San Francisco Decorator Showcase – 2015 Design Trends on Steroids

The Decorator Showcase is a beloved design tradition in San Francisco and is widely considered to be the West Coast’s ultimate design show house. This year’s showcase—which opened to the public April 25 and runs through Memorial Day—takes place at the Julia Morgan-designed Elizabethan mansion at 3630 Jackson in Presidio Heights.

GRAND ENTRANCE – Note the bold, large size abstract art piece and mod light fixture

 

The event benefits the San Francisco University High School (UHS) Financial Aid Program. It features rooms decorated by 27 of the region’s top interior designers, generally in an empty mansion (usually one that is for sale, but not this year) and allows them to work their creative magic.

The showcase is the design world’s version of a High Fashion Show. The designers decorate their assigned rooms, for the most part with few restrictions, and they try to cram as much of their creativity in a small space as possible. The result is exuberant, outrageous, over the top or stunning, depending on your taste. And just as you probably would not wear Haute Couture you might not be inclined to duplicate the designs in your home.  But it is worth taking a look, be inspired and even entertained. Just think of it as an opportunity to view all the new design trends in one spot and borrow a few good ideas that may work for your home. Take a look and be inspired and even entertained.

Here are photos of the showcase with my notes about the current trends I have noticed in each design. If you are thinking of remodeling your home, you will be happy to be knowledgeable about these styles before you start your project or meet with your decorator. You can also visit my Pinterest boards for more inspiration on current design trends including Living with Color, Bold Art, Cool Light Fixtures, Wall Treatments (including Wall Paper), Dark Interiors and much more.

And remember, these rooms are just a platform for showcasing some of the best design talent on the West Coast, don’t take them too seriously and have fun discovering them.

FAMILY ROOM – Note the dark walls, ceiling painted in a different color and bursts of color from pillows

 

KITCHEN – White marble countertops and white cabinets mixed in with wood are still on trend, mixed in with a high gloss blue-grey ceiling

 

CONTEMPORARY LIVING ROOM – note the bold pop of color throughout the room and glass/Lucite coffee table

 

ECLECTIC BATHROOM – Note the light fixture, stand alone bathtub, strong pattern on the floor recalled on the wall with a black white art piece, and bold photograph

 

Photo Christopher Stark
 BATHROOM – note the wall paper, stand alone tub and patterned tiled floor

 

PENTROOM – note the Marsala color of the year on the walls and ceiling, light fixture harking back to the 70’s, and bold, oversize art on the side

 

GENTLEMAN’S PRIVATE LOUNGE – note the wall treatment, Lucite table, mod light fixtures

 

GENTLEMAN’S STUDY – note the dark bookcases, rug, charred wood black desk and bold black and white art. I LOVE this room.

 

EDGY DINING ROOM – note the graphic black and white walls; they were painted by street artist Ian Ross. Ross made the colorful art on either side from recycled aerosol paint cans.

 

 

I have gathered information for this post from these articles from Curbed, My Domaine and Houzz.

 

If you are thinking of selling your Marin County home and would like some advice about adopting any of these trends in your home, feel free to contact me at 415-505-4789 or Sylvie@YourPieceofMarin.com. Of course, I would be happy to answer any other real estate questions as well, especially inquiries about the value of your home and whether now is a good time to sell.
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White glove service - www.YourPieceofMarin.com by Sylvie ZolezziAbout the Author: The above Real Estate information on Marin County Real Estate was provided by Sylvie Zolezzi. I am an award winning Realtor specializing in luxury residential real estate in beautiful Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

I offer a wide range of innovative and comprehensive real estate solutions for buyers, sellers and investors, attracting clients who demand excellence—in marketing, negotiations, market knowledge—and a genuine concern for their needs. My association with Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty allows me to provide a high-end luxury experience to all my clients at every single price point. It also empowers me to leverage the unique combination of Sotheby’s global resources, Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty’s growing market share and local knowledge with my unmatched social media networks to provide highly personalized service and unmatched exposure to my clients’ properties locally and worldwide.

I would welcome the opportunity to show you how I consistently get outstanding Real Estate results for my clients. I can be reached via email at Sylvie@YourPieceOfMarin.com or by phone/text at 415.505.4789.

I sell homes in Sausalito, Tiburon, Belvedere, Mill Valley, Corte Madera, Larkspur,Greenbrae, Kentfield,Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Fairfax, and Novato, with a special focus on Central Marin.


Marin County Real Estate Market Update – 1st Quarter 2015

THE WORD IS INVENTORY

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In March the U.S. economy saw record growth and experienced the biggest boost in the past 25 years, with consumer confidence hitting an eight-year high. The unemployment rate is continuing to decrease and households are starting to enjoy higher income and wage increases. Lawrence Yun, National Association of Realtors chief economist, says demand appears to be strengthening as we head into the spring buying season. “Pending sales showed solid gains last month, driven by a steadily-improving labor market, mortgage rates hovering around 4 percent and the likelihood of more renters looking to hedge against increasing rents,” he said. “These factors bode well for the prospect of an uptick in sales in coming months.”

The difficulty for buyers is the lack of available homes for sale both nationally and locally here in the Bay Area, including in Marin County. I personally doubt we will see much of a surge in sales unless sellers get off the fence and we start seeing more homes coming on the market. Today’s inventory dilemma is a consistent problem throughout the US, and it seems to be self perpetuating.

Marin County is no exception and our low housing inventory continues to be the biggest challenge this spring. Click here to read about the ten reasons why our housing inventory remains stubbornly low in Marin County.

FIRST QUARTER 2015

The first quarter of 2015 got off to a slow start with fewer homes going in contract and being sold in January than in January 2014. For the full quarter, inventory was lower than last year with fewer new listings coming on the market, while demand remained high, and we ended up with almost identical numbers of pended and sold properties for the quarter as we did last year. Prices did not change much, but days on market got shorter.

As a point of reference, the highest number of For Sale properties was 1,504 in July 2010 (five times more than we have today) and the lowest median price for all property types in Marin was $542,000 in June 2011.

Marin County Real Estate Market Update - First Quarter 2014 vs. First Quarter 2015 - www.YourPieceofMarin.com by Sylvie Zolezzi

 MARCH MARKET SNAPSHOT

At the end of March there were only 373 single-family homes available for sale, compared to over 1,000 during the peak of 2007. The average sale price jumped $200,000 from last month to $1,511,981, in part due to some of the luxury home sales, which included the highest priced sale this quarter at nearly $9 million, listed by Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty. However, year over year, the average number of single family homes sold has declined 10%.

The Marin Real Estate market is cyclical and as we move forward into the summer, clients prioritizing the search for schools in Marin County will further increase demand. Sellers are advised to take advantage of the low inventory and increasing prices during the coming season.

Marin County Real Estate Market Update - Total Market Snapshot - March 2015 - www.YourPieceofMarin.com by Sylvie Zolezzi

 

HOMES IN CONTRACT

Novato and San Anselmo have claimed the top two spots for the highest percentage of homes in contract for March. Belvedere, Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Sausalito, Tiburon, and West Marin homes in contract increased month-over-month.

Marin County Real Estate Market Update - Percentage of Homes in contract - March 2015 - www.YourPieceofMarin.com by Sylvie Zolezzi

 

MARIN MARKET BY PRICE POINT

Sustainable, healthy growth continues to trend in the Marin market in each of the price ranges described in the chart below, with the exception of the $10m plus range. The $1-$2m range saw a substantial spike in sales to 60 for the month of March and the $2m-$3m range for the month saw an increase to 23.

Marin County Market by Price Point - March 2015 - www.YourPieceofMarin.com by Sylvie Zolezzi

 

NUMBER OF HOMES LISTED AND SOLD

The number of Single Family Homes sold in Marin climbed along with the inventory in March. New inventory that is priced in line with demand continues to attract good attention – in some cases garnering more than one offer.

Marin County Real Estate Market Update - Number of homes listed and sold in March 2015 - www.YourPieceofMarin.com by Sylvie Zolezzi

 

HOME SALES BY AREA

Sales volume stayed relatively stable month-over-month. Sales slightly rose across the board for all areas in Marin with San Rafael, Novato and Mill Valley occupying top slots.

Marin County Real Estate Market Update - Home Sales By Area in March 2015 - www.YourPieceofMarin.com by Sylvie Zolezzi

 

AVERAGE SALE PRICE

The Average List Price decreased slightly month-over-month as the average sold price increased. We may see a growth in demand for homes going into summer, with average listed prices increasing as inventory remains neutral or decreases.

Marin County Real Estate Market Update - Average Listed and Sold Price of Single Family Homes in March 2015 - www.YourPieceofMarin.com by Sylvie Zolezzi

Finally, are you a seller wondering how much your home is worth today and whether now is the right time to sell?  Are you a buyer desperately trying to find the home of your dreams? Or, do you know someone who might benefit from my expertise? If so, please feel free to contact me at 415-505-4789 or Sylvie@YourPieceofMarin.com.

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White glove service - www.YourPieceofMarin.com by Sylvie ZolezziAbout the Author: The above Marin County Real Estate Market update for 1st Quarter 2015 was provided by Sylvie Zolezzi. I am an award winning Realtor specializing in luxury residential real estate in beautiful Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

I offer a wide range of innovative and comprehensive real estate solutions for buyers, sellers and investors, attracting clients who demand excellence—in marketing, negotiations, market knowledge—and a genuine concern for their needs. My association with Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty allows me to provide a high-end luxury experience to all my clients at every single price point. It also empowers me to leverage the unique combination of Sotheby’s global resources, Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty’s growing market share and local knowledge with my unmatched social media networks to provide highly personalized service and unmatched exposure to my clients’ properties locally and worldwide.

I would welcome the opportunity to show you how I consistently get outstanding Real Estate results for my clients. I can be reached via email at Sylvie@YourPieceOfMarin.com or by phone/text at 415.505.4789.

I sell homes in Sausalito, Tiburon, Belvedere, Mill Valley, Corte Madera, Larkspur,Greenbrae, Kentfield,Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Fairfax, and Novato, with a special focus on Central Marin.

 

 

 


10 Reasons for Low Housing Inventory in Marin County

Ask any real estate agent how the market is and the likely answer you will receive is that there is not enough inventory of homes for sale. It is the case nationally, and also right here in Marin County.

The ingredients of a hot seller’s market are all  here: homes being snapped up for up to 20-30 percent over the asking price in the lower price ranges, all cash offers, multiple bids, and an abundance of very eager buyers. It is tempting for many sellers, and yet, a great number of them struggle with the decision, wondering where they will go next. The general advice has always been to sell before you buy, but nowadays it can be too scary for sellers. Many are not aware that there are ways to mitigate the risk such as negotiating a rent back from your home’s buyers or getting a bridge loan. A good Realtor can advise you as to the best strategy based on your particular circumstances and ensure that you have a viable plan for selling and buying from day one.

If you are ready to move up, but worried about entering our competitive, cut-throat buyers’ market, I would be happy to sit down with you and go over your options. I have helped sellers successfully sell and then buy, and buyers win in multiple offer situations even when their offer was not the highest priced.

While the quandary about where to go next is the one I hear most from sellers, there are also nine other reasons why we have so few homes on the market.

It was in the second half of 2011 that we began to see inventory levels decline both nationally and locally in Marin County, as clearly illustrated by the charts below.

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Marin County Housing Inventory - www.YourPieceofMarin.com by Sylvie Zolezzi

 

And things have not improved since then! Let me explain why.

Homeowners have historically moved on average every seven years, yet according to the National Association of Realtors, that time frame has increased to ten years in 2014. People typically move and buy and/or sell their home when they start a family, outgrow their home when they have more children, get a promotion and can afford a larger home, get a job out of the area, get divorced, become empty nesters, lose their spouse…So why are they staying put today? What is it that makes them postpone the sale of their home even when these trigger events occur?

As noted in a recent article published by Inman News, “there are numerous conditions that have contributed to this phenomenon and bundled together have created an inventory control dynamic that, as prices rise, only serves to limit the number of homes available for sale.” In other words, the problem is self perpetuating.

The Bay Area Booming Economy:

The growing and booming economies of San Francisco and Silicon Valley, a record-low unemployment rate and an ever-increasing influx of newcomers to the Bay Area have been stimulating demand for housing in Marin County and the Bay Area in general. Prices in San Francisco have skyrocketed in the past few years and, as a result, Marin has seen even more (first time) home buyers than usual flock to its shores in their search for more affordable housing. Of course, it is all relative when you consider that Marin prices are amongst the highest in the country.

Marin’s No Growth Policy:

In today ‘s high demand environment, the lack of housing inventory is exacerbated by Marin’s no growth policy. Marin has approximately 250,000 people living on 519 square miles, or 475 people per square mile. With eighty percent of Marin earmarked as preserved open space and its low or no growth policy, there is so little buildable land that people who want new construction often buy a fixer in a prime location, tear it down and build their brand new dream home on the lot. There is practically no new development here, and as a result our median home price is close to $1 million.

Fewer Distressed Properties:

During the recession, about 25 percent of the inventory of homes for sale in Marin County was short sales and foreclosures as homeowners with delinquent mortgages were forced to sell by their lender. Now this pipeline of distressed properties has dried up as fewer people are behind on their mortgage. The nationwide delinquency rate is actually the lowest it has been in eight years and has gone down to below five percent in March 2015. The delinquency rate is defined as the percentage of residential mortgage loans 30 days or more past due but not in foreclosure.

Delayed Maintenance:

I have met a number of sellers who had to postpone basic home repairs during the recession and are just catching up now with that delayed maintenance. These sellers are postponing the sale of their home until they feel their home is in saleable condition. Others are postponing the sale of their property until they have the budget to update their home to maximize its resale value, and they are just now starting to make those updates.

Waiting for values to continue climbing:  

Some homeowners believe that home values will continue to rise and have decided to wait. They are willing to bet that the increases will continue, allowing them to sell later at a higher price. Home values have risen 25 percent over the past three years in Marin and have almost gone back to the 2007 peak levels. Prices are continuing to increase as a result of the low inventory and competitive bidding. Some sellers want to regain more of their lost equity, or if they bought during the boom years for a high price, they just want to wait for their home values to continue increasing beyond what they paid for it before they sell. How long will prices continue increasing? Probably until demand continues to greatly outpace supply and buyers start pushing back.

For some sellers in the high end, let’s say in the $2 million to $3 million price range, there is some apprehension about tying up more of their net worth in a larger, more luxurious home after witnessing the decline in values during the recession.

Value disruption/reset in 08/09:

For those sellers who bought during the recession years at significant discounts (in Marin up to 20-30% discount,) there is no incentive to sell. A lot of these homeowners are remodeling and/or expanding their homes, but selling does not make sense for them. In addition, an unprecedented number of institutional investors purchased large numbers of properties, beating first time home buyers with their all cash offers, and are holding that inventory, earning good returns on their investments thanks to sky-rocketing rental prices.

Capital gains exclusion on primary residence:

The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 permanently exempts from taxation the capital gains on the sale of a personal residence of up to $500,000 for married couples filing jointly and $250,000 for singles. This exemption applies to residences the taxpayer(s) lived in for at least two years over the last five and can only be claimed every two years. Until now, the Act served its intended purpose of saving a lot of money to millions of homeowners. However, with the recent huge swings in property values–especially since 2000–, the capital gains on many homeowners’ existing homes exceed the $250K/$500K maximum, creating an unwanted tax burden and a strong deterrent to sell their home. Click here to see the increase in the Marin County Average Home Sale Price from 1965 to 2014.

The current law does not create the compelling motivation for individuals to continually move up into “bigger and better” higher-priced properties, especially in areas like Marin County. Move-up buyers who have owned their homes for a number of years are not willing to swallow that big tax pill in order to move up to a larger home to the tune of 23.8% federal and 13.3% state tax in California, or a total of 37.1% tax on the incremental gains! 

Stepped Up Basis

The general rule applied to inherited assets is that they are automatically revalued to their fair market value, or “stepped-up” basis at the time of death. This tax provision provides an incentive for taxpayers to retain appreciated property until death. For older couples who have owned their Marin County home together for an extended period of time, waiting for the other spouse to pass away before selling the property can be one way to avoid paying these large capital gains. For example, a Marin County couple owns a home they originally purchased for $600,000; their base year value in the home is $600,000 plus the two percent annual adjustment under Proposition 13 and any adjustment after a major remodel or expansion. On the day one of the spouses passes away, the fair market value of the property is $1,800,000 and the new “stepped-up basis” for the surviving spouse is $1,800,000.

It is very likely that a good percentage of longtime married homeowners in the higher-priced areas of the U.S., like Marin County, are aware of this dynamic and are choosing to stay put and wait, surprisingly to some, for one or the other to pass away before a move makes practical financial sense. Please check with your tax professional to determine your current tax situation.

Increased Property Tax Liability

Property taxes in Marin County are on average equal to 1.25% of the base year value, or assessed value (i.e. the price you paid for your home when you bought it, or the adjusted value after Proposition 13 and remodels/room additions adjustments) of your property, paid annually in two installments. What happens when you sell?  You pay property taxes on the base year value of your new property. or people who have owned their property for a long time, that could mean a walloping increase in their tax liability.

For homeowners over 55, Propositions 60 and 90 allow for a transfer of their base year value within the county or a few other states in California, respectively. The replacement property must be of equal or lesser “current market value” than the original property. This is however a one-time only benefit: once you have filed and received this tax relief, neither you nor your spouse who resides with you can ever file again, even upon your spouse’s death or if the two of you divorce. I have a couple of clients who are in this situation and for whom the increase in tax liability is an important factor in their decision to sell or not to sell.

Where would I go? Move up or down

We have a strong case of the chicken and the egg, as the aforementioned forces feed on each other and further reduce the move-up or down-size opportunities. Lower inventory begets lower inventory. As discussed earlier, many sellers in Marin County worry about not being able to find properties to move up to, and even more to down-size to, and decide not to sell their current homes.

Are you thinking of selling your home and wondering whether now is the right time? I would be happy to sit down with you to discuss your particular situation, provide you with an estimate of your home’s value today, and help you formulate a viable plan. Feel free to contact me at 415-505-4789 or Sylvie@YourPieceofMarin.com.

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White glove service - www.YourPieceofMarin.com by Sylvie ZolezziAbout the Author: The above article about 10 Reasons for Low Housing Inventory in Marin County was written by Sylvie Zolezzi. I am an award winning Realtor specializing in luxury residential real estate in beautiful Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge.

I offer a wide range of innovative and comprehensive real estate solutions for buyers, sellers and investors, attracting clients who demand excellence—in marketing, negotiations, market knowledge—and a genuine concern for their needs. My association with Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty allows me to provide a high-end luxury experience to all my clients at every single price point. It also empowers me to leverage the unique combination of Sotheby’s global resources, Decker Bullock Sotheby’s International Realty’s growing market share and local knowledge with my unmatched social media networks to provide highly personalized service and unmatched exposure to my clients’ properties locally and worldwide.

I would welcome the opportunity to show you how I consistently get outstanding Real Estate results for my clients. I can be reached via email at Sylvie@YourPieceOfMarin.com or by phone/text at 415.505.4789.

I sell homes in Sausalito, Tiburon, Belvedere, Mill Valley, Corte Madera, Larkspur,Greenbrae, KentfieldRoss, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Fairfax, and Novato, with a special focus on Central Marin.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Your Spring Cleaning and Home Maintenance Checklist

SPRING IS HERE! It is time to get outdoors, tend to your garden, but also to give your home a thorough cleaning and the maintenance it needs after going through winter. This ritual spring cleaning and home maintenance can be daunting, but it will be more manageable and enjoyable if broken down into small tasks you can check off on a list. I am giving you a list for both home maintenance and spring cleaning below. Click here for a printable copy of my SPRING CLEANING AND HOME MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST.

Remember, a well maintained home is healthier. If you are not thinking of selling in the near future, regular maintenance is the best way to protect the value of your home in the long term. If you are thinking of selling, your well maintained home will sell for a higher price than one with delayed maintenance issues that will be sure to come up during the buyer’s home inspection. A pre-sale home inspection is pretty much a given in home sales today. It has been my experience that the ten critical areas for inspection during the process are the structure, exterior, roofing system, plumbing system, electrical system, heating system, air conditioning system, interior, insulation and ventilation, and fireplaces.

Your Spring Cleaning and Home Maintenance Checklist
Spring in Tiburon, CA – www.YourPieceofMarin.com – Photo by Sylvie Zolezzi

So, go ahead, throw open the windows, let in some fresh air and get to work! Give your home all the TLC it needs. And if you are not doing the work yourself, share the lists with the person(s) you hire to do it to make sure everything gets done. If you need recommendations for cleaning professionals or any other professional in Marin County to assist you with your home maintenance projects, feel free to email me at Sylvie@YourPieceofMarin.com or call/text me at 415-505-4789. 

SPRING HOME MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

  • Inspect the exterior of your home. Is any paint chipping? Is any siding damaged from winter storms? Are there any holes in your stone/brick walls or paths? Take a close look all around your house, and make any repairs as needed.
  • Check the foundation for any cracks.
  • Get your air conditioning system ready for summer, if you have one: Change the filters and consider having it serviced. Here in Marin you may not have air conditioning if you live in the Southern part of the county where temperatures stay more moderate.
  • Inspect your heating units, you’ll want them in good working order on our occasional cool, foggy summer nights. Replace filters. Clean vents and make sure that no furniture or other debris are blocking vents. A professional inspection and maintenance can be a great way to keep your heating and cooling units in working order.
  • Repair/replace damaged window screens. Clean screens and repair or replace if needed; tighten or repair any loose or damaged frames and repaint if needed; replace broken, worn, or missing hardware; tighten and lubricate door hinges and closers.
  • Clear dead plants/shrubs from the house. This could double as a gardening tip, but if you didn’t trim trees or shrubs in the fall, do so now. If you have decorative vines clinging to the exterior of your home, pay close attention. They can cause damage and allow access to pests.
  • Get your lawn and garden tools sharpened.
  • Check trees for interference with electric lines. Have your trees professionally trimmed if necessary. PG&E does it generally at no cost.
  • Inspect roofing for missing, loose or damaged shingles and leaks and check flashing, eaves, and soffits etc. Repair as needed; you may need a professional.
  • Power wash, and/or refinish your deck; repair/replace any damaged boards.
  • Power wash sidings.
  • Have a professional inspect and pump your septic tank, if applicable.
  • Inspect exterior caulking: Inspect caulking and replace any that is deteriorating.
  • Windowsills, Doorsills, Thresholds: Fill cracks, caulk edges, repaint; replace if needed.
  • Gutters and Downspouts: Clean them out or install no-clean version. Inspect and repair weak areas; check for proper drainage and make repairs if needed.
  • Inspect caulking around sink, shower, and bath for deterioration and replace if needed. Reseal grout lines around tiles.
  • Clean lint and debris from around your dryer as well, and be sure to examine washer and dryer hoses for damage.
  • Vacuum lint from dryer vent. Doing so seasonally will prevent a fire.
  • Have your fireplace inspected and cleaned.

 

SPRING CLEANING CHECKLIST

FOYER

Your Spring Cleaning and Home Maintenance Checklist
Photo courtesy of Veranda
  1. Dust lighting fixtures
  2. Wash walls and trim
  3. Wash doors, knobs and switch plates
  4. Wash bench or other furnishings; launder bench cushion, if applicable
  5. Empty out coat closet; wash walls and floor, if needed; sort items as you return them to the closet; store out of season items, donate unneeded items
  6. Clean or replace entry mat
  7. Sweep and scrub floors
  8. Reseal grout lines, if necessary

 

BEDROOMS

Your Spring Cleaning and Home Maintenance Checklist

  1. Open windows
  2. Dust furniture
  3. For each drawer: remove items, wash drawer, place items back neatly; donate items you no longer need
  4.  Remove everything from closets; sweep and wash closet floor; put everything back neatly; donate items you no longer need; try not to store things on closet floor
  5. Move Bed; sort and put away anything that was under bed; sweep or vacuum under bed; try not to store things under bed
  6. Put bed back; freshen mattress by sprinkling with baking soda, letting sit briefly, and then vacuuming it up
  7. Launder bedding and curtains;  wash pillows and duvet in hot water; air out mattress pad, if you have one
  8. Dust lights;  clean lamp shades
  9. Wash windows and window sills; take out and wash window screens
  10. Wash switch plates; wash walls and trim as needed
  11. Wash mirrors or dust art
  12. Wash doors and doorknobs
  13. Wash floor registers and other vent covers
  14. Sweep and wash floor or vacuum

 

BATHROOMS

Your Spring Cleaning and Home Maintenance Checklist

  1. Open windows
  2. Empty all cabinets and vanity; wash inside, replace items neatly; discard expired medications and cosmetics
  3. Wash outside of cabinets and vanities
  4. Clean tub; clean drain
  5. Clean toilet, inside and out; remove seat and clean around seat bolts
  6. Clean sink and drain
  7. Shine faucets
  8. Clean mirror and frame
  9. Dust light fixtures
  10. Wash windows and window sills; take out and wash window screens
  11. Wash switch plates; wash walls and trim; wash doors and door knobs
  12. Wash floor registers and other vent covers
  13.  Sweep and wash floors
  14. Reseal grout lines if necessary

 

KITCHEN

Your Spring Cleaning and Home Maintenance Checklist

  1. Open windows
  2. Remove and clean window coverings; click here for instructions on cleaning mini blinds
  3. For each cabinet or drawer: remove items, wipe out drawer, place items back neatly; donate unneeded items
  4. Wash and sanitize cutting boards
  5. Sharpen knives
  6. Wash cabinet doors and knobs
  7. Clean and organize pantry;  check food expiry dates
  8. Clean oven
  9. Clean stove top; remove elements and drip bowls, if applicable, wash and put back
  10. Clean and organize fridge and freezer; defrost freezer, if necessary; check food expiry dates
  11. Clean under fridge and stove
  12. Vacuum refrigerator coils
  13. Clean microwave
  14. Clean crumbs out of toaster
  15. Clean and descale kettle
  16. Wipe down any other counter appliances
  17. Wash counters and back splash
  18. Wash and shine sink; shine faucet; clean drain
  19. Clean Dishwasher
  20. Dust light fixtures
  21. Wash windows and window sills; remove window screens and wash
  22. Wash switch plates
  23. Wash walls and trim as needed
  24. Wash doors and door knobs
  25. Wash floor registers and other vent covers
  26. Sweep and wash floor
  27. Reseal grout lines, if necessary

 

DINING ROOM

Your Spring Cleaning and Home Maintenance Checklist

  1. Open windows
  2. Wash curtains
  3. Wipe down table and chairs
  4. Wipe down or dust other furnishing
  5. Clean chair pads, if applicable
  6. Polish table, if necessary
  7. Create a pretty spring vignette on table!
  8. Dust any displayed china or serving dishes
  9. Launder table linens
  10. Shine silverware
  11. Dust art
  12. Wash windows and window sills; take out and wash window screens
  13. Wash switch plates
  14. Wash walls and trim
  15. Wash doors and door knobs
  16. Wash floor registers and other vent covers
  17. Clean floors

 

LIVING ROOM/ FAMILY ROOM/ PLAYROOM

Your Spring Cleaning and Home Maintenance Checklist

  1. Open windows
  2. Vacuum sofas
  3. Spot clean sofas, if applicable
  4. Launder throw pillows and blankets
  5. Dust shelves, furniture and decor
  6. Clean lamps and lampshades
  7. Wash windows and window sills
  8. Take out and wash window screens
  9. Clean television screen
  10. Carefully dust electronics
  11. Tidy electronics wires; tuck nicely out of sight; label them, if practical
  12. Sort through music and DVD collections; purge things that no longer suit your family’s interests; organize what is left in an attractive manner
  13. Sort books and magazines; donate or recycle ones that no longer suit your family’s interests
  14. Wash hard plastic children’s toys with warm soapy water; rinse and dry; launder stuffed toys; donate or store toys that your children have outgrown
  15. Wash switch plates
  16. Wash walls and trim as needed
  17. Wash doors and knobs
  18. Wash floor registers and other vent covers
  19. Clean floors

 

LAUNDRY ROOM

Your Spring Cleaning and Home Maintenance Checklist

  1. Open windows
  2. Wash windows and window sills
  3. Take out and wash window screens
  4. Wash cabinet doors
  5. Wash inside cabinets
  6. Wash laundry sink;  Shine faucets;  Clean drains
  7. Wash outside of washer and dryer
  8. Wash inside of washing machine
  9. Wash lint trap with soap and water to remove filmy build-up from laundry soaps and dryer sheets; let air dry completely before putting back in place
  10. Wash switch plates
  11. Wash walls and trim
  12. Wash doors and door knobs
  13. Wash floor registers and other vent covers
  14. Sweep and wash floors
  15. Reseal grout lines, if applicable

 

STAIRWELLS

  1. Spot clean walls
  2. Wipe down handrail
  3. Dust art and light fixtures

 

OUTSIDE

  1. Sweep porches and walkway
  2. Wash thresholds
  3. Wash exterior doors;  give front door a fresh coat of paint, if necessary
  4. Clean or replace welcome mat
  5. Wash siding

REMEMBER TO:

  • Clean blades of ceiling fans
  • Sort and clean any extra zones such as linen closets, utility closets and office spaces

My cleaning list was adapted from the spring cleaning list from ImperfectHomeMaking.com. I thought Martha Stewart’s checklist was quite good as well.

Happy Cleaning!

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