Monthly Archives: December 2017

Get Your Home Ready For An Appraiser

If friends are coming over, then you want your home to look nice. A decent cleaning can take care of that but that doesn’t mean going through your closets or garage looking for rubbish to throw out. On the other hand, if you’re getting your home ready for an appraiser, then tossing out that rubbish is exactly what you should be doing. In fact, there is a lot you could accomplish that can increase your chances for a strong appraisal. Here’s what to think about:

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The Outside of the House

First impressions matter. What is the first impression the outside of your home makes? Does it look run down? You can make small improvements like adding potted plants and painting the front door. Renting a power washer will let you quickly clean the roof, siding and windows. Bright and shiny are always good options for the outside of your home.

Make Minor Fixes

You don’t want to undergo a remodeling project just before an appraiser shows up. However, you do want to take care of as many minor repairs as you can. Little things like a faucet that drips or missing grout in the bathroom can negatively impact your final appraisal value. They are also very easy to fix. Devote a Saturday to making these repairs even if it means several trips to the hardware store.

Promote the Neighborhood

Your appraiser might not be from the neighborhood. They’ll have no idea how many cool restaurants and shops might be within walking distance. Add to this list the schools, churches and hospitals and you’ve created a very attractive community. That can significantly increase the value of your home.

Haul Away Rubbish

You don’t want the appraiser to navigate through rubbish in your garage, basement or yards. They’ll also be looking at the space in the closets. All of those areas need to be cleared of clutter. They obviously don’t have to be empty but if you’re holding onto junk, then it’s time to let it go. That is easily taken care of with one session of Junk King Pittsburgh. The team that will be assigned to your appointment will quickly go through every room to pull out the stuff you deem as useless. If you want to impress your home appraiser, then start with a junk removal session with Junk King Pittsburgh.

How To Fall Proof Your Home For Seniors

The worst thing that can happen to any senior is to take a fall. This problem is compounded if they are alone when it happens and can’t get up. This is why you need to take proactive steps to fall proof your home. Here’s a good checklist to go through:

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Bathroom

Most falls occur in the bathroom as someone is getting in or out of the tub. Properly placed grip rails can help with those transitions. The bathroom will also be safer with non-slip mats on the floor and in the tub. You also want to make sure the outlets are properly grounded. It also helps to make sure the actual water temperature is between 105 and 120. Anything hotter is going to cause scalding. You won’t even notice the difference.

Living Room

Is it easy to get around the living room? It might help to remove things like footstools or ottomans. Are they really being used? If not, then consider getting them taken away. Area rugs need to be firmly secured to the floor. You can use double stick tape but make sure the corners and edges are properly secured.

Bedroom

There should be ample lighting throughout the house. In the bedroom, a lamp should be within reach of anyone sleeping in bed. In addition, there should also be a flashlight on a nightstand in case of a power outage.

Hallways and Stairs

Hallways and stairs have to be cleared of clutter. These should definitely not be used for storage areas of any boxes, magazines, toys, sporting goods or newspapers. If there are no lights in these areas, then consider adding lights that are triggered by motion. That way there will always be light.

Overall, you need to remove any rubbish item from your home. Even if you’ve got rubbish in places where your senior would never go, it should still be removed to improve the overall impact of your home.

To get your rubbish gone in a single session, you’ll want to bring in Junk King Pittsburgh. You’ll be amazed at how quickly the team from Junk King can go through your entire home picking up all the things you want taken away. To really fall proof your home, get Junk King Pittsburgh to take out the rubbish today.