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Posted by RE/MAX Preferred Properties on 12/24/2017

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 RE/MAX Preferred Properties on 7/30/2017

Essential oils are catching on as a natural way to spruce up your home. However, many people are unaware of the full array of uses for essential oils in the household.

In this article, weíll cover some of those uses that you may not have heard of, and give you some tips on which essential oils are the best to use.

What are essential oils?

Essential oils are the result of distilling large amounts of herbs, spices, or other plant-based materials. There are dozens of essential oils commercially available and they all emit strong aromas that can be used in multiple ways.

When buying oils, itís important to check the labels to make sure you are buying 100% pure essential oils. Many companies dilute their oils in a carrier oil such as olive oil, coconut oil, or almond oil. While this isnít inherently bad, it does probably mean youíre getting less for your dollar due to being diluted.

Aside from smelling nice, essential oils are often used for aromatherapy and other medicinal uses. However, be aware that they are not intended as a treatment for any medical condition.

Similarly, some oils might cause an allergic reaction in some individuals. So, be careful when spraying them in the air or using them on your skin if you think you might be allergic to a certain oil.

Which oils are best for use around the home?

There are dozens or even hundreds of essential oils that have various scents and uses. However, some are more pleasant and suitable for the home than others.

The main essentials that serve a number of uses around the home are:

  • Lavender

  • Lemon

  • Tea Tree

  • Peppermint

  • Pine

  • Lemongrass

  • Patchouli

  • Bergamot

  • Eucalyptus

  • Tangerine

There are various kits available online that include some or all of the oils listed above, or you can buy them individually from retailers.

Household uses for essential oils

There are many uses for essential oils around the home. They include:

  • Used as an air freshener with an oil diffuser. These diffusers humidify the air while diffusing the oil into the room, resulting in a pleasant aroma.

  • Mixed with water or alcohol to make a fabric spray. You can find several formulas for creating a fabric spray. However, the easiest way to quickly freshen up the sofa or carpet is to mix 10% oil to 90% water or ethanol and put the mixture into a spray bottle.

  • As a natural cleaning product. Lemon, lime, lavender, and peppermint all make great additions to a homemade cleaning solution. Diluted with water and vinegar, many essential oils can be used to freshen up a countertop or scrub a sink.

  • Spruce up your clean laundry/linen. You can put a couple of drops of lavender onto a damp washcloth and put this in your dryer with your clothes to give them a nice fragrance. This works particularly well if you use unscented laundry detergent. However, be sure not to go overboard--essential oils are strong and some can cause skin irritation.

  • Refrigerator deodorant. The best way to get rid of the smell of a refrigerator is to give it a thorough cleaning. But afterward, help keep it smelling clean longer by putting several drops of lemongrass into a small bowl with baking soda. Stir the baking soda on occasion to release the lemongrass fragrance.




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Posted by RE/MAX Preferred Properties on 9/4/2016

Most everyone likes to come home to a house that is sparkling clean, with all areas bright, cheerful and inviting. However, for homeowners that are employed outside the household, it can be quite a challenge to find the time and energy to effectively keep the house clean, well-maintained, and in good repair. Every area of the home needs constant attention. Even a property that is unoccupied gatherís dust: ďDust and time make grimeĒ. If your housework and household chores are getting the best of you and you find it is more than you can keep up with, hiring a professional housecleaning service can be monies well spent. Baseboards And Ceiling Fans Ceiling fans and baseboards are a couple of the biggest dust collectors in any structure. Fans are often inaccessible without a ladder and baseboard cleaning requires a lot of getting down on your knees to dust and scrub. Spotless Bathrooms If daily or weekly housekeeping is too much of a stretch of the budget, you may want to consider hiring a professional cleaning services to come in twice a month to tackle the jobs you find to be drudgery or those for which you do not have the proper tools or equipment. If mold has built-up in shower grout, or on bathroom flooring tiles, a professional cleaning with a steam cleaner and then applying a coat of grout sealer will have your bathroom fresh and clean with nowhere for germs and bacteria to grow and multiply. Maintaining a clean and tidy is important to maintaining a safe and healthy home. If clutter abounds, it becomes a hazard such as magazines and shoes on the stairways or burned-out light bulbs in the hallway. Having draperies, upholstered furniture and carpets professionally cleaned at least once a year removes dusts, odors, allergens and pet hair. Preparing Your Home For Sale No matter if you seek twice weekly cleaning services to help keep your home clean and comfortable or if you are putting the home on the market and want a deep-cleaning to make the property ready to show, enlisting the services of professionals can save time, money and a lot of hard work verses doing the job yourself. When preparing a property for sale, you will want to remove personal photos and distracting clutter. The home should be spotless with windows sparkling and every surface shining. While it may seem a bit costly and self-indulgent to hire a professional cleaning service if you have been used to maintaining the property yourself, you will find that when marketing your home for sale it is more than worth the effort and expense. The off-putting smell of stale cooking odors, garbage that needs to be emptied, or a cat litter box in need of refreshing, can be the stumbling block that subconsciously turns a potential homebuyer away. Donít risk losing a potential sale because your house looks or smells less than its best. Hire A Licensed And Bond Housecleaning Company Before bringing a stranger into your home, do a background check and only enlist the services of established and reputable cleaning service with verifiable references.




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Posted by RE/MAX Preferred Properties on 1/10/2016

How frustrating is it when the drain is clogged? It really doesnít matter which drain and whether or not it is in the kitchen or bathroom but inevitably there will be a clog. It seems to be at its worst when it is your turn at the sink. First letís look in the cabinet and see if you have what we need to remedy the problem. Do you have baking soda? If you do, you are half way to an unclogged drain. Do you have vinegar? If yes, get your gloves, we are off to unclog the drain(s). First if you want to remove the hardware, that little drain stopper, go ahead. Keep in mind, it might be a yoga position of sorts to get under the sink. Sometimes the piping under a sink is so tight that it isnít worth the effort, even if you are a yoga instructor. If you do opt to remove the drain plug, do remember to screw the cover back on the hole so that when you start this project, water isnít pouring out under your sink and soaking your floor. Start with two to three teaspoons of backing soda. Baking soda is a ďlifterĒ and letting is work its magic will begin the unclogging and lifting of all blockages. Once the backing soda is down the hatch, pour the same amount of vinegar, two to three teaspoons, into the drain. Can you hear the cleaning process, maybe even see the science experiment taking place? Let this home remedy sit for thirty minutes and return with hot water. Boil water in your tea kettle to ensure the proper temperature. You should be ready to put the hardware back under the sink in no time.







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