Posted by Marie Presti on 5/27/2018

All house buyers have different pet peeves when it comes to evaluating homes, but there are a lot of easy fixes you can do to reduce the chances of losing a sale. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Squeaky doors: Lubricating squeaky hinges is one of the easiest things you can do to improve your chances of making a positive impression on prospective home buyers. A seemingly small thing like squeaky door hinges can make your house seem old, poorly maintained, and in disrepair. A squeaky door hinge is probably not going to make or break the sale of your house, but in combination with other little flaws that prospects might notice, it could have a major impact.

Weeds cropping up: Another clear signal to prospects that your property hasn't been properly maintained -- at least in their minds -- is the existence of weeds. Other than an overgrown lawn, nothing detracts from curb appeal more than weeds coming up everywhere, especially in driveway cracks, walkways, and front steps. If your home is on the market or you're considering selling it in the near future, getting rid of noticeable weeds will help improve your property's curb appeal and make a better impression on prospective buyers. If you hate the idea of handling or applying commercial weed killers, non-toxic household items like vinegar or salt have been known to nip the weed problem in the bud. Whether you use store-bought herbicides or natural remedies, make sure you don't damage any nearby plants that you want to protect. In some cases, manually pulling out weeds and carefully digging out the roots is the most risk-free approach, although it's also the most labor intensive!

Dust and cobwebs: No matter how thorough you think you've been in cleaning your house, you're probably going to miss a few spots that prospective buyers will notice. In small amounts, a little dust is not going to make or break your sale, but like squeaky door hinges, small problems add up! Areas that homeowners and house cleaners often overlook include baseboards, ceiling fans, and corners of ceilings.

Unpleasant odors: If your house smells like pets, mold, or mothballs, that sometimes can be a deal breaker. Bad odors are a major sensory turnoff that could easily sour people on the idea of making an offer on your house. Musty odors are often indicative of a larger problem, such as a damp basement, leaky pipes, water damage, or mold infestation. Eliminating odors prior to having your house shown can be as simple as doing a thorough cleaning, or as complex and expensive as hiring a mold remediation service.

The good news about preparing your home for sale is that a seasoned real estate agent can provide you with the advice, guidance, and help you need to maximize your chances for attracting offers and selling your property for its full market value.





Posted by Marie Presti on 10/23/2016

As a home seller, you're almost ready to list your home on the real estate market. For instance, you've committed a lot of time and money to complete extensive home repairs, conducted massive amounts of cleaning and even started working with a professional real estate agent. But even after all of your efforts, you still need to complete several last minute tasks to ensure your house is ready for prospective homebuyers to check it out. So what does it take to guarantee your house is ready for a home showing? Here are three last minute tips for home sellers to get a residence prepared for an upcoming showing: 1. Focus on the Flow of Traffic. Is it easy for homebuyers to get around your house? If large, bulky furniture and clutter fill your residence's walking paths, it may be difficult for homebuyers to walk around comfortably. Therefore, you'll want to spend some time investigating the traffic flow in each room of your home and ensure that homebuyers can explore your entire residence quickly and effortlessly. In the hours leading up to a home showing, you can improve the flow of traffic in any room simply by rearranging furniture as needed. Remember, you'll want to give homebuyers plenty of space, and moving furniture to ensure homebuyers can move around with ease is critical. You also can rely on your real estate professional for support in this area, as he or she will be able to provide you with last minute guidance to empower you to maximize the flow of traffic in every room. 2. Hide Your Personal Items. You know the photographs, trophies and other personal belongings that fill various rooms in your home? In order to provide a great first impression of your house, you may want to consider hiding these items before your home showing. The goal of a home showing is to give homebuyers a glimpse into what life would be like if they choose to purchase your residence. And if you keep your personal belongings out of sight, you can empower homebuyers to realize your home's potential and improve your chances of making a distinct first impression on homebuyers, too. Take a few minutes to place personal items in a desk drawer, a box in your attic or basement or other areas where these pieces will be out of sight during a home showing. By doing so, you can help your house create a unique impression, one that may make your home more attractive to prospective homebuyers. 3. Keep Your Home Clean. Ensure you make your bed, clean up your kitchen after breakfast and perform other last minute cleaning tasks to guarantee your home looks pristine. Ideally, any last minute cleaning tasks should only take a few minutes to perform. But ultimately, these efforts can make a world of difference in the eyes of prospective homebuyers. Guarantee your home is ready for an upcoming home showing – utilize the aforementioned tips, and you'll be able to accentuate the positives of your home to homebuyers at any time.





Posted by Marie Presti on 5/8/2016

Let’s face it, the daily traffic that the average carpet in your home endures is unbelievable. Owning a home is work, you must dust, vacuum, wash, launder and start all over again in a few days to keep up with living in your home. Is it just you living there or do you have a family or a dog? Do you have a welcome mat to stop the carpet traffic. If not, you should. Do you have a shoe off policy upon entering your home? Either way, follow this simple trick and you will be on your way to a cleaner smelling home in moments. One easy step to keeping up with the basic cleaning is vacuuming the carpets and removing any potential odor. Sometimes, the vacuum can’t remove such odors, you may need to go one step further to rid your home of that lingering odor. You need baking soda. Baking soda is one of those things that is over looked and thankfully under priced. Once the carpet has been vacuumed, spread a thin layer of baking soda on the carpet and let stand for 10 minutes. Vacuum again. This should make a big difference in the lingering odors in your home. Baking soda is a simple yet beneficial cleaning tip.




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Posted by Marie Presti on 4/3/2016

.Rubbing alcohol is a solvent and is found in the first aid section of the local pharmacy. The definition of solvent is able to dissolve other substances. With this being said, rubbing alcohol seems like a fantastic ingredient for a household disinfectant. This solvent has quite a hard smell so be sure the area you are working in is well ventilated. This product is also an extremely flammable liquid and should not be used to clean a hot space, such as your oven or interior of the hot clothing dryer. Basic disinfectant can be made using one part water to one part rubbing alcohol. Put this in a spray bottle and get cleaning. Be sure to get spray doorknobs and light switches as well as sinks and faucets. You will notice the clean shine once you use this mixture. If you are going to disinfect your keyboard or mouse, do not use one part water, use straight alcohol. This will dry so quickly that there is not worry of water damage to your electronic components. Another fantastic use for running alcohol is cleaning your sponge in the kitchen. Soak the sponge in rubbing alcohol for 10 minutes and rinse clean. There are a few other household tricks that rubbing alcohol can tackle. If you have fingerprints or streaks of any kind on your stainless steel, wipe it clean with rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball or soft cloth. If you have hairspray on your sink, counter top or floor in the bathroom, grab another cotton ball and wipe it clean. If you find a stain on your microfiber furniture, spray, wait 10 minutes and wipe clean with a white cloth, in order to avoid color transformation onto the furniture. You will be so impressed with the quick, painless effort of this solvent





Posted by Marie Presti on 3/27/2016

Using hydrogen peroxide as a household cleaner is easy and effective. The most common hydrogen peroxide is the 3% solution found at your local pharmacy. You will need two opaque spray bottles, as light exposure dulls its effectiveness. Hence this product comes in a brown bottle. One bottle should be filled with hydrogen peroxide, one with vinegar. Keeping these items separate is essential to your cleaning strategy. Spray your counter top or cutting board with the peroxide first, then spray the vinegar, this will create a chemical reaction that will clean before your eyes. Mixing them together in a spray bottle warrants the solution useless once the reaction has taken place and the reaction is the sanitizer. This 2 part cleaner is great for toilets, floors, sinks, tiles and toys, just to name a few. You can also use just the hydrogen peroxide spray, this alone is a reliable cleaner. Instead of mixing with vinegar, use the spray bottle in your bathroom as a cleaner for the sink, toilets and faucets. If you were not aware, hydrogen peroxide is non-toxic and can be used in your refrigerator or dishwasher and anywhere else you may store food. You can clean lunch boxes, water bottles and coolers and not have to worry about the effect this “cleaner” will have on the food you put in these clean places. Spray and wait 10 minutes, then wipe clean and watch it sparkle. A non-toxic cleaner is so much better than most products on the shelf these days. As a non-toxic, this can be used as personal hygiene product as well. Use 3% hydrogen peroxide as a mouth wash and teeth whitener. You will see whitening results in no time and notice that there is a bit more money in your wallet, hydrogen peroxide costs less than a first full of ones.