Preparing your Home for Showing

Written by Adem Martin del Campo

Remember that when you are preparing your home for showing to prospective buyers, you are painting a picture, no a work of art. When selling a home you are working on a person's emotions, so be sure to keep that in mind. This will berepparttar placerepparttar 100099 buyer creates new memories.

Organizing your home The first place to start is cleaning and organizing. The easiest way to tackle this is to have a plan. Organizing and removing clutter should berepparttar 100100 first task. Remove as much clutter as possible. You want to createrepparttar 100101 illusion of space without looking too sparse. If you have a buffet table with a lot of chatchkies on it, be sure to remove some of them to open uprepparttar 100102 area. If your living room is cluttered with a lot of furniture remove a few pieces. This will again giverepparttar 100103 illusion of a bigger room.

Cleaning your home Now that you have organized it is time to CLEAN. Where I like to start is withrepparttar 100104 bathrooms. Be sure to cleanrepparttar 100105 toilet bowls. This is a good indication of howrepparttar 100106 rest ofrepparttar 100107 house was maintained.

Cleanrepparttar 100108 baths and showers, removing all water stain fromrepparttar 100109 tile, and glass doors in showers. A great way to remove hard water stains on glass and tile is by using toilet bowl cleaner. The hydrogen chloride dissolvesrepparttar 100110 minerals that createrepparttar 100111 spots (learned this from doing acid washes on pools, and having to cleanrepparttar 100112 tile with toilet bowl cleaner). Some cautions about doing this, be sure to use protective rubber gloves on your hands, and do not letrepparttar 100113 solution stay on any chrome or brass metal likerepparttar 100114 fixtures. Extended exposure can removerepparttar 100115 finish fromrepparttar 100116 fixture. Simply wipe once withrepparttar 100117 bowl cleaner on a sponge to removerepparttar 100118 water spots, then quickly rinse with water for any metallic fixtures. Forrepparttar 100119 tub, shower, and tile around them, I get a bucket of hot water, and squirt some ofrepparttar 100120 bowl cleaner into it. Next I use a nylon bristle brush to scrubrepparttar 100121 tile. If you encounter a spot that is stubborn go ahead and squirt some ofrepparttar 100122 bowl cleaner directly onrepparttar 100123 spot, and scrub with your brush. Once you have scrubbedrepparttar 100124 entire area rinse with warm water. I just userepparttar 100125 removable showerhead to rinse. Next you will want to dryrepparttar 100126 entire tub and tile with a towel. After everything has had time to dry fully, I use carnauba wax for cars on allrepparttar 100127 metallic fixtures. After you apply it, let it haze, then buff with a terry cloth towel. This makes your chrome or brass really shine. The same steps can be used on your sink and faucet.

Now it is time to cleanrepparttar 100128 mirror(s). I use a dilution of Ammonia in water. Ammonia is what glass cleaners contain to remove streaks. Since you only need a little bit of ammonia it is a lot less expensive than name brand glass cleaners. Afterrepparttar 100129 mirror is dry you can userepparttar 100130 carnauba wax on it as well.

Be surerepparttar 100131 floor is clean. If it needs cleaning, I use another dilution of ammonia in hot water. The ammonia removesrepparttar 100132 oils from your feet and other bathroom grime.

Now that your bathrooms are spotless it is time for dusting, and I'm not talking with a rag.

Dusting Now when I clean I don't conform torepparttar 100133 conventional. I dustrepparttar 100134 house withrepparttar 100135 vacuum. Yes I saidrepparttar 100136 vacuum. Dusting with a rag only movesrepparttar 100137 dust. Vacuuming it gets it out ofrepparttar 100138 house. Most homeowners have a vacuum that has attachments like a brush, and an edging tool.


Written by John Rocco

Last week i told you how to measure for your vinyl replacement windows when replacing aluminum windows. Now that you're ready to order your new vinyl replacement windows, we need to talk aboutrepparttar different frame style options available. In most ofrepparttar 100098 country your choices are limited to either new construction or replacement frames. New construction frames come with a nailing fin to attachrepparttar 100099 frame torepparttar 100100 studs duringrepparttar 100101 construction ofrepparttar 100102 new home. The replacement frame is basicallyrepparttar 100103 new construction frame minusrepparttar 100104 nailing fin.

But inrepparttar 100105 west, where stucco homes are common, manufacturers came up with a third type of frame called a retrofit frame. The retrofit frame has a fin about 2 inches wide, located flush withrepparttar 100106 outside face ofrepparttar 100107 window. This isrepparttar 100108 best choice when replacing old windows, but not all jobs will accomodate a retrofit frame application. So let's discuss how to determine which frame is going to work for you.

If you have a stucco exterior, retrofit isrepparttar 100109 way to go. You installrepparttar 100110 new window fromrepparttar 100111 outside, andrepparttar 100112 flush fin coversrepparttar 100113 old aluminum frame that you are going to leave in place. Then you screwrepparttar 100114 new window in using deck screws throughrepparttar 100115 side channels as well asrepparttar 100116 top header. We will get into more detail onrepparttar 100117 actual installation in a future article. If you have a stucco exterior, but there is a wood trim aroundrepparttar 100118 opening ofrepparttar 100119 window whererepparttar 100120 flush fin would normally go, you can still userepparttar 100121 retrofit style frame. You would need to removerepparttar 100122 wood surroundingrepparttar 100123 opening, installrepparttar 100124 retrofit window, then purchase and install new wood trim. The old trim will no longer fit sincerepparttar 100125 replacement window frame dimensions will be several inches

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