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Posted by John Boey on 4/14/2019

One of the biggest challenges of putting your house on the market is keeping it clean, organized, and ready for the next showing!

This is no easy task, especially if you have pets, messy kids, and/or a hectic schedule. If you're like most people, you're probably contending with all three conditions!

Although it's human nature to get immersed in our own view of the world, it's helpful to try and see things through the eyes of prospective home buyers. When buyers walk into your house for the first time, they're not going to immediately know about all the improvements you've made to your property or the many ways your home has served your family's needs for all these years. They're not aware of the "big picture" and may never be. They only know what they see, hear, and smell during their brief visit to your home.

Anything which makes a negative impression can sour them on the idea of buying your house. It's a delicate balance and it doesn't take that much to tip the scales in either direction. That's why it's so important for sellers to get into a routine of keeping their house clean, orderly, and well maintained.

It's amazing what a difference 24-hours (or less) can make on the appearance and cleanliness of your home. Rest assured, if you've said or thought the words, "But I just cleaned it, yesterday!" -- you're not alone! Cleaning your house when it's on the market is a lot like shaving: It doesn't take too long for that "five o'clock shadow" to start creeping in!

Reminding everyone in your family to clean up after themselves is the first step to being ready, but it also pays to have a checklist to refer to when preparing for a real estate showing. If you don't use a task list, chances are you'll forget something important -- like wiping off the kitchen counter, sanitizing the toilets, putting away dirty dishes, or cleaning the bathroom sink. Floors almost always require a quick sweeping, mopping, or vacuuming, and waste baskets need to be emptied. Crumpled towels, bath mats, and bedspreads may also be in desperate need of straightening and smoothing out! If you own pets that tend to have "accidents" or kids who haven't quite mastered the art of cleaning up after themselves, you might also want to allow a few extra minutes in your routine to take care of the "unexpected."

While it's true that you want your house to have a "lived in" appearance, it's all-too-easy to cross that thin line into a whole different category! No reasonable house hunter will expect your home to be spotless and perfect in every way, but if it looks messy, disheveled, or neglected, then that could be a potential deal breaker!





Posted by John Boey on 2/10/2019

People tend to procrastinate when it comes to cleaning the house. Well, that shouldn't be much of a shocker as cleaning a messy house is never a pleasant job. So, you keep procrastinating until you have some guests coming over or can't deal with the feeling of living in a dirty house anymore. Frustrating, right?

If you are one of the millions out there who fall under these categories, then you are at the right place (or page) as compiled here are a couple of easy tips to back the sparkle in your home in an hour or less. Doubt it? Then, stick around as to discover how the trick works.

Pre-cleaning Tips

Step One: Get the Juice Flowing with High-Tempo Music

Cleaning your house doesn't have to be a tiresome, daunting task that you must check off your to-do list. Make it fun, easy, and fast with tempo music. Background music aims to keep you active and happy through the task. So, you can choose any music mix you love and get the volume up.

Step Two: Draft a Plan and Stick with it

Have you ever wondered why it is easier to clean someone else's house than your own? It is because you have no attachment or distraction in the house. No photo albums or old magazines are screaming for attention. Try employing the same level of focus while cleaning your home. Ditch the photo albums or magazines or quickly tuck them away first. Draft an hour plan and stick with it. No breaks or timeouts or cellphone checks. Put in all your focus, and you will finish in an hour or less.

Step 3: Always Start at the top

Our first big tip is to start from the top, irrespective of the room or activity with which you begin. Cleaning from the top ensures that dirt and dust from higher surfaces fall on Ďuncleaned' lower surfaces. This order helps eliminate the time you would spend re-cleaning lower surfaces.

Step 4: Learn to De-clutter

Whether it is the living room, kitchen, or any other part of the house, always learn to organize the area before cleaning. This way you will have things off the floor and where they are supposed to be.

Step 5: Spray and Allow to Sit

An easy way to get the dirt off your tub or counters or wall is to sprinkle cleansers on them and allow it to sit for some minutes before scrubbing. The trick is that the cleansers, like detergents, help break the bonds (especially in greasy stains), making it easy to wash off. You could use the time between spraying and scrubbing to clean other areas of the house.

Step 6: Save the Floors for the Last

This point helps emphasize the importance of Step 1. Endeavor to start all cleaning activities from the top and save the floors for the last cleaning step. Organizing helps prevent spending extra time re-cleaning the floors.

Cleaning the house does not have to be a tedious and daunting exercise to check off your to-do list. Follow the steps mentioned above religiously, and you will find cleaning to be a fast and easy exercise that isn't worth procrastinating. Get your home sparkling in an hour or less!

Keep these tips in mind when your real estate agent calls for that last minute showing.




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Posted by John Boey on 6/17/2018

After a move, everything feels fresh and energizing. This is, of course, in part because of the energy that comes with a big change. But it also comes from having a neatly, organized home. In the jumble of packing and unpacking, junk gets tossed and items get new homes. Everything gets a new dedicated area where it belongs. Everything is tidy, as it should be.

So how then can you maintain this wonderful feeling and continue to keep things neat and tidy?

First, you need to make a daily habit of doing a quick clean sweep every day. Whether you do it in the morning, afternoon or before bed isnít important. What is important is that you do it every day.

Go through the house to make to corral up stray dishes, put items back into their dedicated places, and give homes to those who donít have one yet.

And if you canít think of somewhere to put it? Question its purpose and consider either donating or tossing it.

Aim to keep your surfaces clear of items. Allowing things to accumulate is one of the fastest for clutter to quickly take over. Stop it in its track by tidying up when youíre done using this ďstationĒ of your home.

Practice not being ďlazyĒ. If you bring your tea to sip on the couch when you leave the room take your mug with you straight to the dishwasher. If you finished the last of the chips put the clip away where it belongs instead of leaving it out on the counter. Put pens back away after using them to jot out notes. Recycle magazines when you're done reading them.

If you find things are building up as clutter quickly you might have too much stuff. Which is okay, it happens!

Decluttering isnít a one and done process. We need to consistently be assessing the things that collect in our homes and what benefit they are adding to your life. Sometimes we once used all the time have fallen out of favor or need to be repaired/replaced.

Make time once a month for a quick declutter session and once a season for a more detailed one.

And the best way to avoid clutter is to closely monitor what youíre allowing to come into your home in the first place. If you find you love to take things home just because they were free or on sale, itís important to take a step back and ask yourself why.

After all, the less stuff we have in our homes the less there is to manage. Which means more time spent doing what you enjoy doing, like spending time with your family, and less time organizing it all.

 





Posted by John Boey on 4/23/2017

As a home seller, you recognize that your house is one of many that is available to prospective homebuyers. However, unlike most home sellers, you're willing to go the extra mile to ensure that your residence represents an attractive choice to homebuyers. Although you may commit significant time and resources to get your house ready for a home showing, there are several factors to consider as you prep your residence. Some of the most common factors to consider include: 1. Appearance Of course, your home's interior and exterior should look pristine so they can help your home make a great first impression on homebuyers. Furthermore, you should clean and declutter your house as much as possible before a home showing. This will allow you to highlight how your house represents a spacious, immaculate oasis that a homeowner can enjoy for years to come. Don't forget to hide personal items like photographs before you show your home, too. Ideally, you'll want homebuyers to envision what it's like to live in your house as they walk through it. And by removing personal items, you'll make it easier for homebuyers to imagine a wonderful future in which they buy your home. 2. Smells Strong smells may linger, and ultimately, impact a homebuyer's impression of your residence. Thus, you'll want to pay close attention to any smells that may turn homebuyers off. Focus on using air fresheners and candles that deliver warm, inviting aromas throughout your house. Whether it's lighting a candle that fills your home with a rich natural scent or spraying an air freshener that brings an unparalleled citrus aroma to your residence, you can use odor eliminators to disguise unpleasant smells quickly and effortlessly. You also should consider smells that may develop on the day of a home showing. For instance, cooking bacon on your kitchen stove may be part of your morning routine but can leave a lingering smell. Conversely, home sellers who try to maintain pleasant aromas throughout their houses day after day should be able to minimize repugnant smells immediately. 3. Lighting Illuminate your residence's interior and exterior as best you can, and you'll likely find that homebuyers may be more attracted to your house over others that are available. From dazzling pendant lights in the kitchen to recessed lighting in the hallways, you can make a bold statement with the right types of lighting throughout your home. Also, you should open the windows prior to a home showing to let sunlight fill your residence. By doing so, you can use natural light to illuminate your house and allow fresh air to filter through your home simultaneously. For home sellers, it is essential to devote time and resources to prep your house for an upcoming showing. And if you need extra support along the way, working with an experienced real estate agent ensures that you can receive expert assistance as you add your home to the real estate market. Consider the aforementioned factors as you get your house ready for a home showing, and you should have no trouble generating interest in your house.





Posted by John Boey on 4/2/2017

Itís almost time to welcome in the spring season. With spring comes a yearly tradition: Spring cleaning! Where do you even start to get the dust, dirt, and clutter out of your home after a long winter? We have a few tips for you regarding all of the areas that you need to address. 


Baseboards, Door Frames, and Walls


These areas of your home are often overlooked, but can accumulate quite a bit of dust and dirt. All you need to do is wash the areas down with soap and water and let them dry thoroughly.  


Wash Your Windows


This sounds like itís the least fun of any kind of cleaning project, but it must be done! However you decide to wash your windows, make sure that you pick a cloudy day for it. If itís a sunny day, you could end up streaking the windows quite harshly because the windows will dry too fast.


Deep Clean The Carpets


Although this project may be done only once a year, itís an important cleaning task to help with springtime allergens. You can have your rugs professionally cleaned. Another option is to rent a deep cleaner for the carpet and do-it-yourself. This can be an all day project, since the carpets need time to dry. If you see any stains in the carpets, be sure to pre-treat them before you start the carpet cleaning process. 


Give Your Furniture A Once-Over


Spring is a great time to vacuum up your furniture and refresh the upholstery. Clean the wood portions of your furniture as well with a polish. Be sure that you clean under the furniture, under the cushions, and all around the furniture as well. Your vacuum hose will come in handy for these tasks.


Clean Behind The Refrigerator


Take the time to move your refrigerator, dust behind it, and really clean all around it. So much dust and dirt can collect around the fridge that it will shock you. 


Dust The Light Fixtures


Your light fixtures can often go ignored. The glass around the bulbs can collect quite a bit of dust and dirt. Take the lighting fixtures apart and wipe everything down with a cloth. Use a mild cleaner for dust and dirt that has really built up over time.


Power Wash The Outside Of Your House


The spring is a great time to power wash the outside of your home. The exterior of the home will appear like new as you get rid of any dust, dirt, and debris that may have built up on the shingles or stone facing over the course of the fall and winter.   

 


Spring cleaning wonít be such a tedious task as long as you take the time to plan what your priorities are in the house.




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