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05
Jul
2017

7 Home Tips to Make Maintenance Easier


These tricks make tackling prickly household chores easier. Here are seven home hacks to take a bit of the drudgery out of your honey-do list:

#1 Tuck Chalk in Your Toolbox to Stop Rust

You can keep the metal tools and hardware in your toolbox rust-free with blackboard chalk. How so? Chalk is a moisture-sucking material that traps dampness. When you place several pieces throughout your toolbox, its porous nature will protect items prone to rusting. 

Bonus tip: Got a musty closet? Fill up a small muslin or cheesecloth bag with chalk and then hang it inside. It will absorb the dampness and stinky odor.
 

#2 Spray Your Mower's Blades to Keep Clippings From Sticking

If you have a lawn, mowing is one of those must-do drudgeries. Fortunately, cooking spray can make the chore problem-free. When applied to a mower's undercarriage and blades, it can help prevent grass clippings from sticking. 

Bonus tip: You can prevent ice from building up in your freezer with cooking spray. Just spray a thick layer over spots prone to icing, and let it sit for five minutes. Afterward, use a towel to wipe up the oil.
 

#3 Toss in a Tennis Ball to Clean Your Pool Water

Suntan lotions, moisturizers, and body oils will leave a greasy slick on pool water. To clean, toss in a fresh tennis ball. Its fuzzy surface will soak up the oils your guests left behind.

Bonus tip: A tennis ball will buff scuff marks off floors....

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16
May
2016

Why You Should Declutter Your Home Before You Show It.

You Want Your Home to Look Its Best

If someone is planning to tour your home, you need to make sure that it is as pleasing as possible, both because you want to maximize your chances of selling it and because you want to maximize your expected proceeds from the sale. To do so, you need to declutter your home as soon as possible, which will serve two purposes. First, a decluttered home is also an open and spacious home, which should be much more attractive to most housing consumers than its cramped and closed-in counterparts. Second, a decluttered home has no personal mementos that can make it difficult for potential home buyers to imagine themselves living in it. Summed up, you want to declutter your home because it contributes to your chances of getting the results that you desire from selling your home.

How Should You Declutter Your Home?

Fortunately, decluttering your home should be a relatively simple and straightforward matter so long as you are willing to put in the necessary time and effort. You can start by sorting out the items that you have not used in a year or more since chances are good that you will not be using them anymore, meaning that you will not miss them once they are gone. Generally speaking, you want to make sure to either sell them, donate them, or recycle them since just tossing them out into the trash is the most wasteful option, particularly if they are something that could still be useful to other people. Once you have finished clearing...

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14
Jan
2016

How to Prepare Your Home to be Sold

There are over a thousand homes for sale in Clearwater at any given time, so if you wish to sell your single family home or condo and have it stand out from the crowd, it won't do to simply throw a sign out in the yard and hope for the best. The goal in a home sale is to get the best possible price while minimizing time on market and aggravation. In order to accomplish this, proper preparation is a must. Here are the things you can do to prepare your Clearwater home to be sold in a short period of time.

Landscape and Exterior

First impressions mean everything and prospective buyers must at least get through the front door or nothing will happen. Take some time to freshen up your home's exterior and landscaping to improve its curb appeal. Get rid of dead plants and replace them with fresh shrubs and flowers. Make sure that the grass is green and well-trimmed. Pressure wash the driveway and the home's exterior to vanquish years of dirt and grime. If you wish to go the extra mile and your home's exterior needs it, consider a fresh coat of paint.

Declutter and Clean

When someone steps in to view a home for the first time, it should feel clean and inviting. The stacks of shoes that you normally keep by the door need to disappear. Likewise, personal items and any other clutter in the home should be removed. Homebuyers will be looking to your floors, ceilings, and walls first. If they are unable to see these because of clutter, the impression will not be ...

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