Summer is the perfect time of the year to thoroughly clean your home’s interior and exterior. After all, the combination of school being out and longer daylight hours probably means you’re planning all kinds of fun family gatherings and get-togethers with your friends this summer.

Need some help getting started? Check out our summer cleaning checklist filled with helpful hacks.

Indoor Cleaning Checklist

Now that summer is here, it’s time to do some deep cleaning inside your home. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you start.

Banish Dust and Allergens

Starting at the top and working your way down, give your home a thorough dusting. While using a microfiber cloth or traditional duster, pay close attention to areas like fan blades and baseboards while you work. If your countertops or tabletops need a little extra TLC, you can dampen your microfiber cloth to help wipe away the dust.

While dusting, check your air vents too. You can use a handheld vacuum cleaner to clean the dust out of the vents. Also, remember to replace your AC filters to help keep your home dust- and allergen-free.

Make Your Windows Shine

Creating a streak-free shine is simple. First, if you have window screens, remove them and clean them with some liquid Castile soap. Once they’ve dried, reinstall the screens, dust your blinds and then clean the glass using a DIY window cleaning solution of half vinegar and half water.

Create Floors That Sparkle

No matter the type of flooring you have, regularly sweeping it keeps your home looking neat. For a deeper clean, you can wipe floors down using a mop and some warm water or a special cleaner designed for your flooring type.

Tackle Room-Specific Tasks

As you go through your home, focus on some room-specific tasks:

  • Bedroom: Launder all your linens, bed skirts and curtains. To freshen the space, you can also vacuum and flip your mattress.
  • Bathroom: Scrub away any soap scum, mold or mildew from your tub, tiles and shower liner. Thoroughly clean all hard surfaces, wipe down your windows, freshen your toilet and toss your towels in the wash.
  • Kitchen: Clean all surfaces ranging from the exterior cabinets to the counter and stovetop. Clean your refrigerator and microwave using some warm water and gentle soap. While you are at it, toss anything that’s expired and disinfect your garbage can to create a fresh-smelling space.
  • Laundry room: Wipe down the inside and outside of your washer and dryer and then give your floors a good cleaning. Don’t forget to clean out the lint trap or dryer vent.
  • Main living areas: Vacuum all carpets and rugs and clean any throws and washable pillows on your sofa. Wipe down heavily used surfaces like remote controls and light switches.

Cut Down on Clutter

If it’s been a while since you last organized, you’ve probably accumulated quite a bit of cutter. While you are cleaning each room, go through your belongings and separate the items you no longer use or want. You can then create separate piles for things you want to either donate, sell or throw out.

Outdoor Cleaning Checklist

There are also several outdoor tasks you should do in the summer, such as:

Create Lush, Liveable Landscaping

After the long winter months, you and your family will be wanting to spend as much time as possible outdoors. Mow, edge and blow away grass clippings, leaves and debris, paying special attention to walkways and your patio and driveway.

If you noticed mold growing on your patio or furniture, you can use a bleach/water mixture to scrub it all away. Get your outdoor cushions and pillows out from storage, set up some lights and add a few flowering plants to create a welcoming environment for outdoor entertaining.

Get Your Gutters Professionally Cleaned

Everything from fallen leaves to twigs can collect in your gutters over time. Scheduling professional gutter cleaning will ensure your system stays clear and free-flowing — even during those summer thunderstorms.

Prep Your Grill

If you’ll be barbecuing this summer, make sure your grill is ready for dishes ranging from veggie kabobs to marinated meats. First, remove the grates and scrub them to remove any greasy buildup. Then, use a little soap and water to wipe the outside of the grill. If you keep your cookout utensils outside, be sure to clean those too.

Get Your Pool Ready for Parties

After sitting idle for the past few months, your pool will need some professional maintenance to get it ready for parties with friends and family. A professional can complete the necessary tasks like checking and cleaning the filter, testing the water and removing any debris so it’s good to go.

Thinking About Buying a New Home This Summer?

If you are considering buying a new home this summer, CIS Home Loans is here to help. As a full-service mortgage bank, we are dedicated to helping our customers get the home of their dreams.

For over 25 years, we’ve been delivering industry-leading services and some of the most competitive rates in the industry. By taking advantage of our quick turn times, you can start and complete the application process in no time.

Reach out to us with any questions or to start the application process.

Colby Nix is a Mortgage Loan Originator and Branch Manager for CIS Home Loans. His scope of lending includes purchases and refinances in Conventional, FHA, USDA, and VA programs. He has a combined 5 years of lending experience that began in the community banking setting. Colby has a passion for learning and holds his BS and MBA from the University of North Alabama.