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A Clean House is a Lucky House – 8 Tips For Creating a Clean – And Fortunate – Home

A clean house is more than just a luxury – it is a necessity. That’s right, a necessity. We need a clean house (office or desk) because of all it offers us: efficiency and relaxation. Efficiency, because a clean house means you can find what you need when you need it. It also means that you will spend less time worrying and frustrated over the mess in your house.

A clean house offers relaxation, because clean houses look better, smell better, and feel better – and that’s what makes you relax. A mess everywhere makes us tense. Even hidden messes worry us. What does it take to have a truly clean house? In a word, discipline. No one likes to hear that word anymore, but it’s true.

A clean house takes work, plain and simple. Ironically, the less a house is cleaned, the more work it takes. Yep, it’s true. If you don’t stay on top of your house, the house will be on top of you — with papers piling up and junk everywhere — not to mention dirt and grime.

Look around. Is your outer experience mirroring the inner experience? What is your house saying about you and your life? Now, how does your luck improve with a clean house? Think about all the “old” and “unsuccessful” energy that you have in your home.

If you’ve got dust bunnies the size of Great Danes, it’s time to get to work. Dirt and dust equal stagnant and stuck. Remember, a rut is just a grave that’s open at both ends. How to get out of your dirty rut? Good old fashioned elbow grease. Here’s a quick guide to cleaning your space to get you out of your dirty rut.

1. Go to the bathroom.

Why? Bathrooms that are dirty are germfests waiting to make you sick. Clean it up and you might just feel better or get through cold and flu season unscathed!

2. Take on the kitchen.

This is where you eat so it should be clean. Nothing attracts bugs faster than a filthy kitchen. Make it a goal to give your kitchen a two-hour once over. Spend two hours in there and really clean — the coils on the fridge, the oven, the floors, ceilings, windows – everything.

3. Head into the bedroom.

When you sleep, you are breathing in everything that’s in the room, i.e., pet dander, dust, mites from the bed, you name it. Make it a point to clean under the bed, vacuum the blinds and wash the curtains and bedspreads and blankets. Then vacuum, yes, vacuum, the mattress and flip. Ahhh….clean. It feels so nice.

4. Create a paper trail.

To the recycling center that is. Haven’t read that magazine? Then you’re not going to, so get rid of it. Conduct your own “paperectomy” and get rid of all that paper that’s just taking up space.

5. Concentrate in the corners.

This is where everything drifts to… the corner of the bedroom, the corners of the ceilings. Corners are a magnet for stacks of papers. On the ceiling, corners attract spider webs. Clear out every corner you have, including closet corners.

6. Go outside.

Rent a pressure washer and wash the house, sidewalks, patios, and driveways. Pressure washers are a house’s best friend. Think of it as an exfoliating scrub for your home. You will love your sparkling house.

7. Head to the top.

Clean off the tops of everything. This includes dressers, tables, counters, refrigerators — anything with a top. It also means dusting the tops of windows,door trim, and tops of baseboards. Dust just loves to hide on the tops of things.

8. Get steamed.

Once a year get your carpets and upholstery STEAM cleaned. Why steam? It’s hot and it’s water so it will clean REALLY well without hurting anything or leaving behind any kind of soapy residue. That’s right, soapy residue.

Many people get their carpets cleaned or use grocery-store carpet cleaner products only to find they need to do it again and again and again because the carpets get dirtier faster and faster and faster.

Hmmmm…. a conspiracy? No. Just soap that stays behind. And soap is sticky, right? Well, then, that’s where all the dirt is coming from: it’s getting stuck in all that soap that is left behind from those cleaners. And while you’re at it, throw away all your soap-based carpet cleaners.

Help, I’m Scared – I Just Read My Home Inspection Report – Is The House Falling Apart?

Oh My Gosh…pipes are leaking, roofing shingles are damaged, the furnace isn’t working properly, there are electrical issues, the deck needs attention….gheesh…What do I do now? Is this house, the house that I’ve fallen deeply in love with, falling apart?

Well…maybe so and maybe no. There is no perfectly constructed or perfectly maintained house…at least, I’ve never inspected such a thing nor do I expect that I ever will. Nevertheless, be assured that there are homes out there that are just plainly in very poor condition. Chances are, though, that the issues identified in a Home Inspection report are typical issues for a home of any given or particular age. While this isn’t always the case, the issues are very likely able to be repaired. Most anything can be repaired. Even more serious items e.g. structural issues, water intrusion and resultant damage, heating and air conditioning systems that need to be replaced etc., are able to be repaired. Once issues have been identified, irrespective of their severity, it then becomes a matter of whether or not they are going to be repaired, how and by whom they might be repaired, how much those repairs are going to cost, and what party is going to be financially responsible for those repairs.

First…and in my opinion…the details of what a Home Inspection is, and of how a Home Inspection report is typically used in a real estate transaction, should have been fully explained to the buyer by their real estate agent prior to the Inspection period. Then, at the beginning of the Home Inspection, the Home Inspector should explain to the client what they can expect from the Home Inspector, and from the Home Inspection report. The Home Inspection report, and again in my ever so humble opinion, shouldn’t be considered as an all-inclusive list to be used to beat the selling party severely about the head and shoulders. There will likely be…will almost certainly be…items in the report that, while required to be reported by the standards governing the Home Inspection, may not fall within the scope of the Real Estate Offer To Purchase Contact as items that are able to be asked to be repaired by the seller. That determination, or interpretation, is best left to a real estate agent or to an attorney. The issues identified in the report, in their totality, is information…information provided as part of the basis upon which to make an informed purchase decision. That’s why you had an inspection in the first place, right? You paid for a professional evaluation of the home to make a more informed purchase decision.

Second…take a half-step backward, take a deep breath or two, and re-read the report. I promise that the world hasn’t come to an end as the result of the report. If there are numerous individual items to consider, then try to itemize those issues in the order of their importance to YOU. The report may categorize the issues to some degree but the Home Inspector cannot decide what importance YOU should place on any given item. Neither should the Inspector be advising you as to whether or not you should purchase the home; such advice or guidance is simply outside the scope of a Home Inspection. There are two questions that I, personally, have never answered. The first is “Would you buy this home?” and the second is “How would you rate this home on a scale of 1–10?” There is too much that a Home Inspector just simply doesn’t know to be able to answer such questions. Sure, they know a great deal about the physical condition of the home by the time the inspection is complete, but that’s only part of the equation. They don’t know how much the home is worth, they don’t know the clients financial condition, and they don’t know what the financial arrangements might be. I suggest, too, that they shouldn’t want to know.

Third…set about gathering yet more information. Information…accurate information…and the resulting knowledge gained are your most dear of friends. You need to associate a dollar value with the needed repairs. Are the repairs going to require a structural assessment by a licensed Professional Engineer? Are the needed repairs such that they will require implementation by a licensed General Contractor? Can any of the items be corrected by a handyman who specializes in general repairs? Seek out and obtain estimates from the contractors that will be performing the repairs. Use all of the resources available to you to attain information and make good decisions. Your experienced, professional real estate agent, assuming you’ve retained that service, is in an excellent position to assist you in this endeavor. The typical professional real estate agent has, at their disposal, a vast wealth of knowledge and resources about how to go about dealing with the contents and issues of a Home Inspection report. That’s part of what they do in representing their clients during a real estate transaction.

Your success in your real estate transaction is at least partly dependent upon gathering appropriate information, processing that information, and making informed decisions based upon that information. Doing so in a calm, direct and straight-forward manner…with as little involved emotion as possible…will likely be contributory to a positive outcome.

Staging an Open House

Houses for sale will receive more offers when an open house is staged correctly. The reason that this works so well is that clearing out the homeowners personal things potential buyers can see their things in the houses for sale easier. To stage a correct open house and receive more offers for the home, there are steps that you must take.

Step one

Look at your home with a buyer’s eye and see what turns you off about the home that can be fixed for a small amount of money and little time. One thing that is an easy fix it change unattractive paint colors. It is best if you choose neutral colors or some shade of white. This makes it easier for a potential buyer to picture the walls done in their favorite colors.

Step two

Once you have any paint issues taken care of look at any fixes that need to be dome to the outdated or dated areas of your home. For example, in the kitchen the cabinets can be updated by just changing the hardware. If they have been painted and the paint is peeling, you should scrape the paint off and either paint them again or varnish them. Although it could be expensive and time consuming if the floor is tile or linoleum and it is stained or cracking you should replace it. No potential buyer wants to walk into a room and see stained, cracked flooring. This goes for the bathroom also. In the bathroom, make sure that if there is tiling around the tub or the shower you need to make sure it is clean, mildew, and mold free. You also need to make sure that the carpet is clean and odor and stain free.

Step three

Many houses for sale have small repairs that will need to be repaired before hosting an open house. Take time to check out every room for any repairs such as loose floorboards, a missing railing on the staircases, cracks in the walls, electrical sockets that do not work, or burnt out lights.

Step four

Rent storage unit and move personal accessories and unneeded furniture to the unit. This can include small or large pieces of furniture that does not need to be in the home, personal collections, and family photos. You can make the rooms look more spacious if you keep the furnishings down to the basics. Make sure that every room serves a purpose like a family room, bedroom, etc. You can add accent pieces but not more than is necessary. These pieces can include plants, artwork, and pottery. Make sure that the lawn is mowed.

Following these tips for a successful open house will get more offers on houses for sale.

Home Security Products – The Best Way to Ensure the Security of Your House and Why

In order to make our house more secure we should first identify any potential threats. One of the greatest threats to the security of your house is burglary, also known as home invasion.

House burglaries may occur at any time of the day or night, especially when no one is at home. We all think that if we lock the doors at night that we are safe. And that might be true but let’s talk about the first floor of your house. Do you really check the locks on ALL of your doors at night or when you leave the house? What about your windows – are they all locked?

Hopefully the answer to that question is yes. But is it enough? Can’t someone just silently break your window and unlock it? It’s pretty easy to do, especially for burglars who have the tools and a lot of experience to go with it.

The same for doors – don’t you think that these creeps have ways to getting through the doorway? You better believe it or else there wouldn’t be so many burglaries every year.

Home Security Products are the best way to help make your doors and windows more secure. One way is to attach a Door Alarm or Window Alarm to each area. These items are small, inexpensive and really work. They give off a very loud and annoying sound that will alert everyone in the house that someone is trying to get in to do some harm.

These alarms are also often heard by your nearby neighbors, giving them a chance to call 911 and maybe get a good description of the bad buys as they’re running away.

There are also alarms for your outside. Some of these devices will silently notify you inside your house that people are approaching your front door so that you can call the police before they realize they have been detected.

If, for some reason, you don’t want a Door Alarm but still want door protection, there are many inexpensive but very strong Door Braces which will keep bad guys from getting into your house through the door.

You also need to secure your home from threats posed by toxic substances. This is essentially needed to protect your children as well as your elderly parents or relatives. Ensure that you have a safe cabinet where you can lock all of your household cleaning solutions, insecticides and air fresheners. Most of these chemicals are poisonous and can result in sickness and ultimately death if consumed.

Make sure you have the number of your local poison control center to guide you on what to do in case of a poisoning incident.

There are many other Home Security Products to protect your house and these are just a few suggestions. Obviously there are many more and I hope I have given you a start on thinking of more and putting them into use so you won’t become the victim of an accident or crime statistic.