Darlene Alferes' Blog
Household odors are impossible to avoid entirely. Things like cooking smells and pet odor are not what we want our home to smell like when visitors stop by. However, they can be difficult to subdue, especially in the cold months when we ted to keep our windows shut, and thus keep the odors contained within our homes.
In this article, we’ll cover some of the most common household odors and how to manage and eliminate them. We’ll also dispel a few myths about containing odors.
While the smell of food may seem delicious when you’re hungry, it can be nauseating if it is lingering in your house the next day. Certain smells seem to stick everywhere and are hard to get rid of. Fish, pork, and heavily seasoned dishes can taste great but have a tendency to outstay their welcome in the form of unpleasant smells.
Here are some tips for vanquishing those leftover odors from your kitchen:
Cook with the windows open. Open up the windows and use any ventilation systems that you might have over your home oven.
Have a cookout. For particularly stinky dishes like pork and frozen fish, cook them outside on the grill.
Grease management. If you must cook inside, use a splatter shield over frying pans to limit grease from getting all over your kitchen.
Thoroughly clean up. Wipe down your kitchen surfaces with a vinegar and citrus based cleaner and don’t leave any dishes in the sink.
Everyone loves their pets. The odors that come with them? Not so much. Here are some tips in eliminating pet odors.
Wash the pet’s bedding. If you have a dog or cat who sleeps in the same area every night, be sure to wash their bedding as regularly as your own.
Don’t mask smells, remove them. If a pet has an accident indoors, it’s important to disinfect and thoroughly clean the area. Air fresheners and candles will only mask the odor temporarily.
Carpet cleaning. Your carpets and hardwood floors cover a huge surface area of your home. Chances are your pet frequents those areas even more than you do. Regularly cleaning your carpets and mopping your hardwood floors is an important step to limiting pet odor.
We’ve all heard about the box of baking soda technique for eliminating refrigerator odors. However, unless you dump out the baking soda and scrub the interior of the refrigerator with it, it probably isn’t doing anything to limit odors. Baking soda companies may market their product as a way to reduce odors in the refrigerator, but the reality is that it would take a much larger surface area for it to affect the air in your refrigerator.
Instead, clean the interior of your refrigerator frequently with a vinegar and water-based solution, and make sure you throw out leftovers before the start to smell off.
Shoes and closet
If you’re looking for a new use for that baking soda that was sitting in your refrigerator doing nothing, this is the place for it. Sprinkle baking soda (or Gold Bond) into shoes and on the carpet of the floor before cleaning your closet.
Make sure to wash your seasonal clothes after the season. If you have unwashed sweaters, gloves, or scarves in your closet sitting there all summer they will begin to emit an odor.
For home sellers, transforming an ordinary kitchen into one that garners homebuyers' attention is no small feat. However, there are many quick, easy ways to clean your kitchen and ensure it will dazzle homebuyers any time they visit.
Here are three kitchen cleaning tips that every home seller needs to know.
1. Eliminate Wall Splatters.
Wall splatters can be major eyesores in any kitchen. Fortunately, home sellers who spend a few minutes identifying and addressing wall splatters can beautify their kitchens with ease.
If you notice waterborne kitchen wall splatters like ketchup, mustard or wine stains, you can use a wet cloth or paper towel to wipe away these problems immediately. Or, if you find grease stains on your kitchen walls, be sure to utilize a mix of dishwasher soap and water to minimize such issues.
Try to eliminate kitchen wall splatters as soon as you notice them. Wall splatters may become more difficult to minimize over time, and the sooner you identify them, the sooner you can eliminate them altogether.
2. Clean Out the Refrigerator.
Homebuyers will examine every nook and cranny of your house, so don't be surprised if they take a look inside your refrigerator. However, if your refrigerator is messy, overloaded with leftovers or has not been cleaned out in several years, it could negatively affect a homebuyer's impression of your residence.
Even devoting a few minutes to cleaning out your refrigerator daily can make a world of difference for home sellers. Wiping down the refrigerator shelves, cleaning the refrigerator drawers and getting rid of outdated products can give your refrigerator a clean, streamlined appearance.
Don't forget to place an open box of baking soda inside your refrigerator every few months too. This box will help absorb and eliminate odors consistently.
3. Check Out Your Dishwasher and Sink.
If you run your dishwasher daily, you'll want to clean it out and ensure there are no dishes, pots, pans or cooking utensils inside of it when homebuyers visit your residence. Instead, you should try to keep your dishwasher looking pristine, as this will help you show homebuyers exactly what your kitchen has to offer.
Plus, you should keep your sink as clean as possible. Be sure to clean the sink itself after you wash dishes in it. Also, try to avoid leaving dirty dishes in the sink, as this may cause odors to form that could move throughout your home.
Maintaining a clean, beautiful kitchen can be tricky, but there is always extra help available if you need it.
For example, your real estate agent may be able to offer kitchen cleaning recommendations and ensure you can find a professional cleaning company to help you beautify your kitchen. That way, you can reap the benefits of an immaculate kitchen, one that homebuyers are sure to appreciate and may enable you to speed up the home selling process.
Conduct an in-depth review of your kitchen today, and you can move closer to transforming a bland kitchen into a fabulous one.
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If you’re selling your home it can be frustrating when you aren’t receiving any offers. Perhaps you’ve heard that it’s a seller’s market and that the offers on your house would be flying in. However, it’s more complicated than that.
Whether or not your house receives offers is determined by a number of reasons--some that in your control, others that aren’t. But, that doesn’t mean you have to give up and sell your house at a low price.
In this article, we’ll discuss what to do if your house just isn’t selling. We’ll talk about some reasons why people may be hesitant to bid, to inquire about a showing, and to seal the deal and purchase your home.
Revisit the comparable properties
If your home has been on the market for a while, it’s a good idea to check out the other recent homes in your neighborhood to see how their prices compare to the listing price of your home. Since the market fluctuates, other sellers could be adjusting the cost to reflect the current rates, leaving yours higher than it should be.
When pricing your home, make sure you are comparing your house to those that have actually sold. Using houses that have been on the market for a while as a baseline might mean you’ve priced your home too high to sell just like theirs.
Also, make sure you are using houses that share many of the common features that yours does. This can include:
The year the house was built
Number of bedrooms and baths
The lot size
The condition of the home
Remember, it isn’t all just about location.
Getting more leads
If people aren’t making inquiries about your home, there are a few things you should check up on. First, make sure your listings are updated and accurate. The contact info should be easy to find, and you or your real estate agent should provide multiple means of contact (email, cell phone, text, etc.).
Next, ensure that you’ve given enough details about the house. If people are searching for a specific number of rooms but your listing doesn’t mention the number of rooms you have, you might be missing out on several inquiries.
Finally, make sure your photos are high resolution and well-lit. You want to make sure visitors to your listing can get a clear idea of what your home looks like. If your photos are small, dark, blurry, or if they make the house look cramped and cluttered, you should retake your photos or consider hiring a photographer.
Getting more offers
If you’ve had plenty of inquiries and showings but you aren’t getting any offers there may be a deeper, underlying issue that needs to be addressed. Usually, this means your home needs important repairs and upgrades that buyers simply don’t want to make.
If your house is priced to be move-in ready but it’s not, you’ll have to make some upgrades or lower the price.
Not working with an agent
Sellers can also have a difficult time getting offers if they attempt to sell the home themselves without using a real estate agent. If your home is FSBO (For Sale by Owner), you’re missing out on a number of listing services and connections that an agent can provide.