of working itself back into your closets, cupboards and drawers. If you know you will have many items to donate (especially if some of them are furniture) call around in advance and see if a local charitable organization will do a pickup — having a pickup scheduled can be a good way to get motivated to get the work done.
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For any clutter-clearing endeavor to be a success, it’s best to get the other members of your household onboard. Ideally, each person would be responsible for decluttering his or her own belongings — at the very least, try to garner some support for your clutter-clearing efforts and encourage people to pitch in as they can. In each space (room, closet or cupboard) you tackle, follow these three steps:

Remove everything.
Vacuum or wipe down the empty space.
Put back only what you want to keep.

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Giulietti Schouten Architects
Spring cleaning focus: Get cooking. If you love to cook (or want to cook more), it can be well worth the effort it takes to give the kitchen and pantry a thorough cleaning. Start by clearing out old food and spices, and wash the interior of your fridge and food cupboards. Clean all of those forgotten nooks and crannies, including inside the oven, microwave and toaster oven, plus the dish drainer. Finish by wiping down the walls (which can get surprisingly grimy) and windows.

If you have a bit more time, give your breakfast nook or dining area a once-over. Chairs and table legs (especially in households with kids) can use an occasional cleaning. Put pads on the feet of chairs to protect your floors, clean dust from the corners of the room and set something pretty in the center of the table.
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Luisa Volpato Interiors
Spring cleaning focus: Textile refresh. If it’s been a while since you’ve cleaned your rugs or upholstery, this could be the right focus for you. Start by laundering small washable items, like shower curtains, cotton rugs and washable slipcovers, at home. When laundering slipcovers, try putting them back on while they’re still barely damp for a better fit.
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Brett Mickan Interior Design
Take larger area rugs and removable pillow covers to be professionally cleaned. If you have wall-to-wall carpeting, have it professionally cleaned or rent a carpet cleaner and do it yourself. Drapery and upholstery that cannot be cleaned by another method can usually be safely steam cleaned using a real steam cleaner designed to be safe for textiles — not a carpet shampooer or hard-flooring steam cleaner. (Always check for care directions and test a spot first.)
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Shift Interiors
Spring cleaning focus: Green and clean. Around Earth Day (April 22) is a great time to give your home a healthy, ecofriendly makeover. Consider making one or more of these changes during your spring cleaning:

Use natural cleansers (or baking soda and white vinegar) to tackle cleaning projects like mopping, wiping counters and caring for furniture.
Cut up old T-shirts to make rags and use them in place of paper towels.
Replace disposables with reusable items, like glass water bottles, stainless steel straws, cloth shopping bags and cloth napkins.

To clean the air, bringing in an air purifier is a good idea — but don’t neglect simpler methods as well, like opening windows to let in fresh air and keeping plenty of healthy houseplants.
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Studio Stamp
Spring cleaning focus: Deep clean. Let’s face it: In the course of a regular weekend, it never seems like a good time to get to those truly deep (and often pretty yucky) cleaning projects you know you should be doing. Why not dedicate a day to doing all the dirty work you’ve been putting off? Just be sure to plan a nice reward at the end of it!

Here are a few tasks to consider putting on your deep-cleaning to-do list:

Vacuum all of the hard-to-reach places you usually skip, such as deep under the beds and behind furniture.
Clean out the dryer hose and vacuum inside the lint trap.
Clean behind the fridge and vacuum the coils.
Scrub the grout in the kitchen and bath.
Clean out the garbage can and recycling bins.
Dust the light fixtures.
Clean the blinds.

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Anthony Crisafulli Photography
Spring cleaning focus: Exterior scrub-up. Perhaps staying indoors to clean just when the weather outside is getting bearable sounds like a horrible idea altogether. In that case consider making your spring cleaning all about the exterior of your home. Hose down the siding, clean out the gutters and downspouts, wash the windows and stain the deck. If you feel really inspired, make your way into the garden and clean your tools, edge the lawn and mulch the flowerbeds.

Tell us: Do you do spring cleaning?

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Outdoor Living Spaces

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What is a get together without a hot juicy Bar-B-Q involved. That’s where outdoor living spaces come into play, the better your outdoor space, the better the outdoor party and your awesome barbque.

 

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Enrich your home and life with the stunning accents and designs that a Columbus, Ohio professional design and remodeler can offer.  With glamorously upgraded counters, cabinets, floors and lighting, any home that lacks something special will become rejuvenated.  With Columbus also being a prime location for outdoor living and seating areas, the possibilities to glamorize and re-energize your Columbus surrounding home have never been as numerous as they are now.  So get ready for the summer breaks with your own resort-style leisure right at home. We are all inspired by and like different types of rock, wood and fabrics, and each of our choices tells others a little more about us.  While some materials such as marble and granite are much more popular than others in the home, you can have a chance to stand out as a style maverick with more unusual or versatile options such as quartz, stainless steel or glazed lava stone.  If there are places you have visited where the surrounding natural beauty appealed to you more than anywhere else, you can mimic the colors and textures of that destination in the materials and fabrics in your home design.  Not only will you trick yourself into believing you are on vacation all of the time, your unique design will certainly be a conversation starter at parties! The lighting options employed in your home really have the power to produce the kind of mood you desire, or may be inadvertently causing unwanted feelings as well.  If it often feels like your lighting doesn’t tailor well-enough to the layout of your home, with too many dark spots or excessively bright ones, mention it to your local Columbus, Ohio design and remodeling experts, who know of many options that have worked wonders for other Columbus and neighboring homeowners.  Nothing says cozy like a well-lit home and there are also energy savings that could be achieved with a more environmentally-conscious lighting approach. In San Diego, possibly home of the most envied weather in America, you can’t let the outdoor seating and living enthusiasm pass you by.  What could be more relaxing and fulfilling than spending an evening with good friends out of doors in cozy chairs and a fire? An outdoor sleeping area with a cozy bed and mosquito nets would be absolutely heavenly and a wonderful way to reconnect with nature.  Throw in an outdoor private shower and you are now officially in paradise.  Enjoy your home like you never imagined you could, with a marvelous home, kitchen and bath remodel from your Columbus, Ohio design and remodeling experts.


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