Category Archives: Housing Market

Selling Your Home?

Fantastic!  According to Donna Wheeler from Edina Realty we are in the middle of a Sellers Market.

And, as it happens, with the exception of chiropractor, we happen to know a LOT of Real Estate agents.

There’s Donna, Jon, Carla, Sara, Tim and Teresa, just to name a few.  Don’t make us get out the Rolodex.

Now that you have a Realtor your next step should be to call a professional cleaning service.  Why, you ask?  Because every day your home sits on the market is costing you money and one of the surest ways to get it sold faster is to get it cleaned.

As homeowners, we tend to take our homes and our regular cleanings for granted.  Everybody does the basics; clean the bathroom, clean the kitchen, dust, vacuum, etc. but there are areas that tend to get neglected.  Try this: go to your bathroom and pull out any vanity drawer and move everything inside of that drawer out.  See what I mean?  You can also try this with your refrigerator drawers.

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Once you have your home on the market you will most likely do some de-cluttering and once that happens, areas that were neglected tend to pop out.  And let’s not kid ourselves.  The folks checking to see if your home is their next home will be looking in every nook and cranny.

That’s where a professional cleaner can come in handy.  We know where to look and what to do to help your soon-to-be-ex- home shine for the upcoming showings.  Cobweb swinging from the chandelier?  Not when we’re done.  Cotton swab behind the toilet?  Nope!  Toothpaste in the sink?  What toothpaste in the sink?

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So, when you’re ready to put your home on the market, just remember; a good cleaning service can actually pay for itself when it comes to getting your home sold.

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Aside

I like to think I am a pretty easy-going guy, but today I am fuming.  As a matter of fact, I probably shouldn’t even be writing this.  The words of my wife keep echoing in my head; “Put it in … Continue reading

Looks Can Be Deceiving.

There is just something about moving into a home.  Whether it’s your first home or you’ve moved a hundred times, the experience is always exciting.  Stressful, tedious and labor intensive, yes, but exciting nonetheless.

As the housing market continues to improve, more and more people are experiencing that excitement again.  There are good deals to be had in the housing market.  Recently we cleaned for a young family that managed to purchase a 5,000 square foot home on 11 acres of land.  The price they paid for it was a steal and before the boom this home would have sold for well over a million.  They got it for less than half that amount.  Of course there was a trade-off.  Many of the fixtures in the home were removed by the previous owners.  Items like granite counter-tops, light fixtures, etc. had to be replaced by the bank with less flashy items such as laminate counter tops.  Still, a great deal.

We have seen a large increase in Move-In cleanings recently and we are happy to be involved in that exciting time in people’s lives.  Most people believe their new homes just need a “shine”.  A light cleaning to remove dust that has built up while the home was vacant.

That was the case this past weekend with a couple who had recently purchased a home that had been a daycare, in its previous life.  They were excited to have the furniture moved in and start entertaining their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  When we arrived, they told us, “The previous owners left it in pretty good shape.  it should just need a shine up”.

As I mentioned in a blog a couple of years ago, most of your senses come into play when evaluating how ‘dirty’ a home is.  At first glance, the home was in pretty good shape.  But, further inspection, three hours worth of work and several Mr. Clean Magic Erasers later, the home was in relatively good shape and ready for furniture and grandchildren.

Items not easily seen from the floor such as range hoods and high kitchen cabinets, can be filthy.  The bathtubs and shower stalls can look clean and shiny, but if you run your fingernail down them, you may end up with a soap scum under your nail.  The toilet bowl may look free of hard water rings and scum, but what about underneath it?  There may be mold or mildew.  These are all things that we are trained to look for and see.

You want your new home to be perfect.  Moving into a home is like starting a new chapter in your life.  You are excited to make your new place yours.  You shouldn’t have to do it with the previous owners’ dirt in the way.