Tuesday, June 11, 2019 / by Dixie Simon
You've just finished spring cleaning, and summer is approaching quickly. Summer means longer days and later nights, and usually more traffic in your home. With playdates, game nights, and bonfires, there are likely to be more guests in and out of your home than usual. While fun is the priority, safety should be as well for children and pets especially. To Create a safer haven, follow these steps so you can enjoy a safe summer (as well as all the other seasons):
1. Protect your belongings
If you have items that are important to you and could easily break, it is best to store them away, so they don't get damaged, and no one gets hurt from the broken item in the process.
2. Make off-limit areas
If you want to prevent children and pets from going places you don't want them, consider installing safety gates. Placing gates in front of staircases and rooms with more breakable items can prevent both children and pets from falling or ...
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 / by Dixie Simon
Eliminating bad odors from your home is incredibly important, and you want to make sure you've removed them before putting it on the market. Often times, the first thing buyers notice upon entering your home is how it smells. If there is an odd odor, it will instantly put them off. No matter how beautifully staged and presented it is, strong odors or stale air can make your home unappealing to prospective buyers. Opening windows and exhaust fans will only go so far in removing foul odors and generally won’t eliminate them completely. To ensure you don't lose potential buyers, follow these odor eliminating tips to ensure your home smells and feels fresh and new.
Don’t Use Artificial Freshening Sprays
Don't make the mistake of spraying artificial room freshener sprays in hopes that it will remove the bad odor. Deodorizers will quickly fade, and only mask the smell, sometimes in an overwhelming way. If a buyer walks into your home, your air freshener can cause a ...
Thursday, March 21, 2019 / by Doreen Huntoon
I can't believe it's almost April. Time sure does go fast! If you are thinking of selling your home, now is the perfect time for spring cleaning. Here in Spokane we still have a little snow lingering around but you can get started on the inside of your house and if you can see your yard, now is a great time to clean up all the surprises that our wonderful fury friends left us all winter.
Cleaning, organizing and decluttering are the first steps in spring cleaning. Here are some spring cleaning tips:
1. Have your carpets professionally cleaned - Clean carpets with eliminate odors and make them look new(er)
2. Open the windows and let some fresh air in. - Their is nothing better than the smell of spring air
3. Deep clean bathrooms and kitchen - Including cupboards, trim, light fixtures
4. Wipe down the walls and around light switches
5. Wipe down all the door knobs
6. Clean your windows inside and out
7. Change light bulbs so that your house is nice and bright for s ...
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 / by Pamela Glende
Will our cute little friends sabotage the sale of our home?
I have walked into many showings with clients looking to purchase a home and watch their pure joy and excitement fade from their faces. This happens more times than I would like it to. They see the home online and are so excited to go and view it in person and then they are crushed. It was the perfect home for them until they walked in and the smell of pet urine and odors overtook them.
The home that they thought was “the one” had a horrible pet smell. Although we love our homes, we get immune to the odors in our homes.
Some advice I give to my sellers is to have someone who doesn’t live in the home come over and be honest with them. It could be a good friend or a relative but choose someone that will be honest with you. We get so used to our homes that we really can’t tell if there is an odor. Don’t try to mask the smell with fragrances as this makes a buyer think that you are trying to ...
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 / by Dixie Simon
Recently representing my client in buying a home, I was faced with the difficulty of locating the "perfect" home for the Dog. Yes, you heard that right. My buyers were not happy with the fact that the houses in their price range didn’t come with a perfect fenced back yard. This is a two-edged sword because some people don't need or care about fences. Others have a very sensitive “smeller” as I do, and they don’t like and would never buy a home that smells like CAT or DOG. Don’t get me started on viewing other critters during the selling process. I decided we need to look at some statistics that are pretty telling in the market.
The National Association of REALTORS®’s Research Committee discussed the importance that animals in the home have for families across the United States, including how pets and animals impact the buying and selling decisions of renters and homeowners.
91% of buyers with animals find having a fence ...