Thursday, September 24, 2015 / by Matt Chase
Today, I will be discussing indoor maintenance for a fall ready home. This week’s blog is going to build off of last week’s blog which can be read here. Although outdoor maintenance is important for ensuring the exterior of your home is in working order for fall, indoor maintenance is just as important. Since cooler temperatures mean more time indoors, you want to be sure your home is in good standing.
In last week’s blog, I discussed cleaning the outside light fixtures, making sure they have working light bulbs, and are good to go. This is important for inside as well. With daylight shortening, you will be spending more time inside using artificial lighting. Check all light fixtures to make sure all have working bulbs. If you can, take light fixtures apart and wash with a soapy water mix to remove all dust buildup and dirt. This will ensure you are getting the brightest light in the room.
Another routine maintenance item is to clean the carpets or rugs in the h ...
Thursday, September 17, 2015 / by Matt Chase
With Labor Day’s passing, many people immediately assume it is fall. Although changes in temperature may or may not have happened in your area, it is good to prepare for the change in seasons earlier rather than later. Today I will discuss a few simple things to cross off your checklist in terms of easy outdoor maintenance.
First, trim all trees. Even though this seems like a project for after fall, try to remember to do it when trees have branches that are full and heavy with leaves. Waiting until the leaves fall may seem like the easier task, but you have defeated the purpose of tree trimming. The fullness on the branches will better show where the trees need trimming, and where it is most necessary. You can try to time this tree trimming activity with mulching as well. Rent a chipper for the tree branches you have just trimmed and turn these branches into mulch for your yard. Adding an extra layer of mulch to your trees and bushes, and other temperature sensitive yard plan ...
Thursday, September 10, 2015 / by Matt Chase
While selling a home alone can be a huge challenge, trying to sell a home with pets can be a completely other challenge within itself. In general, putting your home on the market can require upkeep of housecleaning and repair work, which is no difference when it comes to selling a home with pets. Often, more work is needed to prep your house for the current market and standards when a pet or pets are involved.
Firstly, a seller should repair damage in the home. While some damage may be minimal others may be a little more intense. Often baseboards are chewed, doors are scratched and carpet may be dingy. These can quickly add up but you must remember that repairing these items, although potentially costly, will add value to your home when it is ready to be put on the market for buyers. A thorough deep clean is in order to make sure your home is in great condition. Removing pet odors and stains is a huge thing to remember. The home should have a pleasant neutral fresh scent. Professio ...