When it comes to the best time of year to wash a home’s windows in the Upper Midwest, there seem to be (at least) two schools of thought:

School #1: Spring-Summer is best (the most popular view).

That’s because that’s when there is the most daylight ” over 15 1/2 hours locally on June 21 ” and sparkling clean windows are most noticeable.

Which of course leads to the exact opposite argument . . .

School #2: late Fall/Winter is best.

The rationale?

You’ll appreciate clean windows the most precisely when natural light is in scarcest supply (personally, I’m in that camp).

Which leaves alternative #3, also popular with ever-pragmatic Minnesotans: clean your home’s windows . . . when they’re dirty. 🙂

P.S.: the Kaplan household strategy?

I pay a professional to do the upper level, outside windows.

Then, I conscript able-bodied family members to do the rest.

See also, “The Easiest Way to Lighten a Home in Minnesota (at least 6 months a year, anyway)“; “Winter Humor: Minnesota vs. Miami (& Elsewhere)“; “Daylight Savings Trick“; and “$1,000 for Windows. CLEANING Windows”; and “Window Washing . . in Winter!

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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