Last week I asked why you might be putting only one light in your post lamps? This week I ask, Do I see plants in your gutters? When was the last time you had your gutters cleaned out-a routine home maintenance? Read on…
In this week’s blog I talk about some items that need to be a part of your regular home maintenance whether you are selling your home or not. They are just really good ideas to keep your real estate investment in its a best possible shape!
AND… Does your home have an odor?
If your home is closed-up/unoccupied for any amount of time? If it is, it does usually develop a “closed home odor. ” Here are some ideas from realtor.com:
What Can Kill Sales Even in the Most Beautiful Homes?
– The home may look great, but if you don’t get this one thing right, buyers won’t be buying: the smell.
Everything centers around the smell – the part of staging that too many home sellers neglect. Many home sellers, however, are “noseblind” to their home’s scent. They’ve grown accustomed to it over years in some cases, and they simply don’t smell it.“
To freshen up the smell, scrub all surfaces, wash all rugs and have the carpets cleaned. Until this is done, you’ll only be masking smells.
Real estate professionals offer some of the following tips:
- Clean the fridge: A refrigerator could be the culprit of many bad scents. Leave a fresh box of baking soda on a shelf to help remove lingering odors.
- Carpet cleaning: Carpets and rugs can harbor a lot of bad smells. Get them shampooed or steam-cleaned regularly.
- Bake for a smell: One realtor told realtor.com that he likes to take out pumpkin or banana bread from the oven prior to an open house. “This provides a great smell and treats seem to stick in the buyers’ mind after they leave. He says he’ll sometimes brew a fresh pot of coffee to go with it too. I have baked chocolate chips cookies.
- Use soap: Gather up all those unused bars of fancy soap over the years and place them in a pretty bowl on a bathroom counter, “It can fill a room with a remarkably clean, fresh scent for weeks. You can even hide a bar or two in a walk-in closet to freshen the space.
Another trick to freshen up confined spaces: Use laundry dryer sheets. Tuck a dryer sheet in closets or other confined spaces to help make them smell like fresh laundry.
Source: “The One Thing That Can Make or Break How People Feel About Your House,” realtor.com® (July 31, 2019)
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Home Maintenance Chores Homeowners Shouldn’t Delay
Do home repair and upkeep tasks regularly, like cleaning the gutters and pest control. Otherwise, hefty repair bills could be in the future.
Professional home inspectors shared some of the most important home maintenance chores that owners should be doing:
Clean your gutters. Be sure to check and clean gutters throughout the year to remove any debris. Once debris is carefully removed, any dirt or grime should be thoroughly cleaned and cleared; any missing caulk replaced; and holes, cracks, or loose areas repaired. Backed up gutters can lead to roof leaks.
Check the HVAC system. Change filters out once a month. If any condensation is gathering on the outdoor AC unit, flush the condensate drain with soapy, hot water and vinegar, experts say. Hire an HVAC professional for semi-annual maintenance to keep it operating correctly and potentially stave off an expensive replacement.
Flush out any plumbing clogs. Even seemingly small clogs can become more problematic if not taken care of right away. Regularly remove any grime or hair buildup in the shower; remove any gunk that accumulates near a toilet valve; and replace worn flappers (the rubber seal inside the tank), Check underneath the sinks and inside the cabinets to make sure there are no water spouts from a leak.
Address insect problems. Don’t let bug problems escalate. Termites can cause extensive damage; carpenter ants can damage the wood where they nest; and powder post beetles can create hollowed out spaces in your wood. Also, watch out for supersized bee hives. Call in a professional to get the home’s yard sprayed.
Source: “The 5 Most Important Home Maintenance Tasks You’re Forgetting to Do, According to Home Inspectors,” Apartment Therapy (June 2019)
Updated: Citrus County
Schedule Valerie Theater; Inverness:
Stone Crab Season Opens October 15
(Barkfest; postponed due to weather forecast) Countryside Animal – Games, costume contest, games, food etc. and Get your pet “Microchipped” for $10 October 19, 10-2 3628 N Lecanto Hwy (proceed to Angel Fund to help pets in need of life saving.)
CC Blessings Halloween Costume Ball -October 26: 6:30-11 pm Rock Crusher Pavilion. Benefits CC Blessings programs for children.
Haunted House Crystal River Mall: Every Friday and Saturday in October and Sunday 2-7; and Monday October 28-31 6-10 pm
Cooter Festival 10/25-27 Whispering Pines Park. www.cooterfestival.com
11/2-3 Festival of the Arts Inverness Courthouse Square 352-341-7820
Black Diamond Car Show: Rotary Club sponsor; Black Diamond Ranch; November 2, 10-3pm,
Dragon Boat Festival 11/9 8-4 Lake Hernando
Black Diamond Noel Boutique, Black Diamond Ranch: November 10, 12-5; Vendors needed ($25 for a booth) Proceeds to “Snip it” CC Spay and Neuter Charity; contact Kathy Norris at [email protected]
Old Homosassa Arts, Crafts and Seafood Festival November 9-10