For a few glorious months every year, Canada becomes a very warm place. After being cooped up inside for most of the year, when summer finally arrives we embrace it with open arms. While we spend most of the year waiting for the heat to finally arrive, it doesn’t take much for it to feel overwhelming. To help your home feel cool and comfortable, be sure to tackle these cleaning projects. Don’t worry, there are plenty of pros to help you along the way so you can spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying the summer heat.
1. Clean Carpets
Our carpets see a lot of foot traffic, so it’s no surprise they dirty quickly and can contribute to that unpleasant muggy house feeling. Any carpet in your home could have dirt, dust, crumbs and pet dander trapped inside of it. Without proper cleaning, these items will work their way down into the fibres of your carpet and cause unpleasant smells, stains and even permanent damage. Having your carpets cleaned will remove any musty smells, stains and dirt particles and leave your home smelling and looking fresh.
How often you have your carpets cleaned depends on your home and your preference. The rule of thumb is at least once a year, but if you have pets, are a smoker, have allergies, or see heavy foot traffic in your home, you can easily increase this number to twice a year, or even once every few months. The cost of carpet cleaning is determined in one of two ways; a fixed cost based on the room or per square foot. How dirty your carpets are and the amount of furniture in the room can affect these prices. On average, HomeStars users spend about $300 cleaning carpets in their homes. Connect with a carpet cleaning company to find out how much it will cost to refresh your carpets.
2. Sparkling Floors
If you don’t have carpets, you should still give your floors a thorough cleaning. For much the same reasons your carpets need to be cleaned at least annually, so do your floors. Depending on the material and how much foot traffic your floors see, the cleaning schedule is up to you. If it’s been a while since you had your floors cleaned, the start of summer is the perfect time to refresh them.
Sparkling clean floors not only make your home cleaner, but it can also make your home look bigger and brighter. This is because light will reflect off your newly polished floors helping to make your rooms appear fresh and light, the perfect look for summer. Whether you need multiple rooms done or just this one task, you can easily schedule a one time cleaning for about $200. Costs will vary depending on your situation, so it’s always best to get quotes from multiple companies. If you want a better idea of what a one-time cleaning will cost versus a regular schedule, read this article next.
3. Wash Windows
Summertime means the sun will be shining bright all day long. Make the most of these sunny days by having your windows cleaned. After a wet spring, our windows are covered remnants of unpleasant weather. Hire a window cleaning company to take care of this difficult (and sometimes dangerous!) task for you.
HomeStars users reported an average cost of $279 to get their windows cleaned. Keep in mind the price you will pay is determined by how many windows you have. In general, the more windows you have, the more you will pay. Be sure to connect with multiple companies to compare quotes so you get the best clean for your home.
While you’re having your windows cleaned, now is a great time to inspect them for damage. If you’re concerned about yours, read through this article for clever ways to check your windows for any issues. If you discover you need to replace your windows, early summer is a good time to take on this project. Follow our step-by-step guide for everything you need to know about window replacement.
4. Fresh Air Filters
Your air conditioner will not work properly if it’s clogged with last year’s dirt. Before you turn on your unit for the summer, it’s a good idea to get it serviced by a pro. You want to pay particular attention to your air filters and make sure they’re changed regularly. Failing to do so will cause your AC unit to work harder, push less cold air through your home, and unnecessarily increase your bills.
If you haven’t cleaned or replaced your air filter in some time, there’s no time like the present. It’s recommended that filters on central AC units have their air filter changed roughly once a month. If your home is full of fluffy pets, consider changing it more frequently. A new air filter will cost you anywhere from $10-20, but be sure to ask your pro which type is right for your home’s AC model.
5. Exterior Powerwash
Much like your windows, the exterior of your home gets dirty throughout the winter and spring. After months of heavy snow and rain, you’ll want to refresh the outside of your home to wash away the past months. The easiest way to clean your home’s exterior is to have it power washed. While this is a pricier task (reportedly costing around $600) doing so will make a huge difference in the appearance of your home and you’ll be glad you made the investment. Get the pros to take care of this task for you and enjoy your sparkling clean home, both inside and out.
We guarantee that checking off these five tasks will help to make your home feel fresh and breezy for summer time. Whether you need a little or a lot of help freshening up your place, you can always rely on the pros from HomeStars to get the job done right. Start getting quotes now and before you know it, you’ll be enjoying summer in your beautifully clean and cool home.