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Clean Machine: Tackling the Fridge and Freezer

by Bill Nelson - Broker

If there’s a funky smell coming from the depths of your refrigerator or small icebergs forming in your freezer, it’s time to bite the bullet and do a deep clean. Not only will this make for an odor-free, organized environment for your fresh and frozen foods, more importantly, it will ensure your food’s safety. Follow these tips from the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association to make the task easy and effective:

1. Prepare. Unplug the refrigerator to save energy and to safely clean coils. Empty ice from your freezer into a cooler where you can store food you plan to keep. Fill the sink with warm soapy water for cleaning shelves and drawers. Set out dishtowels on counter tops for drying. Fill a spray bottle with a cleaning solution of 1cup water, 1 teaspoon of white vinegar and 1 teaspoon of dish soap.

2. Purge. Empty the refrigerator, then the freezer, and place items on counter. Take time to sort and discard old, unwanted foods, drinks and condiments. Check expiration dates and beware of moldy and freezer-burned foods. When in doubt, toss it out!

3. Clean. Remove drawers and shelves and clean them in the sink with warm soapy water; set aside to dry. Spray the interior with cleaner, and wipe from the top down with a warm, wet sponge or towel. Thoroughly dry and replace drawers and shelves. Wash the exterior door and handles. Replace water and ice-maker filters if needed. Clean the grill on bottom front of refrigerator. Consider cleaning the condenser coils for optimum cooling efficiency (refer to manufacturer directions).

4. Check Temps. Food kept too long or at improper temperatures can become contaminated with bacteria, which can cause foodborne illness. Your refrigerator temperature should be at or below 40 degrees and your freezer 0 degrees or less to ensure food safety. You can check the temperatures with an appliance thermometer.

5. Organize. When restocking your clean refrigerator and freezer, organize according to usage and group like items together. Label and date new foods so you know when to use or throw out. Do not store perishable foods in the door as temperatures fluctuate there. Place meat, poultry or seafood in containers or sealed plastic bags and keep fruits and vegetables in separate drawers away from the meats to avoid cross-contamination.

Source: National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association 

Use Color Trends to Stage Your Home

by Bill Nelson - Broker

 

A favorite trick of home stagers is to pay attention to the hottest colors and incorporate those hues into the design and look of a home. That’s something that anyone who is selling a home should consider, and all it takes is a little research. To help people with ideas on how to decorate rooms, paint companies and designers announce their colors of the year along with trends in color palettes.

For 2017, Benjamin Moore has chosen Shadow 2117-30 as its Color of the Year. The color is a deep, rich violet or amethyst and is described as “exhibiting a variety of nuanced undertones as the light in a room shifts during the day.” This color has already made its way into various industries including textiles, home accessories, fashion, fine art and automotive.

Sherwin-Williams’ color palette trends for 2017 focus on renewed spirituality, body and soul nourishment and a determination to define a sense of self. Each of its four palettes (each of which consists of 10 colors) tells a distinct color story, offering opportunities for homeowners to explore color in new and exciting ways.

The first palette, Noir, is driven by baroque and romanticism trends, a renewed interest in faith and spirit, and a celebration of the night. The Noir palette is rich with colors that evoke vine-ripe fruits, Nordic blues, moody neutrals and golden yellow.

The company’s Holistic palette includes arctic neutrals, blush rose, wild browns and forest-floor green.

Intrepid is a palette inspired by impatience for social and political change and includes fiery oranges, vibrant kimono colors and the simplicity of black, white and gray. Finally, Sherwin-Williams Unbounded palette is influenced by global immigration and how it redefines national identities. Captured in this palette are earthy mustards and browns as well as ocean blues and corals.

Other colors that designers seem to be gravitating towards in 2017 include colors that bring a feel of the outdoors— greens, blues and earth tones, though a splash of royal colors of purple and orange seem popular as well. Green invokes nature, tranquility, and being more peaceful, and earth-toned taupes make you feel more grounded.

Now that you’ve come up with the colors, it’s time to put them to good use. Painting rooms is the most obvious way to incorporate them into the home, but you could also bring in furniture, rugs and decorative accessories in trend colors to help your home stand out from the rest.

I hope you found this information helpful. Contact me for your real estate needs today!

Moving Checklist

by Bill Nelson - Broker

Moving can be a hassle, especially when we fear were forgetting something. This moving checklist infographic will help keep you on track as well as informing you of deductibles that could apply to you.

How Not to Sell Your Home

by Bill Nelson - Broker



While the fundamentals of home staging, like de cluttering, and removing family photos, are critical when it comes to getting your home sold, it’s just as important to focus on what not to do as certain factors can act as immediate deal breakers to would-be buyers. Make sure your for-sale home doesn’t include any of the following turn-offs:

Odors. Whether it’s pet odors, last night’s stir fry or that musty basement, any type of strong odor can be an immediate deterrent to a buyer, no matter how beautifully your home is decorated or staged. We usually get accustomed to our home’s unique scent, so have a professional cleaner do the necessary work to make the environment odor-free.

Artwork. While all art is certainly subjective, keep in mind that not everyone will appreciate artwork with severe subject matter or nudity. Stick to subtle landscapes and still life subject matter, or remove artwork altogether. Sparsely decorated walls will make your home appear more spacious.

Collections. Your shelves of antique dolls or Norman Rockwell plates might be your most prized possession, but for prospective homebuyers who don’t share the same affinity, collections can skew their opinion of your home - not to mention, make it appear very cluttered. Pack away your beloved collectibles in preparation for their new home.

People. Sometimes, being present during showings can be a plus - you can provide buyers with certain details about your home and what you love most about the neighborhood. But most people don’t want the owners present when they tour a home. So clear out and give them the freedom to pour over every detail of your home and make honest comments to the REALTORS.

Weeds. Curb appeal really is everything, so if your yard isn’t up to snuff, buyers may turn around before they ever step foot inside. There’s no need to break the bank - just make sure the basics are covered: mow the lawn, weed borders and beds, trim bushes and trees, and remove all sticks, leaves and debris.

For more tips and advice on getting your home in perfect condition to list, contact me. 
                         


 

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