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5 Steps for Spring Cleaning

5 Steps for Spring Cleaning

Spring has finally arrived and with the new season also comes the time to clean out our cluttered living areas. For many people, spring cleaning can be a difficult task which requires organizing and deciding what belongings you can be without. This article will provide with a basic 5 step process which you may use as a reference in order to help clean out your home so you can live a cleaner and clutter free lifestyle.

STEP 1: Take one room at a time:
Depending on the severity of how many items have accumulated over the winter months, some people may find cleaning their homes more difficult than others. Particularly when living in a single family homes with multiple bedrooms.

In this case, similar to handling any other difficult task, you must organize yourself, and divide the work load over a period of time. Start with one room and do not go to the next until that room has been completely clean.

STEP 2: Organize your things first
Sometimes the most difficult obstacle to cleaning a home is the prospect of having to throw everything away. Of course, for many people important valuables may be lost in the clutter. Some valuables may be of monetary value while others may be of sentimental value.

In order to best handle the foreboding task of having to clear out the clutter, take time to go through the clutter and decide honestly, what is important to keep and what is simply wasted space.

Once you have separated the good from the bad (or the wanted items from the junk), find an appropriate place for those important possessions. One of the true tests of deciding whether or not an item truly has value to you is deciding where to store it once you have found it. This means that you cannot simply throw all of your valuables into a generic drawer. Everything must have a designated spot.

STEP 3: Remove the junk!
Now it is time for the stress relieving part of this process. Gather multiple garbage bags and simply dispose of all the items you have labeled as a non-valuables. This will “clear” the way for you in order to facilitate the final steps of the spring cleaning process.

For some people, the amount of clutter or extra belongings may be too troublesome or dangerous to remove. In this case, the best option is to contact a junk removal specialist (you are welcome to contact www.choicehi.com/service-network for referral sources). A junk removal specialist may be hired for a fee, to remove clutter that some people may not be able to handle.

STEP 4: The wipe down!

Now that all clutter has been removed, you are free to start eliminating germs! This is the time where you vacuum or bleach your floors, dust the surfaces, and wipe down tops with disinfectants. Keep in mind, that many cleaning supplies do contain harmful chemicals and should be handled with care. Also, when cleaning, be careful when lifting heavy objects so that you do not injure yourself.

STEP 5: Air it out!
Once you have completed step four, open the windows, and use any kind of air circulation system that you have to clear out any remaining bits of dust and cleaning chemicals. Depending on the age of your current air conditioning system, a replacement may help more efficiently filter out allergens. With the new fresh air, your home will smell like new!

A Word of Caution:
Whenever possible, always hire a professional to complete the more specialized tasks. Spring cleaning can be an exciting activity. It is often easy forget that safety should always be a top priority. It is important to remember that many homes carry harmful and/or deadly chemicals or devices (e.g., asbestos, lead based paint, electrical panels, etc.). When approaching these elements, it is best to hire a specialist who can either directly handle or remove the subject of concern.

 

A Smart Way To Maintain Your Property

A Smart Way To Maintain Your Property

Maintaining your property can be rewarding for both your personal and financial well-being.  If you are diligent in making the right home repairs over time, you will be living in a safer and healthier environment while improving the value of your property.  To maintain your property well, you want to take a tip from some of our condominium associations who take an active role in making sure that their buildings are preserved and are safe for the residents in their community.  Here are three tips to maintain your property.

  1. Start with an assessment of your property’s current condition.  The best way to do this is to have a professional home inspection.  When you are going through the due diligence process of buying your home, you will typically hire a professional home inspector to give you an accurate assessment of what some of the more immediate repairs are and also what deferred maintenance issues need to be dealt with over time.  Once you have this comprehensive report, you then want to keep tabs on things that you can do to maintain your property over the next 20 to 30 years of ownership.

  2. Create a maintenance timeline for anticipated replacement of items around your home. There is usually a recommended useful life for various parts of your home.  For example, water heaters may have a life of 8-12 years. Depending on the material of your roof and the conditions you live in, it may have of life between 20 to 30 years.  The more detailed your maintenance timeline, the more prepared you will be.

  3. Budget monthly for home maintenance costs.  Similar to what you would expect to pay in a maintenance fee if you lived in a condominium, have a monthly maintenance fee set aside in a separate savings account for your home.  Knowing what you might have to spend over the next 5 to 10 years, set aside a monthly amount that will give you enough funds to pay for these anticipated expenses.

Although we refer to maintenance as an expense of repairing your home, it really should be looked at as an investment in your property.  If you live in a place like Oahu where home values increase on average 5-6% per year, then you know that any additional improvements made over time will result in a better appraised value for then you decided to sell your property.  

Spring Cleaning In Hawaii

Spring Cleaning In Hawaii

Spring has finally arrived and with the new season also comes the time to clean out our cluttered living areas. For many people, spring cleaning can be a difficult task which requires organizing and deciding what belongings you can be without. This article will provide you with a basic 5 step process which you may use as a reference in order to help clean out your home so you can live a cleaner and clutter free lifestyle.

STEP 1: Air It Out

Open the windows, and use any kind of air circulation system that you have to clear out any bits of dust and cleaning chemicals. Depending on the age of your current air conditioning system, a replacement may help more efficiently filter out allergens. With the new fresh air, your home will smell like new!

Step 2: Vacuum and Wipe

Vacuum everywhere! As long as it is not detrimental to your physical health and safety, vacuuming behind and underneath furniture can help suck up all the dust in your home. Dust can often find its way underneath furniture and in those hard to reach places, making it more difficult for you as a homeowner to keep your home clean. Wipe down your countertops with non-toxic cleaners which are safer for you and softer on your furniture.

Step 3: Sell Some of Your Things

Organize an estate or yard sale! As a homeowner with many “things” to dispose of, you can often sell many of your things for cash. Hire a professional estate liquidator such as Estate Liquidators Hawaii to help you with this task. Or, if you prefer, organize your own yard sale. If you need an organizer, feel free to contact Steve Tokita, President of Caring Transitions Honolulu.

Step 4: Maintain Your Landscaping

Single-family homeowners will, most likely, have a yard to maintain. If you have not maintained your yard, you most likely have subjected your home to excessive overgrowth. For those living within an association, this may subject you to various fees. If you can, hire a professional landscaper or gardener to keep things in order.

Step 5: Do Not Forget the Fridge

One of the most overlooked places for “things” is your refrigerator/freezer. Use a large garbage bag and throw away everything that is past its expiration date. You will find that your refrigerator is much more organized and will not release an odor every time you open it.

A Word of Caution:

Whenever possible, always hire a professional to complete the more specialized tasks. Spring cleaning can be an exciting activity. It is often easy forget that safety should always be a top priority. It is important to remember that many homes carry harmful and/or deadly chemicals or devices (e.g., asbestos, lead based paint, electrical panels, etc.). When approaching these elements, it is best to hire a specialist who can either directly handle or remove the subject of concern.

Keeping Your Home Pest Free!

Keeping Your Home Pest Free!

If you are thinking of moving to Hawaii, there is a saying which many people are familiar with: “There are two types of properties: those that have pests and those that will have pests.” Although this is largely true of any home in a tropical climate, there are many preventative measures homeowners can take to manage or perhaps even prevent their infestations. Keeping your home clean is a 24/7 responsibility that many homeowners are are not consistent with. By not keeping your property clean, homeowners invite pests into their home. Some of the many different types of pests on Oahu include a variety of different cockroaches, centipede, ants, spiders and even scorpions (do not worry, these are less frequently encountered).

So what are some basic preventative steps that you can take to help keep your property free and clear of these little monsters? To your advantage, some of these steps have multiple benefits!

Tip 1: Keep your home clean!

Of course, bugs are attracted to open container foods and damp surfaces. In this connection, within a home, it is common to find pests in kitchen areas. It is for this reason that dishes should always be washed daily and all surfaces (in and outside of the kitchen) should be wiped clean. Completing this task will not only detract insects from making a home, but it will also help keep moisture buildup away from the walls and cabinetry within your home.

Tip 2: Manage your trash!

Even if you keep your counters spotless and dry, your floors polished and, have everything in their rightful place, you still cannot neglect your trash. By leaving bottles and cans unclean before disposing, various pests can be attracted to your trashcan. Deodorize your trash with an air freshener and contain any scents with a cover.

Tip 3: Treat your home regularly!

If your property is a condo or a single-family home, it helps to have your home treated regularly, particularly if pests have been known to occupy the area. Hiring a pest control specialist to visit your home regularly can do a lot to manage infestations.

In this connection, if you ever decide to place your home on the market, Buyers will be glad to know that the property does not contain any heavy infestations . Please see below for a list of different Termite and Pest control vendors:

Kama’aina Termite and Pest Control

808-591-9997

Aloha Termite & Pest Control
808-622-2268