Archive for July, 2014

Moving Checklist – Where to Start

Posted on: July 28th, 2014 | No Comments

Moving checklistAre you contemplating a move? Already made the decisions to put your home on the market? This is a big undertaking with a lot of moving parts, so being prepared and organized is important. Today, we’re going through the pre-moving checklist. This list outlines everything you’ll need to do to prepare your home for the sales process.

 

  • Collect the papers: Utility bills, appliance manuals and even notes on paint colors or swatches for fabrics, all of this information can help to entice a potential buyer. It also gives you a chance to get organized and clean out some of the outdated information you may have been hanging onto otherwise.
  • Start getting repair estimates: Is your washing machine acting up or A/C unit on it’s last leg? Some buyers will want a discount on the overall price of the house to replace such things, while others will want them taken care of prior to signing. Repair estimates give you a realistic number and a bargaining chip to be used in during negotiation.
  • Assess your home’s curb appeal…objectively: We know you love your garden gnomes but potential buyers may not get their charm. We have many blogs with useful information about enhancing the look of your home’s exterior.
  • Start going through the clutter: Go through your entire home and begin to sift through everything. Find something you never knew you had? Get rid of it. Six spatulas in the kitchen, 3 can go. Old clothes in the back of the closet are only taking up room. Consider donating to a local charity or host a garage sale to move the merch and make a little money while you’re at it.
  • Start to put away the personal photos and trinkets: People who tour your home are trying to picture themselves in it, not you. Removing these personal touches may seem strange or cold but it can help move the house toward a sale more quickly.
  • Begin the deep clean: By this point in the sales process, you’ve likely boxed up and moved out the majority of your things. In some cases, you may have already moved into the new home or a transitional housing option. Once the house is essentially empty, it’s time to get on your hands and knees and scour everything. Floors, walls, ceiling, appliances, kitchen, bathroom and even the garage should all be gone over with a fine tooth comb. If you’re unable to do the deep cleaning yourself, enlist some family members or contact a local household cleaning company to help.
  • Take a step back: Once the deep clean is complete, it’s your realtors turn to take over. You’ve gotten through the most difficult part of the process and now you can sit back, relax and let your realtor do their job.

We understand that this list may seem overwhelming to start. Fortunately, you can find detailed moving checklists on our homepage to guide you. Each week has specific tasks and recommendation to ensure a smooth transition into your new home.

 

Bathroom Safety Tips from Inspect-It 1st

Posted on: July 14th, 2014 | No Comments

Bathroom safetyBathroom safety is a challenge in many homes. This room is often overlooked when it comes to safety measures, but it can be one of the most dangerous places in the house. In fact, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year about 235,000 people over age 15 visit emergency rooms because of injuries suffered in the bathroom. What do you know when it comes to bathroom safety in your home? Inspect-It 1st has collected 8 bathroom safety tips that can be implemented to protect you and your family from hazards in the bathroom.

  1. Use anti-slip rugs on the floors. When wet, these surfaces can be extremely slippery. Putting down pads and rugs will help prevent this. Bonus: Get a memory foam rug for extra cushioning and comfort on your toes!
  2. Use anti-slip mats in the bathtub or shower. It’s also important to make sure soap scum doesn’t build up in the tub to keep it from getting too slippery as well. Be sure to keep the tub clean to counteract slippery soap scum or mold.
  3. Clean your bathtub or shower frequently to remove mold or mildew. These are not only allergens, but also can cause stains and damage to the infrastructure of your bathroom.
  4. Install grab bars or rails in bathtub, shower and around the toilet. These are perfect for stability and can help if someone begins to slip.
  5. Use night lights and other lighting to illuminate the room during the day and night. Evening trips to the bathroom should be illuminated to avoid falls.
  6. Install electrical outlets with a ground-fault circuit interrupter to prevent surges and shocks. All outlets should be safely out of contact with water as well for obvious reasons. Bonus: Insert shock guards when outlets aren’t in use, especially when children are around.
  7. Lock the medicine cabinet. If you don’t have a locking cabinet, use childproof locks or request childproof medicine bottles to prevent accidental poisoning.
  8. Know your water temperature. Use a thermometer, and make sure the temperature doesn’t exceed 140º F. Temperatures above this marker can burn skin. (The same goes for pets, too!) Bonus: Lower your utility bill by reducing the temperature of your water heater to 120º F. This uses less energy and prevents scalding hot water from even reaching the bathtub or shower.  

The bathroom is filled with potential hazards, especially when water is involved. These simple bathroom safety recommendations can help protect both you and your family. Consider each of the suggestions above and evaluate your bathroom accordingly.

 

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