The weather is still cold and blustery, but January is a great time to take care of some home maintenance items before the robins start singing and spring arrives. Realtor.com suggests these tasks to check off your to-do list now.


  • Prevent exposed pipes from freezing: If you haven’t turned off water to outdoor spigots yet, shut off water valves and open spigots to drain existing water. To thaw a frozen pipe, wrap it in a heating pad or turn a hair dryer on it. If a pipe bursts, shut off the main water valve to your home and call a plumber. This is the time to bring in the pros.

  • Polish your hardware: Shine and tighten door knobs and give the same treatment to kitchen cabinet pulls and knobs. Homeowners often forget how many times these items get handled each day and a little maintenance and cleaning goes a long way.

  • Contact a Cleaning Crew: Now is a great time to call in a professional cleaning company for a one-time deep cleaning even if you usually do it yourself. A cleaning crew can take care of some of the jobs you don’t like to do like cleaning range hoods and grilles, dusting the tops of ceiling fans, wiping baseboards, and dusting light fixtures and bulbs. It will be worth the price to take these items off your to-do list.

  • Do a Deep Declutter: Clean out closets and drawers and fill up trash bags with items to throw away and donate. The feeling of accomplishment when those bags are out of the house will be worth all your hard work. And your home will look bigger and brighter without all that clutter.

  • Check for Rodents: Check your basement, attic, crawl spaces, and backs of cupboards for signs that you have unwanted guests. If you find evidence, set traps immediately or call a pest control service.

     

Spring will be here before you know it, and both you and your home will be ready for it with these jobs completed. Bring on the sunshine!