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How To Keep Your Home Running Smoothly, Month by Month

by The Jansen Team

Maintenance on your home is extremely important, especially if you want to avoid costly repairs. Experts say in order to keep your home running smoothly, month by month, stick to this basic checklist:

January:

  • Clean kitchen light fixtures
  • Declutter

February:

  • Dust baseboards and vents
  • Clean light fixtures in the living and dining rooms

March:

  • Wash and fluffs pillows and bedding
  • Turn, rotate, and vacuum mattresses
  • Test and replace smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries

April:

  • Get the HVAC system serviced
  • Clean gutters
  • Check decks and wooden exterior features

May:

  • Review contents of your emergency kit
  • Clean light fixtures in the master bedroom

June:

  • Get ducts and vents cleaned
  • Wash windows inside and out
  • Check the attic
  • Clean light fixtures in other bedrooms

July:

  • Deep-clean the refrigerator and freezer
  • Clean the dishwasher
  • Dust ceilings, corners, and ceiling fans

August:

  • Get an annual inspection of the chimney and fireplace
  • Touch up paint inside and out where needed
  • Clean light fixtures in living and dining rooms

September:

  • Trim back overgrown and dead branches
  • Check caulking and weather stripping around windows and doors
  • Wash and fluff pillows and bedding
  • Test and replace smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries

October:

  • Get the HVAC system serviced
  • Vacuum or sweep the garage
  • Service and winterize outdoor equipment

November:

  • Clean gutters
  • Shut down water for winter
  • Vacuum the basement or storage areas
  • Dust baseboards and vents
  • Clean master bedroom light fixtures
  • Dust ceilings, corners, and ceiling fans

December:

  • Vacuum lampshades
  • Assess holiday decorations
  • Clean light fixtures in the bedrooms

Every month:

  • Spot-clean furniture
  • Wash kitchen and bath mats
  • Wipe switches, phones, computer keyboards, and remotes
  • Wipe down appliances

Quarterly:

  • Spot-clean walls
  • Change furnace filters
  • Clean bathroom light fixtures and exhaust fans
  • Clean window treatments and blinds
  • Clean the oven

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Information from this article found at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/how-to-keep-your-house-running-smoothly-month-by-month/2018/01/02/6c537712-db88-11e7-b859-fb0995360725_story.html?utm_term=.de10ee0264be​ 

Spruce up your home!

by Jansen Team

Trend Watch: Colors that won’t die quickly

You’ve probably noticed a lot of older trends coming back in style, and now you’ll see them inside homes too! Industry experts have come up with their predictions for the top 10 home design trends gaining traction in 2018.

  1. More color in kitchens

Give the space a warm, personalized, unique feel – take risks and be BOLD!

  1. Rich colors throughout the home

Not like the 70s avocado green and mustard colors – warm grays paired with camel, rust, tobacco and brown-blacks, as well as earthy reds and yellows won’t date quickly and give a cozy feel to any room!

  1. No more white or stainless steel sinks

Modern Farmhouse trends will continue and spread to bathrooms – more concrete, stone, copper, and granite composite sinks in darker shades of gray, bronze, and black will be more prominent.

  1. Florals

Eye-catching and oversized – you’ll continue to see these everywhere!

  1. Vintage lighting

Sconces, lanterns, pendants, and chandeliers – a good DIY project when adding new technology to these more-durable retro fixtures.

  1. Trough or bucket sinks

Another modern Farmhouse trend that’s not going anywhere – these durable, low maintenance sinks maximize space and add a rustic aesthetic.

  1. Concrete accents

This affordable, versatile, accessible material is being used in unexpected ways and stealing the spotlight!

  1. Millwork feature walls and detailing

Another great DIY project – easy to work with and readily available.

  1. Wallpaper-like backsplash

Subway tiles are out – wallpaper is back in, making a great refresher for kitchen and bathroom spaces!

  1. Casual and calm modern bedrooms

Less is more! Leave the bold colors in the kitchen and keep bedrooms minimalist and opt for simple furnishings and neutral color palettes.

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Information in this article was found in a Washington Post article: "Trend Watch: Colors That Won't Die Quickly" written by Megan McDonough. Full article can be found at the following link:

http://www.omaha.com/eedition/sunrise/articles/trend-watch-color-that-won-t-die-quickly/article_a8d6d99b-cb98-5fe0-aa53-021d64ed1b26.html 

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