1. Check your household contents insurance and create an inventory overview
  2. Inspect the entire house for mould
  3. Check if your windows are tight
  4. Check your heating system
  5. Clean and unclog the drain pipes
  6. Clean the washing machine and dishwasher
  7. Declutter the pantry and your medicine cabinet
  8. Check the house façade
  9. Inspect plants for pests and diseases
  10. Inspect outdoor furniture for damage and mould

The current situation means that many of us are now spending more time at home. Many employees are doing their work at home. But also pupils and children are not in class for the time being and spend their time at home. Make the best of the situation and do things around your house that you would otherwise never have time for. Our checklist will help you spruce up your house and tackle tasks that we all usually like to put off.


1. Check your household contents insurance and create an inventory overview

Household contents insurance offers protection for your inventory. This includes furnishings, utensils and consumer goods in your private household. If the value of your inventory has increased, you should consider adjusting your insurance cover accordingly. To do this, it helps to draw up an inventory list and adjust it on an ongoing basis. This way you can easily keep track of the value of your household goods.

Check Household Insurance

2. Inspect the entire house for mould

Who hasn't experienced it: Despite all efforts to avoid humidity and to always dry wet walls as much as possible, they suddenly appear: the little black dots - mould. Mould can also appear on walls outside the bathroom. However, the unwanted mould can easily be removed by yourself if it is not yet very pronounced. So that you can counteract the culprit in time, now is a good opportunity to check your entire house for mould.

Check Bathroom for Mould


3. Check if your windows are tight

If your windows are not tight, this affects the desired temperature in your house. Heat escapes from the house and also an unpleasant draught can occur. Therefore, check your windows. With a little skill, the seal on the window can easily be replaced by yourself.

Check Window Seal


4. Check your heating system

Have you already thought about a new heating system? Do you know how much you can save with a new heating system and which alternatives are possible for you? Now is a good time to check your heating system, switch it to summer mode and find out about possible alternatives. By the way, you can easily calculate your savings potential online with our Houzy heating calculator.

Check Heating


5. Clean and unclog the drain pipes

Does the water in the bathroom not drain properly or does the water back up in the kitchen sink? Then it's time to clean and unclog the drain pipes. With natural cleaning agents such as baking soda and vinegar essence, you can clear light blockages caused by deposits such as grease and limescale. For stubborn blockages, for example caused by hair, a suction cup or a pipe spiral will quickly provide relief.

Cleaning and Unclogging Drain Pipes


6. Clean the washing machine and dishwasher

The washing machine and dishwasher also need cleaning from time to time. To give the dishwasher a good clean, rinse out the sieve of the dishwasher and run the machine through once with or without dishes at a hot temperature. For very thorough cleaning, use a dishwasher detergent. You can remove limescale from the washing machine with citric acid. Put the powder directly into the drum and rinse at max. 40 degrees. For stubborn dirt or sludge deposits, it is best to use a special detergent. Old soap residue in the detergent drawer can be removed with a little lemon juice to prevent unpleasant odours. And while you're at it: You can also remove the fluff from the door seal rubber.

Cleaning the Dishwasher

7. Declutter the pantry and your medicine cabinet

Food and medicine can quickly pile up at home, some of which is then forgotten at the back of the cupboard. Is all the food you have at home really still edible? And what about your pharmacy cupboard? Use the time to clear out your cupboards, shelves and "junk drawers". Start where you have wanted to tidy up for a long time and discover - according to Marie Kondo's credo - the joy of decluttering.

Clear Out and Tidy Up the Pantry

8. Check the house façade

Damages to the façade can occur in sub-zero temperatures. Despite this year's mild winter, it is important to check the façade thoroughly for damage. If you discover cracks, you can fill them with exterior putty, smooth them out and colour them with façade paint after they have dried. By the way: If you have not checked your roof before winter, also check the roof tiles and clean the rain gutter if necessary.

Checking for Cracks in the House Façade

9. Inspect plants for pests and diseases

Despite a species-appropriate location and regular care, it can happen that diseases spread or pests appear in the garden and on the houseplants.

When you check your plants, look not only for feeding holes from pests but also for the colour of the plant leaves. White spots or pallor, yellowing or grey coating can be signs of a disease. If you recognise the pest infestation or the disease in time, the problem can often be remedied with simple means. You should use plant protection products as sparingly as possible.

Checking for Diseases and Pests in Plants

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Good to know

In early summer, our new Plant Guide tool will be online to help you identify and properly care for plants.



10. Inspect outdoor furniture for damage and mould

Wind and weather also take their toll on your garden furniture. If not placed behind protective ceilings and walls in time, the outdoor furniture can quickly become damaged. Water and humidity attack the surfaces and in the worst case lead to rust or mould. Therefore, check your garden furniture now, so you have enough time for a possible new purchase - spring is already around the corner.

Examining Outdoor Furniture

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