9 Tips for a Spring-Clean Home All Winter Long

You know, when you think about it, we should be obsessing over fall cleaning instead of spring cleaning. After all, you’re about to shut yourself inside for months with all the dust and dirt your home has collected during the hot, dusty, open-window days of summer. And who wants to inhale that?!

The EPA even estimates that indoor air quality can be five times more polluted than outdoor air. So here’s a checklist to help you breathe easy all winter long in your home.

#1 Wash and Disinfect Garbage Cans and Wastebaskets

You’re going to be shut in all winter with these germ havens, so now’s a good time to clean them thoroughly. Take them outside where you can blast the insides with a garden hose, then add disinfectant.

For an environmentally safe way to sterilize these nasty grime collectors, use undiluted hydrogen peroxide or vinegar mixed 50/50 with water. Caution! Don’t mix hydrogen peroxide with vinegar — the result is harmful peracetic acid. Regular bleach is an effective disinfectant (one part bleach to six parts water), but we much prefer environmentally safe.

Let the garbage cans sit for an hour, then pour out the contents and scrub the insides with a stiff bristle brush to remove any residue. Rinse and, if possible, let the wastebasket dry in direct sunlight, which helps eliminate bacteria.

#2 Wash and Disinfect Toilet Brush Holders

Take the holder and the brush outside, and spray wash thoroughly with a garden hose. Immerse the holder and brush in a bucket of hot water mixed with one of these solutions:

  • 1 part bleach to 6 parts water
  • 2 to 3 cups of environmentally friendly washing soda crystals
  • A 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water

Let everything sit in the solution for a couple of hours, then rinse the holder and brush with a hose and place in direct sunlight to dry.

#3 Turn Over Furniture and Vacuum the Bottoms

You might shift furniture around so you can vacuum the floor, but there’s another side to the story — the underside.

Tilt upholstered chairs and couches all the way back (much easier with two people) to expose the bottoms. The dustcovers tacked underneath furniture can catch dreck and dust bunnies, so vacuum them off, being careful not to press too hard on the fabric.

#4 Clean the Tops of Doors, Trim, and Artwork

Tables and countertops aren’t the only household items with horizontal surfaces. In fact, just about everything in your house except Rover’s tennis ball has some kind of horizontal surface where dust and dirt will nestle, often unnoticed. You’ll want to clean the top horizontal edges of:

  • Interior doors
  • Trim, including baseboards and chair rails
  • Artwork and mirrors
  • Electrical wall plates
  • Wall-mounted smoke detectors, CO detectors, and thermostats
  • Upper kitchen cabinets
  • Light bulbs and light fixtures
  • Computer monitors
  • Books on shelves

#5 Vacuum Behind the Fridge

Your fridge needs to be cleaned periodically so that it operates at peak efficiency. Ignore this chore and face another $5 to $10 per month in utility costs. Worst case: a visit from an appliance repair pro who’ll charge $75 to $150 per hour!

The object is to clean the condenser coils. Here’s how:

If the condenser coils are on the back of the refrigerator, then pull the unit out completely, and unplug it while you work on it. Brush or vacuum the coils to clean them, and clean up any dirt and dust on the floor.

Also, check to make sure your freezer vents are clear. Freezers circulate air to reduce frost, but piling up too much stuff in front of the little grill-like vents inside your freezer blocks their business.

If the condenser coils are on the bottom of the fridge, then you’ll need to clean them from the front of the unit.

Take off the bottom faceplate to expose the coils.

Clean dust using a condenser-cleaning brush ($8) or a long, thin vacuum attachment made for cleaning under refrigerators ($14).

You should still pull your refrigerator all the way out and vacuum up dirt and dust that accumulates in back of the unit. Unplug it while you work on it.

Put down a piece of cardboard so that grit under the wheels doesn’t scratch your flooring.

#6 Winterize Your Entry

Keep winter’s slush and gunk at bay by making your entryway a dirt guardian.

  • Get a boot scraper ($19 to $35).
  • Add a chair or bench for taking off boots, and have a boot rack for wet footwear.
  • Put down a tough coir outdoor doormat ($30 to $190) for cleaning footwear.

Related: Check Out These Clever Entryway Solutions

#7 Clean Windows

By some estimates, dirty window glass cuts daylight by 20%. That’s a lot less light coming in at a time of year when you really need it to help chase away winter blues.

Clean windows inside and out with a homemade non-toxic solution:

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon eco-friendly dish detergent
  • 2 cups water

Wipe clean and polish using microfiber cloths.

#8 Clean Ceiling Fan Blades

Those big blades on your ceiling fan are great at moving air, but when they’re idle they’re big dust magnets — dust settles on the top surfaces where you can’t see it.

Out of sight maybe, but not out of mind. Here’s an easy way to clean them: Take an old pillowcase and gently cover a blade. Pull it back slowly to remove the dust. The dust stays inside the pillowcase, instead of all over the floor, the furniture, your hair (ugh!).

#9 Change Furnace Filters

Yeah, this is a no-brainer, which is why it’s last on this list. But everything else you do could be moot if you’re not changing your filters at least once every 60 days (more if you’re sensitive to allergies).

Air filters for furnaces are rated by level of efficiency. The higher the rating, the better the filter is at removing dirt, mold spores, and pet dander.

Filters are rated one of two ways (you’ll see the ratings on the packaging); higher numbers mean better efficiency, but there’s a point of diminishing returns — some filters with extremely high ratings also restrict air flow, making your HVAC work so hard that the system heats and cools inefficiently.

  • Minimum efficiency rating values (MERV) for filters range from 1 to 16, but 7 to 13 is typical for households (14 and up are used in hospitals).
  • Microparticle performance rating (MPR) range from 300 to 2,400.

Cheap filters cost about $2, but won’t do you much good. You’re better off paying $12 to $17 for a pleated filter with a 1250 MPR, or $20 to $25 for a filter rated 2,400.

Happy cleaning (and breathing!) this winter.

Article Courtesy of HouseLogic

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Price Reduction on this Amazing Home! Nestled in Paramont Estates this beautiful home as all the luxuries! The amentities of the association are nice as well. This home is one you do not want to miss, high end appliances, beautiful landscaping and an amazing deck! The $20,000 price reduction makes it an even sweetier deal! Call today let’s hang our hat here!  You will be amazed by the precise attention given to intricate details in the custom designed extra wide dentil and crown molding, wainscoting, inlayed hardwood flooring, built-in hutch, bookshelves, cabinetry and trim work throughout the home. The home is ADA compliant and has an elevator to take you from floor to floor. The doorways on the first level all have beautiful transom windows. The oversized windows provide an abundance of natural sunlight through the Plantation blinds. There is also new flooring throughout the home.  Featured are built-in stainless steel appliances including a 6-burner Thermadore stove, Sub-Zero refrigerator, and double oven. You will be quite impressed by the incredible glass front dining cabinet, granite countertops, custom designed cabinets with magazine rack, as well as the multiple countertops. These are just a few of the items that will entice you. Off the kitchen is a long hallway that leads to the walk-in pantry, 3+ car garage, mudroom/laundry room, 1/2 bath and drop zone where you will find cubbies and plenty of storage.  Enjoy the magnificent view while having a cup of coffee watching the sunrise on the covered side of the deck. The deck stretches the backside of the home and there is a gas line hookup perfect for hosting cookouts hassle free. The master bedroom envelops you with warmth and security under its recessed lighting and crown molding. Call us Today for your own private showing!

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Welcome Home  Offering easy living in this 6BR/4 full/2 half BA home in Paramont Estates with all of the comforts of luxury. The circular front driveway takes you through the landscaped lawn to the custom designed leaded glass front door with transom window and sidelights. You will be amazed by the precise attention given to intricate details in the custom designed extra wide dentil and crown molding, wainscoting, inlayed hardwood flooring, built-in hutch, bookshelves, cabinetry and trim work throughout the home. The home is ADA compliant and has an elevator to take you from floor to floor. The doorways on the first level all have beautiful transom windows. The oversized windows provide an abundance of natural sunlight through the Plantation blinds. There is also new flooring throughout the home. Enjoy many holiday celebrations in the formal dining room’s festive atmosphere. Wait until you see the kitchen where the heart of the home is located. The massive eat-in kitchen is a chef’s delight. Picture friends sitting around the oversized island, with bar sink, visiting as you prepare meals in the state of the art kitchen. Featured are built-in stainless steel appliances including a 6-burner Thermadore stove, Sub-Zero refrigerator, and double oven. You will be quite impressed by the incredible glass front dining cabinet, granite countertops, custom designed cabinets with magazine rack, as well as the multiple countertops. These are just a few of the items that will entice you. Off the kitchen is a long hallway that leads to the walk-in pantry, 3+ car garage, mudroom/laundry room, 1/2 bath and drop zone where you will find cubbies and plenty of storage. The laundry room has built in cabinets, counter, utility sink, laundry shoot and hanging rod. Relax in the living room reading a book in front of the gas fireplace. A wall of windows with a French door leads you to the oversized deck. Enjoy the magnificent view while having a cup of coffee watching the sunrise on the covered side of the deck. The deck stretches the backside of the home and there is a gas line hookup perfect for hosting cookouts hassle free. The master bedroom envelops you with warmth and security under its recessed lighting and crown molding. There is an adjoining room with a wall of built-in bookshelves that can be used as a sitting room or library. The master bathroom is like going to the spa! Stunning marble floors granite counter tops, jetted tub, dual vanities and a custom designed walk-in closet with plenty of drawers. The marble shower has a built-in bench. There is a lot of personality in the 4 bedrooms on the 2nd level. Two of the rooms have extended storage space that has been finished with built-in desks so you will have no excuse for interruption when completing tasks. The bedrooms are extremely huge and 3 bedrooms have window seats with storage perfect for curling up with a good book or talking to best friends. One bedroom has built-in bookshelves and walk-in closet and adjoined to another bedroom by a “Jack and Jill” bathroom. The 2nd bedroom has a window seat the size of a twin mattress providing for more sleeping space with double storage drawers below. The 3rd bedroom has a built-in desk and bathroom that can also be accessed from the hall. The 4th bedroom was designed to be a playroom and the walls have many built-in storage drawers. The finished walkout basement is a home within a home and perfect for multi-generational living. The family room has an entertainment center with cherry finish that is the focal point. Wired for surround sound you need walk across the room to the kitchen with for a beverage and snack. The recreation room has a pool table that remains, gas fireplace and extended cherry finished bar. The cabinets are glass front with a built-in wine rack. There is a dishwasher, full refrigerator, tiled floor and double sink. There are oversized French doors that extend as tall as the ceiling that lead to a patio area. There is a separate area with private entrance that has a living room, full bath and nicely sized bedroom perfect for separate living quarters. A few more features of the home include a central vacuum system, 3 zones for heating and air conditioning, irrigation system, smart alarm that can be controlled by phone, intercom system and water purification system. Your children can attend the award winning North Oldham County school system. Surrounded by a beautiful quarry, the clubhouse offers many amenities such as paddleboat, racquetball, tennis, nature trail hiking, indoor heated pool and private event space. As you can tell there are a lot of features to this exquisite home and you will want to see them all in person. Priced to sell so call today for your private tour
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Home Maintenance for People with Better Things to Do

Owning your own home shouldn’t mean an endless list of chores.

Weekends are meant for coaching a youth soccer team to victory, chopping your way through “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” or training for a 5K to help save the pandas — not working your way through a tedious, 30-item maintenance checklist. But then, taking care of the home you love is important, too.

So how do you have your fun and keep a well-maintained home?

It’s simple: Just be mindful of your home. You don’t need a rigid maintenance list. (They work best for Type A people anyway.) Instead, train your senses to warn you of these problems, and then act ASAP:

Your Dryer Seems Hotter Than Usual

If your clothes and your dryer are super, super hot or, conversely, your dryer is taking longer to dry, you could have a clogged lint vent, a leading cause of house fires. “Sometimes the dryer connection will wiggle loose going to the outside, causing all sorts of issues with lint,” says Jeff Devlin, licensed contractor and host of DIY Network’s “Stone House Revival and “I Hate My Bath.” Heat and packed lint make the perfect recipe for fire. To defuse that combination:

  • Pull out the dryer connection — this is the tube or pipe that connects the dryer to the window vent.
  • Suck out all the lint from the pipe and pipe connection with a vacuum attachment.
  • Re-attach, making sure it’s not loose or bent.

You can also hire a pro to do it.

You Smell Something Musty

Your nose knows what’s normal in your home. “If you go into a room and it smells musty, there’s something going on,” says Frank Lesh, executive director of American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). When you smell that mildew-y smell, you know you’ve got a problem, he says. What kind of problem? Read on.

You Can See Mold or Mildew

Mold and mildew are the banners for moisture, your home’s No. 1 enemy. If you see them, you know moisture has broken through your home’s defenses and is bringing reinforcements. Find out where the water source is and eradicate it ASAP. Moisture is like cancer to a home. If you don’t catch it early, it will eat away at your home’s very structure, causing major damage to its foundation, walls, floors, and ceilings.

You Spot a Water Stain

You get it now. Water = bad. So even a faint water stain should light a fire under you. Zero in on the source before moisture can settle into your home’s bones. A water stain on the ceiling could signal a leak in your roof, or if it’s under a bathroom it could be a pipe that’s leaking. Stain under a window? Your window may need caulking.

Your Drain Is Really Slow (and It Gurgles)

Showering in water up to your ankles defeats the purpose. “A clean drain is a healthy drain,” says Devlin. If your drain makes odd noises and takes foreeeeeeever, you could be at risk of a sewer backup, which is not only a moisture issue, but one that ranks high on the stinky scale. If you’re lucky, it could be a simple clog, but either way it might be a good idea to put your plumber’s number in your cellphone’s favorites list.

You Hear Something That’s Alive

The pitter-patter of tiny rodent footsteps is enough to send shivers down your spine — and can quickly multiply into a mini stampede. One couple found out the hard way.

“We found that a squirrel had taken up residence in the attic and was chewing through electrical wires,” says David Bowers. By the time he and his partner, Sharon Bowers, (BTW, they co-authored “The Useful Book: 201 Life Skills They Used to Teach in Home Ec and Shop”) got around to calling a pro, an entire squirrel family (with more on the way!) had settled in to dine on those wires — a costly fix that was also a fire hazard.

If you hear unwanted visitors, evict them quickly, then block the entry they used. With squirrels, it might be an overgrown tree limb, which they use to jump onto your roof and then slip through a hole under roof flashing or rotting fascia, or an open window. For smaller pests, keep in mind they can come in through the tiniest of holes. (Mice can squeeze through a dime-sized opening.)

Your Gutters Create Waterfalls

You may love the smell and sound of rain, but when it’s cascading off your gutters in torrents instead of traveling neatly through them … well, remember those warnings about moisture? Cleaning the gutters is home maintenance 101 for good reason. “It can lead to exterior damage, as well as water damaging the foundations,” says Bowers. If you spot a gutter clog, clear it. You’ll be happier for it. It’s probably the best thing you can do to protect your home.

Originally posted with HouseLogic.

Prospect amazing place to live and visit!

This area was first known as Sand Hill in the late 18th century. This small town along the Ohio River was incorporated as city in 1974. Estimated population for 2014 was around 5,000. This small town has quite a bit to offer! 5 star hotels, 4 star restaurants, many parks and even a pond to go fishing!

Let’s do some Fun facts:

Prospect Kentucky is growing, community and employment wise.

  • The median age for Prospect is mid 3o’s to late 40’s.
  • Ranked #3 for Safest Cities for Families with young children.
  • Income taxes are 5.80 %.
  • Family median Income ism 147,000.

One of the major attractions for this small town is a place called Paint and sip. Your place to paint, sip and create! Located in Norton Commons, we offer a variety of arts and crafts classes…beyond just canvas! Gather your friends, pick a beautiful art project from our class calendar, add a drink or two from our bar, and you have the recipe for the perfect night out! (Excerpt from Paint and Sip) Rita Yussman a local award-winning artist for her work on Kentucky Derby posters teaches a class at a Paint and Sip shop, from the reviews it’s an excellent place to share with a loved one or some friends.

COWLEY PARK: A two-acre park with a traditional gazebo that can be reserved for family activities, Community celebrations such as 4th of July festivals and summer music fests. Prospect is also big on keeping families safe. They offer a program called “House Watch”, if you go out of town you can request to have police patrol your home. An extra piece of mind to any homeowner. Prospect has one of the highest ranked elementary schools in the area. The reviews rave of how dedicated and positive the staff are at the school. Goshen at Hillcrest Elementary is ranked with 10 stars!! There are several sub divisions in Prospect that have beautiful homes, several sub-divisions, to be exact 10 different neighborhoods. Part of Prospect Kentucky is Oldham County, which has great schools and tax benefits. The other half is Jefferson County, with social and political benefits.

  • Pros of living in Prospect Kentucky
  • The Cost of Living
  • Arts and Culture
  • Attractive historic district

Bert says: “It has a prosperous river town character with a distinct southern accent.”

After doing research on this small town, it seems to have some friendliness and good down home country feel. Great school systems and a good employment rate.

If you are looking for a small town with a big town feel, Prospect Kentucky is the place to be!! A good place for the kids to go to school, dad to go fishing and family fun!! Close to the Big City of Louisville with the small town feel. Prospect Kentucky may be just what you’re looking for to purchase your next home. Family living and prosperous. Let us show you some of the beautiful homes this little town has to offer! Give us a call to schedule a showing today!