Spring is in the air — and your home is in need of some proper post-winter attention.
Out with the coats and boots, and in with the fresh air. From house cleaning to storage solutions and services to update your home's look and feel, here's a rundown of the apps and companies you'll want to check out as spring rolls around and you're ready to bring back the "new year, new you" feeling that comes with the emergence of the sun.
Book a professional cleaning service to scrub away winter.
Cleaning apps like Handy will give you a discounted rate on your first multi-hour cleaning, which you can easily schedule via your phone. Check out sites like LivingSocial and Groupon for further deals on local cleaning services.
Because sometimes, having a professional scrub the sink is exactly the kickstart you need to get yourself in high-cleaning gear.
Get rid of all those bulky winter coats and boots with MakeSpace.
Short-term storage solutions like MakeSpace make it easy to clear out your closets of bulky, unseasonal items. Snow boots and ski parkas? Out the door. Heavy sweaters, mittens, and scarves? No need when the sun is shining.
MakeSpace drops off the pre-made boxes or containers you need straight to your door, then gives you 20 minutes to pack up before whisking them away to their storage facilities. They'll send you a snap of your boxes when they're in place, to confirm everything's found a (temporary) home. You can schedule deliveries via their app when you're ready to get your stuff back.
Prep for warm weather with an AC installation service.
Installing an air conditioner correctly can be extremely tricky — and dangerous if done improperly. But in hot, humid cities like New York, there's no way to survive the sticky summer without them.
Take advantage of handymen-for-hire sites like TaskRabbit or Handy to book a professional who can make sure your AC is set up appropriately — and isn't in danger of falling onto unsuspecting passersby on the sidewalk below. You'll thank them all summer long.