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9 Easy Home Improvements to Help Sell Your Home Fast!

You’ve been trying to sell your home and you did everything you thought was expected of you. You connected with a real estate agent, had professional photos taken of your house, and opened your home to numerous strangers as they paraded around your halls on private tours and open houses. But after weeks of your home being listed, not a single reasonable offer has been made. Sound familiar?

Currently, the median number of days a home sits on the market is 41 days. And, of course, the longer your home sits on the market the more control homebuyers have when it comes time for negotiations. So, take your house out of seller’s limbo by adding perceived value (and actual value) to your home. Here are nine easy home improvements you can do that will make your house more appealing to potential home buyers and help sell your home fast.

1. Upgrade Your Mailbox

Upgrading your mailbox might seem like a rather silly thing to do at first, but if we are talking about making a great first impression to potential home buyers, the mailbox is often the very first thing someone sees before pulling in the driveway. It’s also the easiest home improvement you can do.

It could just be a new mailbox that replaces the old, weathered one you’ve had for years. And let’s face it, most homeowners don’t put much thought into what their mailbox looks like, often becoming an eyesore to your driveway. Or, you could upgrade to a “Next Generation” mailbox that allows USPS to deliver large packages to your mailbox instead of your front door. And we all know packages that are apparently visible to any passerby have a better chance of not being taken.

In fact, with more and more consumer products being purchased online and delivered to homes, you may even consider upgrading to a security mailbox that keeps your mail and packages safe from theft altogether.

Either way, upgrading your mailbox is a simple, cost-effective method of bringing perceived value to your home.

2. Paint Your House Inside and Out

This cannot be emphasized enough, but painting the inside of your home with a fresh neutral color goes a long way with potential homebuyers. For example, your kids’ rooms may have very unique colors that they had insisted upon at one time, but not every potential buyer is going to enjoy that purple room as much as your kid does. You’ll want to put a fresh coat of paint on those walls so anyone touring your home can envision themselves living in your space.

In fact, everything you’re doing to prep your home for sale is making your home look its very best and allowing potential homebuyers to envision themselves in every room of your house. You want people touring your house to think, what if I bought this house? This room could be my office, nursery, guest bedroom, etc. However, it becomes hard for potential buyers to envision themselves in a room with purple walls.

Alternatively, painting the exterior of your home may be the best solution to getting your home sold faster. If your home’s color has faded from its former glory, the paint is chipping, or your house has always been that home on the block the neighborhood kids call the orange house, you may want to consider getting your home painted a more contemporary color. Though painting the exterior of your home can be pricey, when done by professionals, the process has a very quick turnaround time and the result will be sure to leave a lasting impression on potential buyers.

3. Enhance Your Curb Appeal

It doesn’t matter if you live in Dallas, TX or Portland, OR, enhancing your curb appeal can go a long way toward making a great first impression on potential homebuyers.

First, you’ll want to look at your landscaping in front of and around your house. How does your lawn, trees, and overall vegetation look? Make sure your lawn is freshly trimmed, all dead debris (like sticks and leaves) are picked up, and 2 to 3 inches of fresh bark mulch is placed around your shrubs, trees, and plants.

Do you have hedges that line your property or some other form of fruit or decorative trees on your property? Having your hedges trimmed and your trees cut back can make your yard go from something that resembles an unruly wilderness to a well-maintained and welcoming paradise.

Also, if you don’t already have decorative plants bringing color to your front driveway and entrance, a few well-positioned potted plants are an inexpensive and inviting sight for newcomers to your home.

4. Clean, Declutter, and Stage Your Home

Nothing turns potential homebuyers away faster than an unkept and cluttered home. If you’re looking to sell your house quickly, it might be a good idea to hire professionals to get your house in order. Decluttering and staging your home is a must if you want to make your home and all its uniqueness shine its best for potential buyers.

If your closets are overflowing with winter jackets, or you have too many large pieces of furniture in your living room, your spaces will not be showcased the way they should be. People touring your home like to look not just at the larger rooms, but also poke around in closets, drawers, and other storage areas to make sure their stuff will fit. If your stuff is in the way, that makes it much harder for buyers to see themselves in your space.

Furthermore, a deep cleaning is a must before any open house or home tour takes place. If you have a cat or dog (or both), you probably don’t smell them anymore. However, people that don’t have pets are acutely aware of homes that do, simply because it’s a scent they’re not used to. If you’re looking for a quick turnaround, a professional can help eliminate odors, stains, and any number of other things you may no longer be aware of and make your home feel brand new again.

5. Fence in Your Backyard and Refinish Your Deck

It’s amazing what a refinished deck or new cedar fence enclosing a backyard can do for a home. Not only is it functional and aesthetically pleasing, but the return on investment is nothing to shy away from if you’re looking for an easy project that will help you get your home sold fast.

In fact, the national average in 2019 for recouping the cost of a wood deck addition on a home is 75.6%. So, although you may take a small hit financially by adding a wood deck onto your house, you would recoup most of the cost and potentially sell your home faster because of the added feature.

Likewise, adding a fence to your property can do wonders for your home in a relatively short period of time. And according to a 2018 survey by the American Pet Product Association,67% of U.S. households own a pet,” meaning over half the people touring your home have a fuzzy little friend, and a fenced in backyard is a bonus to some homebuyers but a must for others.

6. Fix Your Light Switches and Update Your Fixtures

So it’s true, people touring your home will play with your faucets, open your drawers, and test ALL your light switches. If you have a light switch that doesn’t work (or an electrical outlet), now is the time to get it fixed. Light switches that do not work signify to homebuyers that your house may have electrical issues, when in fact, it may be something much more simple. Nonetheless, at that point, you’ve already lost that potential offer.

You’ll also want to replace all your burnt out light bulbs to make sure every room in your house is bright and inviting. Furthermore, all your interior lights should be the same color temperature for consistent lighting throughout your house.

Updating your light fixtures, ceiling fans, and even your hardware on doors and cabinets is an easy and cost-effective way of increasing the perceived value of your home. If you already have an electrician fixing your light switches, they could also replace your dated brass light fixtures with ones that have a more contemporary feel. Beyond making your interior appear more modern to homebuyers, you can take this opportunity to find fixtures that can help brighten your home and make it stand out among other homes for sale in your area.

7. Upgrade Your Garage Door

Installing a new garage door is one of the simplest and quickest ways to give your home a much-needed facelift and impress potential homebuyers. New garage doors recoup nearly all the money invested into them, and, in some areas like the west coast, a new garage door actually recoups more than its initial investment at 123.8% on average. Meaning your new garage door could actually put money back in your pocket.

There are several styles and designs to choose from, just make sure that you go with a style that fits the look of your house. Especially if you’ve recently painted your home a more contemporary color, a new garage door can be that easy home improvement that pushes home lookers into actual offers.

8. Get a New Front Door

Give others entryway envy by upgrading your front door and transforming the character of your home. Over the years, front doors see a lot of abuse and begin to look worn and tired. Luckily, a new front door is quick to replace and a very cost-effective way of making your entryway unique and aesthetically pleasing to anyone stepping up onto your doormat.

Solid wood doors are always a classic style for homes not to go out of style anytime soon. They’re solid and typically last much longer than alternative materials like fiberglass. Additionally, front doors with inlaid glass can also give your entryway more natural light for the interior of your home. Either way, a new door is a quick and easy way to impress homebuyers.

9. Update Your Kitchen Appliances for a Fresh Look

If you’re looking to sell your home quickly, updating your kitchen with modern and timeless stainless steel appliances is a great way to go. Though this can be costly, new appliances really appeal to first-time homebuyers, and as a result, you could see more competitive offers.

Furthermore, there is a good possibility your appliances probably need to be updated anyway. Typically, larger appliances like fridges and stoves should be replaced every 10 years, while smaller appliances it’s recommended to be replaced every 5 years. Nonetheless, updated appliances are a safe bet if you’re looking to sell your home fast.

Originally published on Redfin

Clean a Messy House Checklist

When you’re dealing with a messy house, you need to have a game plan in mind. Your strategy needs to take on leaning in a systematic, organized way while still maintain the flexibility to add a few custom wishes. Here’s a simple, clean a messy house checklist that can make cleaning less complicated.

Clean A Messy House Checklist

Clean A Messy House Checklist

The first thing to bear in mind is that your plan needs to be reasonable. It can be tempting to take on too much and then being unable to clean up the mess. When coming up with a plan, you need to start by deciding what you want to accomplish, and prioritize the really critical things and do them first.

Once you’ve prioritized what you need to clean, and what you don’t, and how deeply you can clean based on the amount of time you’ve got, you can start working the plan you’ve created. The checklist below ensures you don’t leave out anything important.

Cleaning Supplies You’ll Need:

•    Scrub brush

•    Microfiber Cloths

•    Dishwashing detergent

•    All-purpose cleaner

•    Disinfecting cleaner (for the inside of garbage bins)

•    Rubber or latex gloves to protect hands

Kitchen Cleaning Tasks

•    Clean the oven

•    Organize pantry

•    Wipe the insides and outsides of kitchen cabinets

•    Empty your sink by cleaning up all the dishes, pans and pots

•    Wipe down the stovetop

•    Clean inside the microwave

•    Empty trash can

•    Run the dishwasher and later empty it

•    Sweep and mop the floor

•    Clean the refrigerator

•    Change the kitchen towels

Bathrooms

•    Wipe the insides of cupboards and drawers

•    Inspect your medicine cabinet and get rid of expired, outdated and unused medication and dispose of them properly

•    Remove wastebaskets/rugs

•    Clean the toilet

•    Sweep and mop the floor

•    Wash or vacuum bath rugs

•    Change out hand towels and guest towels

•    Clean mirror(s)

•    Wipe down counter and sink

•    Clean shower stall/bathtub

Entryway Cleaning Tasks

•    Sweep and clean up the front door area

•    remove dust

•    get rid of clutter

•    make sure there’s space to place shoes and hang clothes

•    vacuum or clean the floor

Living or Family Room Cleaning Tasks

•    clean and tidy sitting areas such as chairs and couches

•    dust

•    empty the trash can

•    declutter the room and other areas

•    vacuum or clean the floor

Bedroom Cleaning Tasks

If you’ve already dusted the room, removed clutter, vacuumed or cleaned the floor and tidied the closets, your bedrooms should be clean. To finish up, simply:

•    change bed linens and make the bed

•    return any furniture that you may have put out to vacuum earlier

•    fold laundry and put them in the dresser

Windows

•    use a streak-free glass cleaner and wipe with newspapers

•    if you have large and hard to reach windows, you can clean them with a professional squeegee

Maintaining a clean house is always much easier than cleaning a messy one. It’s crucial therefore to start by cleaning the mess so that your house is easier to keep clean. With this clean a messy house checklist, you should have an easy time ensuring your house is tidy all year round. For more information, Maids and Moore has the experience and the knowledge to help you with you house cleaning questions.

National Cleaning For A Reason Week with Maids and Moore

Cleaning For A Reason now expanding to service households with men, women, and children battling cancer.

Maids and Moore is celebrating Cleaning For A Reason Week proclaimed by the mayors of each division on April 18-24, to help raise awareness and funds to reach more families in need. Cleaning For A Reason has expanded to not only help women battling cancer but also men and children who are battling cancer, as well.
Since opening in 2008, Maids and Moore Cleaning Services has been teamed up with Cleaning For A Reason, an international nonprofit serving cancer patients. Over 11 years, Maids and Moore has generously donated house cleanings to more than 110 cancer patients throughout Travis and Montgomery Counties. “Partnering with Cleaning For A Reason has been amazing as it allows us to help cancer patients in their time of need by doing what we do best,” said owner Holly Moore of Maids and Moore. “We’re honored to donate the gift of a clean home to those fighting for their life. It is important for our company to give back and have a positive impact on our community.” Maids and Moore is bringing heightened awareness of the cause to Travis and Montgomery Counties during National Cleaning For A Reason Week, April 18-24. The goal is to help more households battling any type of cancer. During this special week and in celebration of their 11 years of donated cleanings, Maids and Moore will be taking on more charitable cleans. Maids and Moore has agreed to help cancer patients by cleaning at least 15 homes per month for two consecutive months at no charge. The only requirement is that the homes be within the company’s existing service areas of Travis and Montgomery County and surrounding areas.
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 $11 million in services, helping more than 33,000 cancer patients. In 2017, Cleaning For A Reason was adopted by ISSA, the worldwide cleaning industry association, joining the ISSA Charities arm. To learn more about Cleaning For A Reason and to apply for free house cleaning, see cleaningforareason.org.
If you know a special family in your life that is battling cancer here is an opportunity to give them the gift of a clean home.

Call us to learn How To Apply at 1-844-GOT-DUST

Maids and Moore Cleaning Services, 1-844-GOT-DUST, www.maidsandmoore.com

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Most Loved Cleaning Service

Check it out! Maids and Moore have been announced as 2019 Most Loved Housecleaning Service. Thank you for your support and loyalty to Maids and Moore. We are proud and honored to provide quality service to our community.

With Great Love~ Maids and Moore

Hulafrog Austin West, TX· 

Happy Valentine’s Day! 💘

We are super excited to announce the winners of the 2019 Hulafrog Austin West, TX Most Loved Awards. The parents of West and Southwest Austin agree – these local businesses are the bee’s knees. CONGRATS! 😍

🏆 SEE WHO WON ➡️ https://bit.ly/2R8WRS6

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PINKTOBER-Free Cleanings for Women battling Cancer

                                                        October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Having a breast cancer awareness month increases the awareness of the disease and many international charities raise funds to research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure.

Breast Cancer Awareness month also offers support to those affected by breast cancer.

Maids and Moore offers support by giving women, fighting cancer in our 3 Texas locations
free house cleanings.

Maids and Moore is a proud partner of Cleaning for a Reason since 2008 a non-profit organization that allows us to give FREE house cleanings to women who are battling cancer.

Through Cleaning for a Reason, Maid and Moore give the gift of free house cleaning for women undergoing treatment for any type of cancer.

We allow these brave and strong women focus on their health and treatment while we focus on, and take away the worry and work of, cleaning their homes– free of charge.

The best part about receiving our free cleanings is the quality services these women will receive from us. Ensuring them to have a clean and healthy home during their battles with cancer. Removing worry and concern from them and their families plates and allowing more time for what matters the most.

Maids and Moore is honored to be partnered with Cleaning For A Reason. A non-profit organization that allows us to give FREE house cleanings to women who are battling cancer.
If you or a woman you know is battling cancer please apply at www.cleaningforareason.org
To speak with someone please call us Monday thru Friday 8 to 5 at 1-844 GOT DUST

 

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Featured in Cleanify Magazine

With great honor, Cleanify Magazine has featured

Maids and Moore

We could have never dreamt 9 years ago that we would have such an accomplishment as this along with a few other magazines in Texas.

We are honored and blessed.

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Mayor Proclaims April 18-24 National Cleaning for a Reason Week in Conroe, Texas

Maids and Moore is celebrating Cleaning For A Reason Week, April 18-24, to help raise awareness and funds to reach more women in need.
Maids and Moore Cleaning Services are proud partners of Cleaning For A Reason. Since 2008 we have had the privilege to serve 50 women battling cancer by providing them with free cleanings.  Allowing these women to focus on their health and families, not on cleaning their homes.
Maids and Moore helps women battling cancer by cleaning two homes per month in each of the three areas they serve for four consecutive months at no charge. The company’s service areas are Travis, Montgomery, and Bell and Coryell Counties. Insured and bonded, Maids and Moore’s trained cleaning technicians adhere to the company’s philosophy of 100 percent customer satisfaction. For more information about our company, go to www.maidsandmoore.com.
We have had the great honor to have had the Mayor of Conroe Proclaim it National Cleaning For A Reason week for April 18th thru April 24th.  This wonderful news has gained outstanding response by our viewers, customers, and families and has led to not only a Press Release with our General Manager Katelyn Langley in Conroe but also a Live Interview with KHOU News station in Houston.  
 
Please take the time to read and share our Press Release to raise awareness and don’t forget to paint this week pink.  
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City of Conroe Proclamation

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