How to Keep the Bathroom Clean Longer

No one enjoys cleaning the bathroom, (if you do feel free to come on over and take care of mine whenever you like!) but it is something that requires a lot of hard work and needs to be done often. I am all for cleaning the bathroom less often than I have to, as long as it stays clean in the meantime.

Here are a few ways you can keep your bathroom clean longer:

1)  Moisture is the enemy! 

Make sure the shower walls, tub, and door are dry before after your shower. Keep a squeegee in or near the shower to remind everyone to wipe it down after each use.

2) Water repellant is your best friend! 

To make wiping down and cleaning your shower even easier, spray it with a water repellant. It stops things from sticking and drying to the surface which makes cleaning a breeze!

3)  Get rid of that bar of soap

Use liquid soap instead of a bar to keep your sink and surrounding area cleaner longer.

There are plenty more suggestions on how to keep your bathroom cleaner longer here, I highly recommended you check it out! Do you have any tricks or suggestions for keeping a bathroom clean?

Source: http://www.housebeautiful.com/lifestyle/cleaning-tips/a3887/bathroom-cleaner-longer/

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Want to paint like a pro? Here are some great tips!

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As a real estate agent who has been in the realty industry for close to 30 years now, when someone or a couple or a whole family is looking sell their home, I have recommended that if the walls need sprucing up, a fresh job is a good idea.

On a diynetwork.com article, there is a list of great painting tips that I would like to share with all of you:

2. Paint like a pro.
Painting is your chance to show off your skills. Use an edge pad for clean lines around doorframes, ceiling edges and corners so your walls look great — down to every last detail.

6. Put your sandwich bags to work.
Slip a small plastic bag over your doorknobs and tape the edge to avoid getting paint in places it wasn’t meant to go. You’re so resourceful.

12. Take away the shine.
Paint doesn’t always adhere to glossy surfaces. We recommend using a light grade sandpaper to take the gloss off the surface so your new paint sticks like it should.

http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/skills-and-know-how/painting/15-painting-tips-to-paint-like-a-pro

The steps to stage your home

Looking to sell your home? Good! First, I suggest you call Sandy and start packin’ (I had to throw that in there. :P) and second, you should start staging your home. The truth is, if you want sell your home quicker, you have to do some work on your home. It’s time to make your house look from average to awesome!

An online article from hgtv.ca posted 9 fantastic steps to staging your home so you can sell it faster. Here are a few of those steps:

1) De-Clutter

The first step in getting ready to sell is de-clutter, de-clutter, de-clutter so potential buyers aren’t overwhelmed by your stuff, but rather impressed by your home. Counters and other surfaces should be kept clear and any furniture that isn’t needed stored away. The good news about this tedious task is packing and purging will make moving day that much easier.

4) But Don’t Touch the Nursery!

Although the nursery and childrens’ rooms should be de-cluttered and tidied as well, personal effects can remain as they are. There’s something reassuring and touching about seeing a baby’s room that can mean all the difference to a potential buyer (especially ones that are starting a family).

8) Draw Attention to Selling Features

As a general rule closet doors should be kept closed, but if there’s a walk-in that should be noticed, a small note to alert potential buyers is ok.

Here is the whole article. Recommended! 🙂

http://www.hgtv.ca/realestate/article/how-to-stage-a-home/

A dozen awesome tech tools to help sell your house

In the world of real estate, good advertising is important. VERY important. Word-of-mouth is great, yes, but if you want to succeed as a real estate agent, you have to sell yourself, your skills, the homes you have on the market and the areas you service. Flyers, brochures, all of that are all vital, however, we live in a digital world. Technology keeps changing – it is becoming bigger and bigger. Now it’s critical for realtors to embrace the digital world to help sell houses in the wobbly market.

According to an article featured on money.usnews.com, there are 12 FANTASTIC tech tools to help sell your home quicker. Here are a few from the article:

Maps. Maps on agents’ websites, the real estate portals, local property appraisers’ websites and Google Earth all enable buyers to see what’s around a home they’re considering, whether it’s convenient shops and services or an eyesore.

Drone photography. Drones are being used by more companies to take aerial photos of large properties and more expensive homes with views.

Social media. Adam Briley says his team finds Facebook to be a powerful marketing tool, and his agents encourage sellers to share their listings with friends. “Social media is actually huge for us,” he says. Of the 105 homes the team has sold this year, he estimates that 25 were sold through Facebook. “Anyone who’s not getting on social media and using it to their advantage is going to be behind the times,” he says.

Social Media, for me, is huge. I’m growing my social media presence because I know that as a professional real estate agent, I need to compete in this digital market.

Here is the article:
http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2015/03/13/12-tech-tools-to-help-you-sell-your-home-faster

Spring is finally starting to show its face in Brampton! Here are 10 decorating ideas!

The last few weeks of winter have been quite bitter, stark and just downright cold in Brampton, Toronto and all of Ontario. This February has been marked has the coldest – yes, the COLDEST – on record for Ontario. It is not surprising that so many people, like me, want warmer temperatures. Well, now that the weather is starting to get warmer, it might be time to start looking at springtime decorating around your home!

Here is a very informative styleathome.com article that details 10 great decorating ideas.

http://www.styleathome.com/decorating-and-design/accessories/10-decorating-ideas-for-spring/a/50756

Old real estate terms that SHOULD be retired this year!

I’ve been a RE/MAX real estate agent for 26 years now in the beautiful city of Brampton. In all that time, I have meet A LOT of different people and because I have meet so many different people, I’ve used a lot different real estate terms. According to a lightersideofrealestate.com article, there are at least 25 old, worn-out real estate terms that should be retired this year. I AGREE!

Here are a few good ones:

1. “Will not last”

4. “Bring your pickiest buyers”

5. “Needs TLC”

8. “Cozy”

16. “Don’t let this one pass you by!”

21. “Room for a pool!”

Want the whole list? Click the link here:

http://lightersideofrealestate.com/real-estate-humor/25-tired-worn-real-estate-terms-need-retire-2015

Great tips for moving in winter!

Moving during the winter months can be a drag! The cold weather, the snow, the hassle of it all! In a http://www.moving.about.com article, there are some really great tips about moving in the winter season! Here are a few from the article:

Make sure you have heat and lights. This is a task you don’t want to forget to do. You should ensure that all utilities have been set-up and are fully functioning. I suggest having the heat and hydro turned on a couple of days before your arrival just to make sure everything is functioning and that the house is warm for the day you move in. While this is true for anytime that you move, regardless of the season, it’s even more important when the cold winds are blowing and the days are much shorter and darker.

Protect inside space. Use large pieces of cardboard or plastic sheeting to ensure high traffic areas are protected from snow, sand and water. If your floors can withstand heavy duty tape (test in a corner spot first), tape plastic sheets to the floor. Cardboard works best for carpeted areas as small tacks can be used to secure it to the floor. Experiment first before the movers arrive.

Have a back-up plan. If a winter storm is threatening your move, make sure you have a back-up plan in case you need to reschedule your move. If you’ve hired movers, talk to the company to see what their policy is in terms of winter conditions. Some movers are used to winter weather and may not be willing to postpone the move. If the movers do want to postpone, make sure you speak to your real estate agent or landlord to see if you can stay a few extra days. Typically, if you’re not able to move out, no one is able to move in, either. But arrange this ahead of time. If you can’t negotiate extra days, speak to the movers about your options. They may be able to still pick up your things, but not deliver them to your new home. If this is the case, you’ll need short-term accommodation.

The whole article is very informative and helpful! Here is a link to it:

http://moving.about.com/od/youremovingnowwhat/a/Tips-For-Moving-In-Winter.htm