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Sometimes a quick dusting doesn't cut it. Here's how you can properly deep clean your home.

You've made the decision to sell your home. The next step is to get it ready, and that means giving it a good cleaning. From top to bottom and front to back, a thorough deep clean will make your house shine. It will also cause potential buyers to give it a hard, first look. The better your home looks, the quicker it will sell. Our real estate agents can give you a few tips on how to get a little more out of your cleaning.

  • Dry mop – Use a dust mop to "dry mop" your floor and eliminate any dust bunnies or stray lint balls that may be lurking in corners and underneath furniture.

  • Empty all vacuum canisters – Before you start cleaning, you need to clean your vacuums. Empty the canisters and wipe them out. Check the hoses and make sure nothing is stuck in the rollers.

  • Clean vacuum filters – Many new vacuums come with foam filters that can be washed and reused again and again. This eliminates any contaminants being returned back into your home.

  • More is not always better – Cleaning solutions are formulated to be effective in the amounts listed in the instructions. Using more than the recommended amount can damage surfaces or leave behind nasty residue.

  • Try microfiber cloths – Avoid paper towels and cloth rags when cleaning surfaces. Instead, use microfiber cloths. They are more effective at picking up dust and pulling dust and debris from cracks and crevices.

  • Clean your light bulbs – Wipe down your light bulbs with a dry cloth. Dust can collect on light bulbs just as it does on other surfaces. This can reduce their ability to provide light to a room. Too much dust will make them appear dim and dingy and detract from the beauty of your home.

  • Store items in totes – Cardboard may be one of the worst storage options available. It attracts dirt and dust. Instead, use plastic totes. They are easy to stack and air tight. They come in many different sizes and have handles that make them easier to carry.

  • Declutter first – Before you start to actually clean, you will want to de-clutter your home as much as possible. One of the things that will help Vacaville homes for sale move quickly and prevent them from lagging on the market for weeks.

  • Spray the cloth, not the surface – Never spray the surface with a cleaning solution. Instead, spray the cloth and wipe down the surface. Spraying on the surface can lead to discoloration and may get the solution where it doesn't need to be.

  • Work from the top down – Always work from the top down. Start with your ceiling fans and wipe down your walls and the tops of bookcases and doors first. Dust falls. If you start at the top and work down, you will get all of the dust and debris.

  • Vacuum curtains and blinds – Don't forget your curtains and blinds. You can throw your curtains in the dryer on the "air" setting for 15 minutes. Vacuum your curtains and blinds with the brush tool to get between the fibers and pull away the dust.

Selling your home will be a smooth process if you follow your real estate agent's advice. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you sell your home.


Enjoy dining outside with these Vacaville restaurant patios.

When you live in the Vacaville area, you have access to many of the best restaurants that offer patio dining. Our real estate agents can help you find your new favorite lunch spot if you are looking to be a new home. As someone who is trying to sell property, we do our research when it comes to restaurants and other recreational areas where you and your family might want to enjoy a bite to eat or spend time with friends. The following five restaurants are some of the best in the area for great food and patio dining.

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You've found your dream home, but before you make an offer, check these tasks off your to-do list.

Before you decide to place a bid on a home, there are things you should think about first. Being fully prepared for the process is important and will help you avoid major mistakes that can cost you in the long run. Our real estate agents can help you gather the information you need to make an informed decision when it comes to the purchase of a home. The more you know, the better off you will be when it comes to long-term decision-making.

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Vacaville has a rich and important history you can discover for yourself. Here are the places to experience the city's past.

In addition to being the home of the legendary Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, Vacaville is known to be rich in history. It's also a great place to raise your children. Even though it no longer has a home, the Napa Valley Model Railroad Historical Society still puts on the occasional exhibit for local residents. When you're ready to explore a few of the local historical sites, our real estate agents can point out several you may find intriguing.

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Always wanted a more environmentally friendly yard? Here's how you can achieve it.

Going green has a new meaning when you are talking about your lawn. Discontinuing the use of harsh chemical fertilizers and herbicides can mean a long battle with both weeds and bugs. Choosing to go organic doesn't mean it will be difficult. It means you will have to work a little harder, have more patience, and be willing to try new things. Our real estate agents can put you in touch with organic lawn care teams who can help you get started.

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Vacaville really is a special place to live. Here are the reasons you should call Vacaville your new home.

If you are ready for a change and want to find a community where you and your family can thrive in, one of your first options should be Vacaville. Our real estate agents serve the Vacaville area and know the community very well. We are able to identify potential areas of interest that you and your family will enjoy if you choose to move to the area. Take a few minutes to research the community and learn about all it has to offer.

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If you're selling your home, the appraisal is one aspect you don't want to overlook. Here's how you can prep for it.

You have a long list of things to do when preparing your home for sale. If you are getting ready for an appraisal, you will want to go over your home carefully to ensure your home is in the best possible condition. An appraiser's job is to put a value on your home so you can arrive at a fair selling price. If you want to maximize that value, it's important your home is in top form. Our real estate agents can help you get things ready and reduce the stress you may feel about the appraisal.

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Vacaville is just a short drive away from these scenic local wineries. Visit them and try a bottle of your new favorite wine.

Solano County is known for its wineries and its long-standing tradition of being at the heart of the vineyards. If you love wine and are considering moving to the area, our real estate agents can help you find the home of your dreams. When you see a home you like, stop in at one of the local wine bars or vineyards to check out the latest flavors. All of the wineries offer wine clubs to showcase all of their latest products.

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