Getting Your Manufactured Home Ready for Spring
After a cold few months, we’re finally reaching the point where the nice, warm days of spring are just around the corner. Before you know it, the days will be getting longer again, baseball season will be back, and you’ll feel like opening up the windows in your manufactured home to get a little fresh air.
As springtime rolls around, many people like to find ways to freshen up their homes for the new season. After all, winter can be a tough time of year for homes and buildings just like it can be a tough time of year for people. Just like any other type of home, your manufactured home might be in need of a little TLC as the weather starts to get warmer. If you want to be sure your manufactured home is in tip-top shape for spring, here are a few ways you could get started:
Clear the Clutter
Ready to do a little spring cleaning? Getting rid of some of the clutter around your home is a great way to make your home more comfortable. But trying to decide what to keep and what to get rid of is often easier said than done. As you look through your closets, try to divide things into three different piles: things you definitely want to keep, things that can definitely go, and things you’re not sure of. If you find something that you didn’t even remember having, you’re probably safe to get rid of it.
If you need some motivation to get rid of some of your clutter, remember that you can always turn your unwanted or unneeded stuff into extra cash! Keep an eye on your community’s events to see if there are any community garage sales coming up. If you don’t want to go the garage sale route, you can always sell things online.
Wash Your Windows
If you have the right tools for the job, washing your windows doesn’t have to be a chore. You don’t even need to spend money on a fancy window cleaner; using a simple combination of two parts water and one part white vinegar will do the job just fine. If you want your windows to stay streak-free, the big tricks are to rinse off the windows before you start using your cleaning solution, to use a squeegee or a lint-free cloth, and to be careful not to use too much cleaning solution. Also, be sure to wash your windows on a cloudy or overcast day. When you wash your windows on a bright, sunny day, the heat from the sun can cause the cleaning solution to dry on the window and cause streaky windows.
Clean Up Your Siding
Washing your home’s siding can make your home look as good as new. Vinyl siding is very easy to clean and you don’t need to have a power washer or even any special cleaners to do an effective job. All you need is a soft cloth or a soft-bristle brush with a long handle and, according to Bob Vila, a simple combination of 70% water and 30% white vinegar works well as a general, all-purpose cleaner for vinyl siding. To avoid streaking, start at the bottom of your house and work your way up, being sure to rinse your cleaning solution as you go.
Check Your Gutters
Rainy days during springtime in Michigan are inevitable, but you don’t want to have water pooling up on the ground by your home. Take a look at the gutters and make sure they’re still firmly attached to your home and aren’t full of leaves or other debris. This way, they’ll be able to direct the water away from your home more effectively.
With these tips, you’ll have the best looking manufactured home on the block this spring!