Favorite Post-Thanksgiving Chores

No, this isn’t a post about needed Wall Street reform.

Search “Goldman Sachs” in the upper right corner of this page if you want my thoughts on that subject.

This post is literally about washing windows.

In Minnesota.

In winter (yes, it’s already arrived in this part of the country).

Odd Timing?

With (very) short days this time of year, it may seem an odd time to go around your home washing the windows (or pay someone else to).

And it does complicate matters when the temperature gets close to (or below) freezing.

However, precisely because sunlight this time of year is in such scarce supply, I find that I appreciate it more.

And therefore find myself irked more by anything that blocks or otherwise diminishes it.

The Dumpster Factor; Fringe Benefits

Especially after a Summer’s worth of neighborhood remodeling projects, dumpsters coming and going, etc., you may be surprised to find — as I was — how much grime has built up on your windows.

Too, getting up close to your windows is a chance to check their condition, closing mechanisms, etc.

So, I now know about three windows that will need re-glazing next Spring, and found two windows that were slightly ajar.

A month from now, when the thermometer really plunges, those unsealed windows would have wasted a lot of energy — and dough.

P.S.:  Want to avoid streaks (and missed spots)?

Here’s a tip:  wipe vertically on the outside, horizontally on the inside (or vice versa).

That way, it will be easy to see what you missed.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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