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Maids and Moore Helping Cancer Patients During COVID-19

By Lucy Lee, Cleaning For A Reason

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MAIDS AND MOORE SAFELY DISINFECTING HOMES & OFFICES

Austin and Conroe, Texas – May 6, 2020 Since opening in 2008, Maids and Moore Cleaning Services has been teamed up with Cleaning for a Reason, a nonprofit serving cancer patients. For over 12 years, Maids and Moore has donated house cleanings to a total of 195 cancer patients with a donated value of $66,315 in cleanings. Maids and Moore was recognized by Cleaning for a Reason as the 2018 Top Maid Service Partner for most cancer patients served.

“Cleaning for cancer patients is a meaningful part of our business,” said owner Holly Moore. “We all know someone who has battled cancer and understand the value of what it means to be supported at this difficult time. We’re honored to focus on their homes, while these patients focus on their recovery and time with family.”

Moore emphasized, “During this coronavirus pandemic, our homes and offices need to not only be cleaned—which means removing visible dirt, dust, and debris—but also to be sanitized and disinfected. While sanitizing reduces the occurrence and growth of bacteria, viruses, and fungi, disinfecting actually kills the pathogens of viruses and such organisms—making it more effective to rid the surface of such viruses.”

Maids and Moore is helping cancer patients by cleaning and disinfecting at least 15 homes per month for two consecutive months at no charge. This service will include their EPA-approved disinfecting misting service. The only requirement is that the homes be within the company’s existing territories of Travis and Montgomery counties and surrounding areas.

“Deemed an essential business, Maids and Moore is proud to do our part to help stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Moore. “Now more than ever, our clients, and especially the cancer patients, need our support to help ensure clean, safe, and healthy environments. We are prepared to both clean and provide our EPA-approved disinfecting misting service that kills pathogens for viruses, including COVID-19. We are now ‘cleaning for health’ as we slow the spread of infectious elements. Our staff has been trained to follow all CDC guidelines, including use of masks, gloves, and booties when entering a home or office.”

About Disinfecting Misting Services

sing a misting machine is a way of quickly and evenly coating a surface with a disinfecting solution. The mist will reach hard to clean areas, such as air ducts, cabinets, drawers, etc. Applying an EPA-approved disinfectant to surfaces with the appropriate droplet size ensures a dwell time of solution on the surface for a one-minute kill time of pathogen.   Watch how misting service is performed at maidsandmoore.com/epa-approved-electrostatic-disinfecting.

Learn more about EPA-approved disinfecting services at maidsandmoore.com/now-offering-epa-approved-disinfecting-on-every-cleaning.

About Maids and Moore Cleaning Services

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sing a misting machine is a way of quickly and evenly coating a surface with a disinfecting solution. The mist will reach hard to clean areas, such as air ducts, cabinets, drawers, etc. Applying an EPA-approved disinfectant to surfaces with the appropriate droplet size ensures a dwell time of solution on the surface for a one-minute kill time of pathogen.   Watch how misting service is performed at maidsandmoore.com/epa-approved-electrostatic-disinfecting.

Moore grew up in the small Texas towns of Ireland, Gatesville, and Troy—populations of 60, 15,591, and 1,409, respectively. Her upbringing instilled a well-developed sense of independence, a very practical nature, and a strong desire to make a difference in people’s lives. These traits are evident in how she manages Maids and Moore and serves her community. For more information about this company, see maidsandmoore.com.

About Cleaning for a Reason
Cleaning for a Reason partners with more than 1,200 residential cleaners throughout the United States and Canada to offer free house cleaning to any household battling cancer. Since 2006, the nonprofit and its partners have donated more than $13 million in services, helping more than 39,000 cancer patients. In 2017, Cleaning for a Reason was adopted by ISSA Charities, the charitable arm of ISSA, The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association. To learn more about Cleaning for a Reason and to apply for free house cleaning, see cleaningforareason.org.

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Giving the Gift of Love through FREE Disinfecting Cleaning Services

NOW OFFERING FREE EPA Approved disinfecting house cleaning services and Disinfecting Misting Service to households battling cancer

Year-round Maid and Moore Cleaning Services offer FREE house cleaning services to households with men, women, and children battling cancer through Cleaning For A Reason, a non-profit organization.  In light of our current situation, with COVID-19, for the whole month of May, we will be offering FREE Disinfecting Misting Services for an added layer of protection along with FREE disinfecting house cleaning services.

During a time, such as this it is important to not only clean our homes which removes visible dirt, dust and debris but also disinfect them.  With COVID-19 now in our daily life, we have all been compelled to take a closer look at our household cleaning. Visibly clean is just not good enough anymore.

Now, more than ever before we are seeking a level of clean that compares to that of healthcare facilities.  Hospitals are required by regulation to use EPA approved disinfectants to eliminate 100% of the organisms (virus, bacteria, fungi) present on a cleaned surface. Although not required by regulation, we want our customers to have the same safety and security that comes with this level of disinfection.

Maids and Moore is always looking for ways to improve our service and by adding EPA approved disinfectant and offering our new Disinfecting Misting Service, we are meeting the level of disinfection our customers need. We should all feel safe in our home environment and Maids and Moore want to help achieve that. Especially, for those that are battling cancer with compromised immune systems. We strive to make time for what matters most and to provide an environment for healing.

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“I wanted to express my appreciation to Maids and Moore and Cleaning for a Reason. I can’t tell you how much it means to have had my house cleaned by your team. When I was first told of the cleanings, I didn’t think I needed the help and I felt as a mother that I could do it all. And by asking or accepting help I couldn’t be a good Mom. After spending almost 8 months in and out of the hospital with my oldest son fighting cancer. I realized I couldn’t keep up with the house work. And having two more children and a husband at home as you can imagine made it even harder! My focus needed to be on my son and being there for him during the good and bad days. Your service allowed me to focus on what really matters most and still be able to have a clean home to come home to after our weeks stays at the hospital. It was one less worry, one less thing to do for this Mom. And for that, I can’t say Thank you enough! I guess it’s a pride thing, I have always cleaned my house myself and letting someone come into our home was letting you into our haven. I’m so glad I did! What Holly Moore and the whole team is doing to help those going through treatment is amazing! I can’t say enough good things!”  
~Lori Samarron

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“I wanted to thank you all for coming out and helping me with the house.  It was a God send. Y’all are truly amazing, and this help could not have come at a better time.”  ~Sibel Mandalinci

If you or someone you know is battling cancer to learn more please call

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Thank You for the opportunity to “Create time for what matters most through the gift of love in service”

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The Difference Between Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting

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During a time, such as this it is important to not only clean our homes which removes visible dirt, dust and debris but also disinfect them.  A misconception is that sanitization is the same as disinfecting. This is not true.  Sanitization is meant to reduce, not kill, the occurrence and growth of bacteria, viruses and fungi. Disinfecting a surface will “kill” the pathogens of viruses and such organisms. Making it more effective to rid the surface of said viruses. All EPA approved disinfectants have specific instructions and dwell times required to effectively kill pathogens. If not done as directed this would not be disinfecting rather sanitizing. Maids and Moore is trained and prepared to clean our customers’ homes and businesses and provide disinfecting services.

With COVID-19 now in our daily life we have all been compelled to take a closer look at our household cleaning. Visibly clean is just not good enough anymore. Now, more than ever before we are seeking a level of clean that compares to that of healthcare facilities.  Hospitals are required by regulation to use EPA approved disinfectants to eliminate 100% of the organisms (virus, bacteria, fungi) present on a cleaned surface. Although not required by regulation, we want our customers to have the same safety and security that comes with this level disinfection. Maids and Moore is always looking for ways to improve our service and by adding EPA approved disinfectant and offering our new Disinfecting Misting Service, we are meeting the level of disinfection our customers need. We should all feel safe in our home environment and Maids and Moore wants to help achieve that.

Call us today to learn more about our EPA approved Disinfecting Services we are currently offering!

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Book Now & Get FREE Disinfecting Misting Servies

Sign up for Routine Cleaning Services and get a FREE EPA Approved Disinfecting Misting Service at the Initial Cleaning (Deep, Make-Ready, Move’in). Offer Valid for a limited amount of time. ACT NOW!!

Click Here to learn more or for questions and scheduling Monday through Friday 8 to 5 at 1-844-468-3878 option 1

Watch below to see how our Disinfecting Misting Service works:

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NOW OFFERING: EPA approved Disinfecting Misting Services

What is Disinfecting Misting and How Does it Work?

Using a misting machine is a way of quickly and evenly coating a surface with a disinfecting solution. This is done by using a misting applicator to apply EPA approved disinfectant to all surfaces.

•Maids and Moore use a disinfecting solution that EPA has registered to kill level 2A (lowest level), 2B and 2C (highest level) emergent viruses. This disinfectant solution is registered with the EPA at the highest level 2C for emerging viral pathogens. COVID-19 was placed as a level 2A status (the lowest level).

•When this EPA certified disinfecting solution is mixed into the misting applicator it will dispense a mist on to surfaces that will kill pathogens to viruses such as COVID-19. The mist will reach in the hard to clean areas such as air ducts, cabinets, drawers, etc. Applying this EPA approved disinfectant to surfaces with the appropriate droplet size ensures a dwell time of solution on the surface of 1-minute kill time.

Why Maids and Moore is offering Disinfecting Misting Services!

To disinfect Maids and Moore office’s daily.

To have the ability to offer an affordable extra layer of protection for Maids and Moore customers such as:

•Moving into a new home

•Disinfecting customers’ existing home

•Auto Immune compromised homes

•Offices

•A way to sanitize air vents and things that are hard to disinfect like fabrics

Things to keep in mind about Disinfecting Misting Services and EPA Approved disinfectant

•Green Product: safe for homes, surfaces, people and pets

• The disinfectant product has a smell close to what chlorine smells like. If you’re sensitive to smell, plan to leave the home/office for 30 minutes to an hour, the smell will dissipate.

•Cost varies depending on the size of the home/office. It is based on the verified square footage of your home/office at $0.05 cents a square foot with a minimum of $95.00 plus tax.

•Put away all food. This product is safe per the manufacture but is at the customers’ discretion to have it applied to food products or not.

•Slightly open any drawers or cabinets of areas you would like to make sure the mist will permeate to.

Included are videos to show how disinfecting misting service are applied:

To schedule service or find out more information:

•Call 1-844-468-3878 Ext.#1 Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM

•Email at maidsandmoore@gmail.com

Maids and Moore is dedicated to being helpful regarding the current situation. Cleaning and disinfecting services are very important and essential, especially, currently. Maids and Moore will follow all CDC guidelines for staff and customers. Ready and willing to help our customers with keeping their homes clean and disinfected.  

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NOW OFFERING EPA Approved Disinfecting on Every Cleaning for residences and businesses

Did you know Maids and Moore Cleaning Services are trained and prepared to provide disinfecting cleaning services during and after COVID-19? We are now using an EPA approved disinfecting product that kills viruses and germs left behind on surfaces. In addition to residential cleaning, we are Now Offering cleanings for businesses during business hours.

Maids and Moore Customers,

We, like many other businesses, feel the need to address the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Every day, we closely monitor and analyze developments and statements from local, national and international health agencies and we are taking actions to comply with their directives and guidelines which are based on facts and medical science. There is no issue more important to us than making sure we manage this situation as effectively as possible in order to protect our staff and customers. 

Here is how we are addressing the issue within our office and with our staff:

1. Added an EPA registered disinfectant

Maids and Moore has added a new disinfecting product to our cleaning services that will be used to clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, and sinks. This product is EPA approved and will kill all virus germs left behind on the surface within minutes. It is also green and safe to use on all surfaces.

2. Staff precautions:

·Gloves and Cloth masks to be worn

·Staff trained on the New EPA registered disinfectant. Applying this disinfectant cleaner to all frequently touched areas in homes, businesses and offices. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, and sinks. 

· Staff will not be permitted to work if showing symptoms of being ill or have a fever, cough, and/or shortness of breath. Employees are to follow Maids and Moore call-in procedures in order to protect other staff and customers.

·Disinfect all supplies with EPA approved Disinfectant: spray and wipe down all cleaning supplies (vacuum, bottles, ladder, mop, caddies, etc.) with the EPA approved disinfecting spray after each clean.

3.) Social Distancing:

Maids and Moore Staff

CUSTOMERS HOMES: Maids and Moore staff are to stay 6’ feet away from all customers 

MAIDS AND MOORE OFFICES: Only 2 maids allowed in the Maids and Moore office at one time to pick up supplies, located in the front office ONLY. While employees are in the office employees must remain at least 6 feet away from others and wearing masks and gloves. Employees are to park in designated parking spots and when the car next to theirs returns with their supplies it is then that teams turn to enter the office. If employees are waiting to enter the office to get supplies, then employees are to remain in their car until their turn. 

Maids and Moore Customers

The safety and wellbeing of Maids and Moore customers and employees is priority. Maids and Moore does not want to be negligent in slowing the spread, but also wants to be there to provide disinfecting service for our customers who depend on us.  To help achieve this goal we ask that Maids and Moore customers do the following to help:

  1. Stay 6 feet away from any Maids and Moore employees. Maids will start on one side of the house and move to another and ask that customers mirror that movement in order to abide by correct social distancing guidelines.
  2. Reschedule if you or anyone in your household has ANY symptoms of being ill in the last 14 days.
  3. Reschedule if you or anyone in your household have traveled outside of the U.S. or any hot spot areas in the U.S. (example: New York, New Jersey, or California) in the last 14 days.
  4. Reschedule if anyone in your home has or is currently being tested for COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
  5. We will not be charging a reschedule fee, but please be sure to still notify us 24 hours before cleaning.  The more notice the better. 

Thank you for helping in this community effort. Maids and Moore believes if all follow CDC guidelines and everyone does their part, the faster we as a nation can get back to normalcy.

NOW OFFERING: Disinfecting Misting Services

What is Disinfecting Misting and How Does it Work?

•Using a misting machine is a way of quickly and evenly coating a surface with a disinfecting solution. This is done by using a misting applicator to apply EPA approved disinfectant to all surfaces.

•Maids and Moore use a disinfecting solution that EPA has registered to kill level 2A (lowest level), 2B and 2C (highest level) emergent viruses. This disinfectant solution is registered with the EPA at the highest level 2C for emerging viral pathogens. COVID-19 was placed as a level 2A status (the lowest level).

•When this EPA certified disinfecting solution is mixed into the misting applicator it will dispense a mist on to surfaces that will kill pathogens to viruses such as COVID-19. The mist will reach in the hard to clean areas such as air ducts, cabinets, drawers, etc. Applying this EPA approved disinfectant to surfaces with the appropriate droplet size ensures a dwell time of solution on the surface of 1-minute kill time.

Why Maids and Moore is offering Disinfecting Misting Services!

To disinfect Maids and Moore office’s daily.

To have the ability to offer an affordable extra layer of protection for Maids and Moore customers such as:

•Moving into a new home

•Disinfecting customers’ existing home

•Auto Immune compromised homes

•Offices

•A way to sanitize air vents and things that are hard to disinfect like fabrics

Things to keep in mind about Disinfecting Misting Services and EPA Approved disinfectant

•Green Product: safe for homes, surfaces, people and pets

• The disinfectant product has a smell close to what chlorine smells like. If you’re sensitive to smell, plan to leave the home/office for 30 minutes to an hour, the smell will dissipate.

•Cost varies depending on the size of the home/office. It is based on the verified square footage of your home/office at $0.05 cents a square foot with a minimum of $95.00 plus tax.

•Put away all food. This product is safe per the manufacture but is at the customers’ discretion to have it applied to food products or not.

•Slightly open any drawers or cabinets of areas you would like to make sure the mist will permeate to.

Below are a couple of videos to show how disinfecting misting service are applied:

To schedule service or find out more information:

•Call 1-844-468-3878 Ext.#1 Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 PM

•Email at maidsandmoore@gmail.com

Maids and Moore is dedicated to being helpful regarding the current situation. Cleaning and disinfecting services are very important and essential, especially, currently. Maids and Moore will follow all CDC guidelines for staff and customers. Ready and willing to help our customers with keeping their homes clean and disinfected.  

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How to Clean Marks Off Walls with Flat Paint

A dingy, scuffed wall can be quite unattractive. By cleaning the walls as well as other parts of the room, you’ll be making the place feel and look more appealing. However, bear in mind that walls with flat paint need to be well cared for. You don’t want to be too vigorous when scrubbing flat paint as that could wear down the finish, making for an unpleasant appearance. As such, it’s important to learn how to clean marks off walls with flat paint.

How to Clean Marks Off Walls with Flat Paint

In this article, we’ll highlight how to clean marks off walls with flat paint. It’s a simple step by step process that will have your walls clean and spotless in no time.

Find Out If You Have Flat Paint

Before starting the cleaning process, confirm that you have flat paint walls. This doesn’t refer to the texture of the walls but rather that the wall is a matte finish. Since flat paint doesn’t reflect light, it’s ideal for hiding imperfections in accent walls and ceilings. If your walls don’t reflect light at all, even from an angle and have 0-10 percent gloss, it’s safe to say they have flat paint.

Cleaning Supplies

How to Clean Marks Off Walls with Flat Paint

A household tip to consider is always having cleaning essentials in your home. Here are some of the cleaning supplies you’ll need to gather for cleaning flat paint walls:

  • Cloth or Sponge
  • Touch up Paints and Paintbrush
  • Detergent
  • Foam Cleanser
  • Eraser Sponge
  • White Vinegar

Cleaning Flat Paint Walls

First things first, be sure to clean dirt and stains from flat paint as quickly as possible. The longer you ignore the stains, the harder they are to clean. Here are a few tips for removing scuff marks, smears and smudges from flat paint walls:

Start the cleaning process by rubbing the wall with a clean, damp cloth or sponge. Sometimes plain water will do the trick and remove all stains, allowing you to avoid cleaning products. This will likely work if you deal with stains as soon as you see them.

How to Clean Marks Off Walls with Flat Paint

If plain water doesn’t work, consider adding vinegar to the damp cloth or sponge and scrub the walls gently. If vinegar doesn’t remove the stain entirely, you can try removing problematic spots with an eraser sponge. This gentle cleaning product should remove stubborn stains without damaging the paint. If you still have the original wall paint, you can use a painter’s brush to touch up the stained spot. Alternatively, repaint the entire wall with a new, more durable sheen.

For especially stubborn stains, our team here at Maids and Moore will ensure your home is squeaky clean with no marks on the walls.

Bottom Line

With these few tips, you now know how to clean marks off walls with flat paint. Remember that a professional cleaning company will have the right equipment, training and experience to keep your home looking and feeling fresh and clean. Our team is capable of tackling all types of stubborn stains and other household chores.

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17 Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your House

Selling your house can be both exciting and stressful, especially if it’s your first time. Regardless of why you decided to sell your home, there are a number of pitfalls you can easily fall into, making your home selling experience less than ideal. Luckily, we’ve put together a list of the most common home selling mistakes people make so you can sell your home knowing you have your bases covered. 

Underestimating the cost of selling your house

While you should ultimately profit from the sale of your home, many home sellers forget about the costs associated with selling a house. For starters, you should expect to use five to six percent of the total sale price of your home to cover the commissions of both the seller and buyer agents. For example, if you sell your home for $300,000 you could wind up paying upwards of $18,000 in commission. 

Furthermore, this hefty cost doesn’t include possible concessions homebuyers might want you to make during the negotiation phase, such as making repairs suggested by a home inspector.

Not budgeting for your move

When you consider the moving process, you have two options: hiring a moving company or borrow your buddy’s truck and doing it yourself. 

By hiring a moving company, rather than doing it yourself, you’re getting someone who will pack, move, and then unpack your belongings. This means that a full-service mover can be well worth the investment when you’re preoccupied with all of the other tasks associated with selling your home. Not to mention,when you hire movers your belongings are insured so you’re covered if anything breaks.

Selling a house you owe more on than what it’s worth

If you still have a remaining balance on your mortgage, you’ll most likely use a portion of the sale proceeds of your home to pay off the existing mortgage. Make sure you don’t owe more on your mortgage than what your house is actually worth or you won’t make enough money on the sale to pay off your mortgage. The best option is almost always to wait on selling your home so that it can build more equity. This way you can sell your home and buy a new one without having two mortgages at the same time.

Pricing your home incorrectly

If you price your home too high, your home may fall into seller’s limbo, sitting on the market for what feels like an eternity. On the other hand, if you price too low then you will likely sell your home quickly but you risk missing out on a significant amount of money. 

The first step to understanding how much your home is worth is utilizing an online calculator. Afterward, meet with your real estate agent to discuss a good pricing strategy for your home. They will look at other comparable properties in your neighborhood that sold recently as well as bring keen insights into what the housing market is currently doing. Together, you’ll determine a good starting price as well as a pricing strategy that will incentivise buyers if your house begins to sit on the market for too long.

Skipping a pre-listing home inspection

Selling a house is stressful enough, even when everything goes right. But if a homebuyer hires an inspector who catches an issue like mold, pests, or a cracked foundation, then your stress levels will multiply as you risk losing a potential sale entirely.

Given the affordability of home inspections, there’s not much reason to avoid them. Getting a pre-listing home inspection will put your mind at ease as you’ll either know that your home is in sound condition or you’ll be able to tackle problems before homebuyers have the chance to bring them up during the negotiation phase. If an issue does arise, you can either fix it or you can let buyers know and then make a concession during the negotiation phase by reducing the price of your home accordingly. 

Not refinishing hardwood floors or cleaning your carpet

If you’re reading this at home, look down. How do your floors look? Even if they don’t look terrible, there’s a pretty good chance they’re starting to show their age. Since potential buyers are going to be inspecting every aspect of your home, you should start thinking of refinishing your hardwood floors and cleaning your carpet.

The best time to have your carpet cleaned or hardwood floors refinished is right before you stage your home. Since you’ll already be moving most (or all) of your furniture to either a new home or a storage unit, this is a great time to get your floors done and make them a selling point to potential homebuyers.

Not staging your home for a quick sale

The main point of staging your home is to allow potential homebuyers the chance to picture themselves living in your space. They get to see a home with furniture and art that’s arranged in a way that highlights key features of your home, rather than an empty house that echoes every sound. Staging your home pays off too as 21 percent of agents told the National Association of Realtors that staging a home increased its’ sale price by as much as 10 percent, making it a worthwhile investment. 

Forgoing professional real estate photos

With the advent of cameras on smartphones, everyone likes to think of themselves as a photographer these days. Even though that picture you took of your dinner last week looked like it could be featured in advertisements, you’re still probably not ready to take your own real estate photos. A real estate photographer will make sure that your home looks great when you list it because not only do they have the equipment, they understand the angles that best sell a home. 

If you have a large home, a stunning view you want to show off, or a large amount of land, you may also want to consider having aerial photos taken of your home. The views that drones are able to capture are impressive and can help show off your home in a way that will make sure it stands out from other houses in your area that are on the market. Even better, drone technology makes this option more affordable than ever before, allowing you to get a lot more bang for your buck.

Trying to sell a poorly lit home

You want to show your home in the best light, so take the time to really gauge the quality of your lighting by closing your curtains/blinds and looking at each room as though you’re a potential homebuyer. Make a note of any rooms that are poorly lit or just seem dark and then call an electrician so that you can have some additional lighting installed. 

Even worse than a poorly lit room, however, is when the lights don’t work at all. Sometimes the light bulb is just burnt out, while other times the socket itself is in need of repair. Consider calling an electrician before you begin showing your home to make sure it’s shining its brightest. Potential buyers (and your bank account) will thank you for the investment.

Not making your home energy efficient

If you’d like to spend less on your utility bills, you aren’t alone. A study by the National Association of Realtors found that 33 percent of homebuyers see high-efficiency HVAC systems as an important factor when looking at a new home. If you have an older home, you should look into either retrofitting or replacing your HVAC unit altogether as your current system might be using a lot more energy than it needs to be. This will ensure that you have a system that is meeting your home’s needs, while also lowering your utility bill.

If you’re committed to energy-efficiency then there are a few extra things you can do. These options include making sure your home is properly insulated, ensuring that you don’t have any leaky air ducts, and buying a smart thermostat. Whichever route you pursue, having an energy-efficient HVAC system will make your house stand out from the competition. 

Not cleaning your house before trying to sell it

Most of us would probably be lying if we said our homes weren’t overdue for a good cleaning, so don’t forget to check this box before listing your home for sale. There’s nothing more off-putting during a home tour than realizing the house is dirty, and potential homebuyers may wonder what else you’ve been neglecting. By hiring a professional cleaning company, you’ll guarantee that not only is your home spotless but that you’re going to make a great impression on homebuyers when they tour your house. 

Not addressing the exterior of your house

Over the years, your home’s exterior has taken a beating from the elements. With everything mother nature throws at it every year, the paint on your home’s exterior and the stain on your deck have likely lost a bit of their luster. So before listing, be sure to pressure wash your house first. In addition to making sure your house looks its best in the listing photos, you will also enhance the overall curb appeal when buyers eventually show up for a tour. 

In addition to pressure washing your house and deck, you can also take the time to pressure wash your garage door, fence, patio, driveway, and any walkways you may have. 

You never got around to repainting

One of the first things a potential buyer will notice when they pull up to your home is the paint. If you want to make a good first impression, then you’ll need to ensure that your home is painted an inviting color and that the quality of your paint job is top-notch. While the job of repainting your house might take a few days, the value of painting your house before selling will be well worth the effort.  A recent study found that painting the exterior of your home has a 51 percent return on investment. 

Don’t stop with the exterior though! We’ve all seen some pretty questionable color choices on the walls of homes. If you happen to have a lime green or bright purple wall, you’ll want to repaint them to be a more buyer-friendly neutral color. Doing so will make it easier for buyers to be able to picture themselves living in your home as it makes them think of your walls as a blank canvas.

Selling a home with a yard in need of some TLC

The other way to make a great first impression is by wowing potential buyers with your yard. Start by cleaning up anything that may be cluttering your yard, porch, or pathways (things like gardening equipment or a child’s bicycle). Then you can move onto mowing the lawn, weeding your garden, and planting some new flowers. If your yard has a damaged pathway, you may also want to think about fixing or even replacing it as well. 

If these touch-ups seem like a lot to tackle while you’re trying to sell your home, don’t be afraid to hire a landscaper as the cost is well worth it. A study by Turf Magazine found that a home’s value tended to increase by as much as 10 to 12 percent after making upgrades to the landscaping.

You have mismatched appliances

Maybe your black stove died a couple of years ago and you replaced it with a brand new stainless steel one. Or maybe you swapped out that white kitchen faucet you always hated with a copper one that caught your eye. Either way, the result is mismatched appliances. While it won’t necessarily impact the overall sale price of your home, many homebuyers are going to find the mismatched color scheme off-putting, so consider making some changes before you sell. 

The best way to proceed is to decide which kitchen appliances are your favorite and base the color scheme off of them. So if that fancy new stove you bought last year is stainless steel, then make sure your other appliances are too. Luckily, many appliance manufacturers offer discounts if you purchase multiple appliances with them at once.

Lingering during a home tour

Nobody likes a lingerer, especially when they also happen to be the owner of the home you’re currently touring. If you don’t leave the home during a showing, then potential buyers feel awkward as they attempt to discuss what they like and dislike about the house. You also prevent your listing agent from being able to do their job to the best of their abilities as you’re naturally going to want to answer any questions the buyers have rather than leaving those questions to your agent. So instead of staying in your home during a showing, try taking the opportunity to go shopping, run errands, or visit some friends instead. Your agent will thank you.

Taking a Lowball Offer Personally

Regardless of your reasons for moving, the fact that you’ve probably lived in your home for years means that you have a lot of strong feelings attached to it. So when you receive a lowball offer, it’s natural to be offended. 

Instead of walking away, send them back a counteroffer that you and your real estate agent think is fair. If they really are interested, then you’ll be glad you didn’t let your emotions get the better of you.

Originally published on Redfin

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