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New Year, New Things To Do - January Home Maintenance Checklist



With winter breezes gently kissing Guam, we understand that home maintenance might seem overwhelming. Fret not! We're here to simplify it for your busy island life. Let's delve into the tasks tailored to our unique environment:

Holiday Cleanup:
  • Take down those festive lights and avoid tangles by neatly wrapping them around a hanger.

  • Self-clean the oven and wipe the interior with a vinegar-soaked cloth.

  • Dispose of your Christmas tree wisely – consider composting or using it for midwinter mulching.

Pro Tip: Explore a one-time cleaning service, typically costing around $200-$250. Ask your Realtor for reliable cleaning recommendations.

Protect the Pipes:
  • Prevent frozen pipes by insulating them with heat tape, controlled by a thermostat.

  • If you're jetting off for a winter break, turn off water to outdoor spigots, shut off water valves, and drain any remaining water.

Pro Tip: Thaw frozen pipes with a heating pad or hairdryer. In case of a burst pipe, shut off the main water valve and reach out to a plumber or water restoration company for cleanup.

Check for Storm Damage:
  • After winter storms, inspect your roof, siding, gutters, and yard for potential damage.

  • Use binoculars or invest in a drone to spot issues without climbing onto the roof.

Pro Tip: Swift repairs are key. A handyman can handle minor fixes, while roofing experts tackle more serious issues.

Remove Hidden Dirt:
  • Tackle those often-overlooked areas like range hoods, refrigerator coils, and HVAC vents.

  • Let your dishwasher handle metal parts, and toss dirty sponges and dishrags in for a quick clean.

Tighten Hardware:
  • Shine and tighten doorknobs, hinges, cabinet pulls, and knobs.

  • Level those cabinet doors for a quick facelift.

Pro Tip: Clean metal hardware with soapy water and shine with a microfiber cloth dipped in vinegar or lemon juice. For solid brass, try brass polish for a brilliant finish.

Deep Dive & Declutter:
  • Channel your inner Marie Kondo and declutter rooms, closets, and drawers.

  • Take it one step at a time – tackle one room or corner each day.

Think Green:
Combat January gloom by planning for spring. Grab seed catalogs and start planning your tropical gardens.

Pro Tip: Opt for raised-bed or container gardens for low-maintenance greenery. Create weed-free soil with vermiculite, peat moss, and compost.

There you have it! Your island-inspired guide to a well-maintained home. Happy New Year, Guam! 🌴
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