Stuck at Home? Here’s Some Things to Do.

By now we might all be getting a little stir crazy. With the gloomy weather and the COVID-19 social distancing going on, there is only so much Netflix one can watch. That being said, what are some other things we can do around the house to keep from pulling our hair out?

Well, aside from the obvious spring cleaning and small house project here or there, below is a list brought to you by our friends over at Lawyer’s Title with some fun ideas to keep you and the kiddos busy during this strange time.

 

March To-Dos for Your Home

The weather has finally been warming up (can we get a “hallelujah”?)! With sunshine and blue skies, it’s beginning to be nice enough to put on those work boots and do some much needed inspecting around the home. Below is a list from houseopedia.com with some things to consider doing around your home now that the weather is thawing out.

  • Inspect the roof. Check for damage from ice and wind. Look for loose shingles and flashing. Check behind chimneys where shingles meet flashing. Inspect the gutters, especially where they attach to fascia boards. Reattach any gutters that may have pulled loose under the weight of ice.
  • Inspect the attic. Look at the underside of the roof decking, checking for signs of water seepage. Ice can get into cracked shingles, expand and cause a leak upon melting. Replace shingles and backing, if necessary.
  • Foundation drainage. Before spring rains, check the slope of soil from the house foundation. Build up any areas where soil has eroded. Use small river rock mixed with the soil to better hold it in place.
  • Clean fireplace. Shovel out ashes and log remnants, then use a hand broom and vacuum to remove the fine dust. Close the damper. If you have a gas log set, consider shutting off the pilot for the spring and summer to save on gas usage.
  • Prep garden tools. Sharpen shovels, hoes and pick axes. Gas up the lawn mower and weed eater and give them a trial run. Take the insulating covers off the faucets and move hoses into place.
  • Gardening goals. In March or April, depending on your climate, it’s time to start thinking about a spring and summer garden. Clear raised planting beds of debris, and turn soil. Start seedlings inside. Do not plant until after last frost date in your area.
  • Relocate firewood. If you have left over wood, move it several yards away from the house. During the spring, a wood pile attracts creatures such as termites, carpenter ants, skunks and possums.
  • Power wash siding and decks. Over the winter prolonged moisture may create mold and moss on decks and house siding. Rent a power wash machine and give them a good cleaning.
  • Clean windows. Winter weather leaves dingy windows. Let the sun in with a good cleaning.
  • Provide nutrients for your landscape. Depending on your climate zone, March or April is the time to apply fertilizer and weed control. Consult local gardening experts.

Deep Cleaning and De-Cluttering Your Home

Somehow we are already in the middle of February as time in 2020 moves just as fast as every other year.

Soon it will be Spring and that means it’s almost time to do some much needed Spring cleaning. Whether it’s deep cleaning your home, yard work, accumulated clutter around the house, old appliances, or whatever else you can think of, it’s time to take a hard look at your home and see what needs to go. Depending on the extent of cleaning needed, it might be a DIY job, or you might need to call in some professionals.

Here are some things to consider when it comes time to do your Spring cleaning this year:

The different types of trash in your home and getting rid of it

When it comes to your household waste, it falls into three categories, each with its own process of disposal.

  • Household trash is your everyday waste: food, food packaging, cans, cardboard boxes, diapers, etc. Your weekly trash pick-up handles this.
  • Junk includes old furniture not worth selling or donating, old warn out cloths, worn out appliances and household accessories. This includes things such as old mattresses and box springs, televisions, barbecue grills, refrigerators, washers and dryers, old microwaves, and more. When buying a new appliance, always ask if the merchant will haul away the old one. Remodeling construction debris also is common, but your contractor should dispose of it.
  • Hazardous waste includes paint and stains, cleaners, oils and pesticides. Do NOT put it in the trash or pour it down the drain. Refrigerators are both junk and hazardous material, since they contain refrigerant gas and a small amount of oil. Old fluorescent lights have gasses that make them hazardous.

For these things, check your city or county website to see if it offers extra services, such as pick up of large appliances or old furniture, for a small fee. Sometimes municipalities will schedule special days a couple of times a year to pick up large household items. The same applies to household chemicals. Many cities or counties have facilities where residents can drop off old paint, pesticides and other household hazards. Otherwise, you might consider hiring a junk removal service to come and hall things away for you.

Deep cleaning and De-Cluttering

In case you aren’t quite sure what types of deep cleaning things to do for your spring cleaning, here are some ideas:

  1. Cleaning the baseboards
  2. Wiping off the ceiling fan blades
  3. Emptying and cleaning your fridge and cabinets
  4. Cleaning the lint out of your dryer vent
  5. Shampooing your carpets
  6. Trimming trees and bushes
  7. Spraying your home for insects
  8. Shaking out rugs and curtains
  9. Replacing water filters, light bulbs, smoke detector batteries, etc.
  10. Dusting EVERYTHING
  11. Go through every closet, dresser, garage, and storage area to get rid of old cloths and things you don’t use anymore.

*A good rule of thumb is if you haven’t worn it or used it in over a year, it can probably go.

These are just a few suggestions to go along with your normal cleaning this Spring. Once everything has been cleaned and all the junk taken away, it’s amazing how much more open and fresh your home will feel!

How to Keep Snakes Away from Your Home

Although here in Prescott we’re still having some cooler weather, pretty soon things are going to start heating up! With warmer temperatures comes that beautiful weather we’re all looking forward to, however, it also brings along other things with it.

That’s right, it’s almost snake season again, not to mention bugs too, but for now we’ll focus on our slithering friends.

In Arizona, now is about the time where snakes are going to start coming out of their homes again. It’s not so much about the time of year for them as it is the right temperature, and if you didn’t know, we have plenty of species of snakes to go around. Rattlesnakes, bull snakes, gopher snakes, king snakes, and the list could go on. So, with so many snakes soon to be out and about, how do we keep them away from our homes?

Well, while we’re in real estate and have some knowledge on all things Prescott, it’s probably best to ask the experts on this one. That being said, we turn to Rattlesnake Solutions, whom you can follow on Facebook.  They have all the knowledge on snakes in Arizona.

Here is their latest in-depth article about How to Keep Snakes Away from Your Home.