1. If you get the chance, go down to your local carpet retailer and ask if they have any discarded remnants or cutoffs. If they do, place these in the high traffic areas of your home. The main places are the hallway and just in front of the front door, at the top and bottom of the stairs and the pathway between the kitchen and adjacent room.
This will ensure that the wear rate is cut down to a minimum and won’t look so bad when it comes time to do a checkout of the property.
2. Vacuum your carpets once a week. This may seem trivial, but by vacuuming your carpets once a week removes hair, dust and dirt that is normally ground into your carpet. The slight wear mark you get just in front of seated areas and traffic paths will be reduced.
3. If you spill something, make sure you mob it up with a paper towel and water (try not to use household chemicals like 1001). This is because household cleaners can sometimes spread a stain and make the cleaning of it by professionals later on a lot harder.
4. You may not want your windows cleaning every month, but try to clean them or have them cleaned at least once every 6 months. This will ensure the windows, frames and sills are maintained and looked after (it also won’t break the bank). You may have to pay a little extra if you’re going to get this done by a window cleaner. But, it’ll be worth it in the long run.
5. Place a piece of foil at the bottom of your oven so it catches the little drops of cheese from a pizza or splashes from a roast. It’s easy to replace and throw away and cuts down on excessive cleaning each time.