Realtor Tips: Home Cleaning Checklist

Realtor Tips: Home Cleaning Checklist

It’s that time again!! Spring is here and home buyer’s are on the hunt! Here are the TOP cleaning checklists provided by your Houston/Katy, TX realtor-Jaime Fallon. Make sure to dust and clean away your clutter! #realtortips

Wipe Walls and Ceilings: Use a vacuum to remove dust. Tackle stubborn surface grime, especially prevalent in kitchens, with a solvent-free degreaser (test it first in an inconspicuous area to ensure it won’t mar the surface).

Reseal Grout Lines: The cement-based material between wall, floor, and countertop tiles is extremely porous and stains easily. Protect it with a penetrating grout sealer; it’s best to apply it with a small foam brush.

Vacuum and Shampoo Rugs: Synthetic carpets and rugs with wa- terproof backings can be deep-cleaned with a rotary shampoo machine and a hot-water extraction machine. Rugs without backings, including Orientals, require professional cleaning.

Dust Books and Shelves: Take everything off the Shelves, and brush shelves and books with a feather dust- er. Use the dust-brush or crevice tool on a vacuum to reach into tight spots. Wipe the spines of leather-bound books with a clean, soft cloth.

Clean Upholstered Furnishings: Take cushions outside and gently beat them by hand to remove dust. If there are stains, check the pieces for care labels. Use a vacuum’s upholstery and crevice tools to clean under seat cushions.

Polish Metal Door and Window Hardware: Liquid polishes and polish-impregnated cloths work well for medi- um-tarnished surfaces; pastes and creams are for heavier work. If tarnish doesn’t come off, try a stronger product.

Dust Your Home Thoroughly: This includes hard-to-reach places, such as the tops of ceiling fans and window casings. Always work from the top of a room down, vacuuming the dust that settles on the floor. Avoid using dusting sprays.

Wax Wooden Furniture: Wipe surfaces with a soft cloth dampened with water and mild dish washing liquid. Apply paste wax, such as Butch- er’s wax, a few feet at a time with a cotton rag folded into a square pad. Let wax dry; buff with a clean cloth.

Ensure Fire Safety: Change batteries in smoke detectors (this should be done twice a year), and make sure units are free of dust. Teach everyone in your household how to use a fire extinguisher, and review escape plans.

Wash Window Screens: Using warm water and a mild dish washing liquid, scrub each screen with a brush; rinse thoroughly.

Clean Window Treatments: Many draperies and curtains are machine washable; check labels. Dry-clean fabric shades. Wipe wooden blinds with a damp cloth; warm water mixed with a mild dish washing liquid is safe for metal and vinyl blinds.

Wax Non-Wood Floors: Vinyl and linoleum floors that have lost their shine should be waxed with a polish designed for these surfaces. Most stone and tile floors can be treated with either a paste or a liquid wax designed for the material.



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Realtor Tips: Jaime Fallon’s 7 Tips for Selling Your Home

Realtor Tips: Jaime Fallon’s 7 Tips for Selling Your Home

Jaime Fallon, Top Houston/Katy Realtor

7 Tips for Selling Your Home QUICKLY & EFFICIENTLY!  

# 7 Play the agent field  A secret sale killer is hiring the wrong agent. Make sure you have an agent who is totally informed. Make sure they monitor the multiple listing service (MLS), know what properties are going on the market and know the comps in your neighborhood. A tech savvy agent is KEY to selling success!

#6 Bright and cheery Maximize the light in your home. After location, lighting is the most requested item that buyers seek. Take down the dingy drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine.

#5 Don’t over-upgrade  Quick fixes before selling always pay off. Do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar. Get a new fresh coat of paint on the walls. Clean the curtains, buy some inexpensive new ones or remove them all together. Replace door handles, cabinet hardware, make sure closet doors are on track, fix leaky faucets and clean the grout.

#4 Always be ready to show!  CLEAN! CLEAN! CLEAN! Your house needs to be “show-ready” at all times! You have to be available whenever they want to come see the place and it has to be in tip-top shape. Also, hide the critters and their dog/cat dishes, litter boxes and pet homes (not everyone is an animal lover).

#3 Take the home out of your house! DE-CLUTTER! Depersonalize your home. Get rid of a third of your stuff – put it in storage. This includes family photos, memorabilia collections and personal keepsakes. Consider hiring a home stager to maximize the full potential of your home(a top agent should be able to do this). Staging simply means arranging your furniture to best showcase the floor plan and maximize the use of space. 

#2 The kitchen sells You’re not actually selling your house, you’re selling your kitchen – that’s how important it is. If you have the additional funds to replace dated counter-tops, do so however the fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting and new cabinet hardware. Use a neutral-color paint so you can present buyers with a blank canvas where they can start envisioning their own style.

#1 The first impression is the only impression! No matter how good the interior of your home looks, buyers have already judged your home before they walk through the door. You never have a second chance to make a first impression. Spruce up your home’s exterior with inexpensive shrubs and brightly colored flowers.


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