Spring is in the air and in Columbus, Ohio that means there’s plenty of pollen and dust too. While we are all practicing responsible social distancing and staying home, why not take the time to do a deep cleaning?
Here are some ideas and tips from professional cleaners and organizers to help you get the job done.
- Designate an area to collect items to be donated. A closet, a corner of the garage, or a spare room. This way you can collect everything in one place until you are able to take it to a donation center.
- Pick a method for de-cluttering: Follow the Marie Kondo’s advice and clean out the entire house by category, in this order: clothing, books, papers, miscellaneous items, then sentimental items. Another approach is to tackle the task by area, one cabinet, closet, or room at a time.
- When cleaning, start from the top with ceiling fans, crown molding, door and window frames, and cabinet tops, and work your way down, finishing with the floors.
- Remember to clean these easily over-looked spots: the top of, underneath, and inside of the fridge, inside the microwave and oven, behind the washer and dryer, the dryer vent outlet, air vents, windows and screens, window blinds, computer keyboards and gaming controls, toys, the shower curtain and drain, the garbage disposal and splash guard, patio furniture, the grill, outdoor trash and recycling containers, and outdoor door mats.
- Set up an annual or semiannual appointment for carpet, rug and upholstery professional cleaning. A do-it-yourself option is to rent a cleaner from your local grocery or hardware store – these machines often have attachments to clean stairs and upholstery. If you don’t mind a little extra work and sweat, it’s a great way to refresh the home.
- Keep an ongoing list of needed repairs to tackle yourself or have a handyman come in periodically to check things off the list.
- Spruce up landscaping with fresh mulch and plants. Have tree limbs trimmed away from your roof.
- Have your home’s exterior pressure cleaned, including the roof, driveway and patios.
- Launder your bedspreads, blankets and mattress pads. Don’t forget about your pet’s beds also.
- Don’t waste money on a lot of cleaning products. Baking soda and vinegar can accomplish a lot for much less than brand cleaning products cost. Click here for some homemade cleaning solution from Good Housekeeping.
BONUS: Spring cleaning is also a good time to do a safety check on your home and hold a family fire or emergency drill. Check the pressure on fire extinguishers, test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, make sure doors and windows lock and open properly, and check for unsafe wiring, improperly stored flammable materials, and child safety hazards.
Sprucing up with the potential to list soon? Excellent – let’s connect to see what your home is worth today.
These are unprecedented times that we live in. The Covid-19 pandemic has changed how we socialize and conduct business. Some of that change is short-term and some may prove to be long-lasting.
In Columbus, Ohio, real estate has been deemed as an ‘Essential Service’. That doesn’t mean it’s business as usual. Realtors and related services are proceeding with caution as we innovate and prioritize ways to place health and safety first. With that said, real estate CAN be performed effectively with safety in mind.
I’m collaborating closely with clients as we proceed through the listing or buying process carefully. Realtors are also utilizing new contract addendum’s for Extensions and Terminations, which protect both the buyer and seller in a transaction should certain delays occur from government actions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. While some of our process have changed, the housing market in Columbus is still thriving; homes values remain strong and buyer’s are moving quickly with our low inventory. The following are just a few steps we’re adopting to ensure everyone’s health and safety through real estate transactions today. Click here for direct updates and safety precautions advised by the CDC.
The current understanding of the COVID-19 virus is that it does not remain airborne for long after coughing or sneezing. It resides the longest on surfaces such as counters and doorknobs. As we prepare to list and sell your home, I advise we follow these guidelines to ensure the safety of all parties:
- Instead of holding open houses, we may choose to add a video walk-through to our marketing
- We will limit the showing to just the agent plus two clients at a time. Now is not the time for the whole family to attend. I will convey a request the buyer’s agent to leave any children in the car with one adult while the other views the home and then the next adult can view the home.
- Before and after a showing, either myself or the sellers should wipe down all doorknobs and general surfaces with a disinfectant.
- To avoid buyers having to touch surfaces, seller’s should leave all interior doors and cabinets open and accessible.
- We will require that all agents and buyers wear a mask or thick scarf during the showing, as well as gloves. I will provide disposable masks and gloves which will be left out for agent and buyer use as needed – and I recommend sellers offer a trash receptacle for their safe disposal.
- If anyone in the household experiences any symptoms that fit those of the virus, I recommend getting tested (if available) and we postpone either listing or showing for at least two weeks.
Since the COVID-19 virus does not remain airborne for long and resides mainly on surfaces, you should be able to walk into a house and feel safe as long as you follow these guidelines:
- As a means of reducing the exposure to my buyers I am offering to do a video call tour of the homes.
- For in person showings, we are aiming to limit the showings to two clients at a time. For those with children, I request that the children remain in the car with one adult while the other views the home and then the next adult can view the home.
- Before and after a showing, we should all use a liberal amount of hand sanitizer and be sure rub it in thoroughly covering all of the exposed skin on your hands until fully absorbed.
- We will all wear a mask or thick scarf as well as disposable gloves, I will have extra on hand for use as needed. Only those with gloves should open doors and cabinets or touch any surfaces.
- If anyone in your household experience any symptoms that fit those of the virus, I recommend getting tested (if available) and we will postpone the search for at least two weeks.
We’re all in this together. I am offering virtual meetings and presentations for anyone looking to proceed with their buying or selling plans, or to answer any questions. If you have doubts about pursuing buying or selling a home right now, you are not alone. Many people are overwhelmed by the many unknowns we’re all facing. However, I am here to address your concerns around real estate, and talk through the options that best suit your needs and current concerns. If you have any questions or want to have a chat, please don’t hesitate to contact me.