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September
19

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.

July
11

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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March
14

Smart tech can save you money in the long run and makes monitoring your home easy. Here's the tech you should invest in.

When you decide to buy a new home, you look for the features that you are most interested in. A second bathroom or a full basement are common wants. With today's advancements in technology, however, more people are looking for homes that have the option for at least partial home automation. The use of smart devices makes it much easier for you to monitor your home and keep it safe while you are away. Our real estate agents can help you find the type of property you want with the amenities you are looking for.

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February
28

New Year's Resolutions come and go without much thought, but here are the ones you definitely want to see to the end. Finish these home improvement projects this year.

How are those New Year's resolutions working for you? Whether it's losing weight, working out more, reading War and Peace, or tackling some of those home projects you've been putting off, you might do well to revisit that list of resolutions, and if you haven't already, focus on making them come true.

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