Preparing your Home for Showing

Written by Adem Martin del Campo

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Some ofrepparttar most important areas to remember to vacuum arerepparttar 100099 corners of walls (great hiding place for cobwebs),repparttar 100100 tops of your baseboards, picture frames, and window tracks.

I also userepparttar 100101 brush attachment to clean my electronics, likerepparttar 100102 TV, stereo, and computers. Userepparttar 100103 brush attachment to dust all your furniture.

Cleanrepparttar 100104 Windows Now it is time to clean your windows. Clean windows (inside and out) again shows that you have maintainedrepparttar 100105 house well since you lived there. Insiderepparttar 100106 house you can userepparttar 100107 diluted ammonia, and clean like you would normally. Forrepparttar 100108 outside it is a good idea to first userepparttar 100109 garden hose to cleanrepparttar 100110 outside ofrepparttar 100111 window andrepparttar 100112 screen. Dirty screens are a no no. Next remove your screens so they can dry. To cleanrepparttar 100113 outside windows I use a squeegee. If you do not have one you will need to do one extra step. Using a squeegee, I get a bucket of warm water with dish soap in it. Use a rag like you would to wash your car, and washrepparttar 100114 window. After you scrub it userepparttar 100115 squeegee, and be sure to wiperepparttar 100116 blade dry after every swipe. Be sure to wiperepparttar 100117 edges ofrepparttar 100118 window with a different dry cloth thanrepparttar 100119 one you use to dryrepparttar 100120 squeegee. This will ensure a perfectly clean window.

If you do not have a squeegee, then still washrepparttar 100121 window with warm soapy water. Dry off with a separate rag, and then use your diluted ammonia to cleanrepparttar 100122 window like you did insiderepparttar 100123 house.

Now that your windows are clean remember to replacerepparttar 100124 screens once they are dry.

Vacuuming your home Now thatrepparttar 100125 windows are clean, it is time to vacuumrepparttar 100126 floor. Everyone loves to see vacuum marks onrepparttar 100127 carpet. The best way to keep them in tact is to start vacuuming inrepparttar 100128 opposite corner ofrepparttar 100129 door, so you can exitrepparttar 100130 room without stepping onrepparttar 100131 rest ofrepparttar 100132 carpet. This is hard to accomplish in a room like your living room, but dorepparttar 100133 best you can.

Your house is now clean and organized, and almost ready to show.

Completing your work of art There are just a few more things to do before you show your house. First thing you will want to do is open your drapes and blinds, so there is a lot of light inrepparttar 100134 house. Also turn onrepparttar 100135 lights in every room, even if there is a window in that room. If you have ever been in a model home you will notice that they do this as well. Lots of light makesrepparttar 100136 home more inviting and cheery. The final thing you will need to dorepparttar 100137 morning you are showing your home is bake chocolate chip cookies. Remember you are painting a picture here, andrepparttar 100138 sense of smell is closely tied to memory. "Oh yarepparttar 100139 house withrepparttar 100140 cookies," it whatrepparttar 100141 buyers will remember.

You have now been armed with allrepparttar 100142 tools and tips you need to make your homerepparttar 100143 easiest to sell.

Adem Martin del Campo is the owner of Las Vegas Home For Sale by Owner, and knows the business of buying and selling homes. Visit his site today:


Written by John Rocco

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larger in width and height thanrepparttar old window frame. Another option is to installrepparttar 100098 retrofit fin on top ofrepparttar 100099 wood trim. You can do this as long asrepparttar 100100 depth fromrepparttar 100101 face ofrepparttar 100102 wood trim torepparttar 100103 point inrepparttar 100104 house ofrepparttar 100105 innermost portion ofrepparttar 100106 old aluminum frame is less than 3 inches deep. The reason is because a good quality retrofit window will have a 3 inch frame depth fromrepparttar 100107 back ofrepparttar 100108 flush fin torepparttar 100109 innermost part ofrepparttar 100110 frame. That innermost part needs to be further intorepparttar 100111 house thanrepparttar 100112 innermost part ofrepparttar 100113 aluminum frame so thatrepparttar 100114 aluminum frame will be hidden after we applyrepparttar 100115 inside trim. What if you have brick aroundrepparttar 100116 window openings? Or siding? Then what? Well, if you can installrepparttar 100117 window againstrepparttar 100118 face ofrepparttar 100119 brick or siding and still haverepparttar 100120 innermost part ofrepparttar 100121 vinyl frame be further intorepparttar 100122 home thanrepparttar 100123 old frame, then you can userepparttar 100124 retrofit style frame. If not, then you have to userepparttar 100125 replacement style frame,then use trim to finishrepparttar 100126 outside.

The main point to remember when determining whether or not to use a retrofit frame or a standard replacement frame is that in order to userepparttar 100127 retrofit frame there needs to be less than 3 inches fromrepparttar 100128 outside point whererepparttar 100129 flush fin will rest torepparttar 100130 inside point inrepparttar 100131 room whererepparttar 100132 old frame ends. If it's less than 3 inches, go withrepparttar 100133 retro, more than 3 inches, userepparttar 100134 replacement frame and add trim torepparttar 100135 outside in lieu ofrepparttar 100136 flush fin.

Next week i am going to explainrepparttar 100137 process of removingrepparttar 100138 old aluminum window.

John Rocco has been installing replacement windows since 1978. To learn more, visit How To Install Windows

John Rocco has been installing replacement windows since 1978. To learn more, visit

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