Lynn D'Avolio
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Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 2/25/2020

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As a homeowner you know there is a lot of upkeep that goes into maintaining a nice home. From weekly cleaning to monthly home maintenance, you put in time, money and effort to give yourself the home life experience you desire. The best living environment to come home to is one that is clean and smells fresh. Try these three easy products to help your home on a daily basis.

Scent Diffusers

Maintaining a home that smells good can be tough. Especially if you live with a family or housemates. There are a lot of different scents, messes, cleaning products and more going on at the same time. Scent diffusers come in all different styles and sizes and can be used throughout the house to give your home consistently fresh and odor-free air. Try a refillable spraying deodorizer in areas of high traffic, or in the mudroom where you leave all the shoes. Use melted wax diffusers in living rooms and bedrooms to add a touch of décor while emitting scent. 

Finally, use oil diffusers in the bathroom to fight odors.TIP: If you can purchase different styles of diffusers that can support scents by the same brand(s) you can use the same smells throughout the house, or at least in adjacent rooms where two conflicting smells might overlap and combine poorly.

Toilet Tank Tabs

One of the biggest pains in keeping a house clean is the toilet. It is an area that always needs attention, especially if you live with others. While you’ll never be able to skip the weekly bathroom cleaning, using cleaning tabs in the toilet tank will help immensely on a daily basis. These tabs contain chemicals to combat bacteria, hard water and stains.

You can normally buy a small pack that lasts a couple months or get great deals on bulk packs that will last you all year. Simply drop the tab in the back of the tank, and the toilet gets a little extra cleaning help with every flush. This will help keep the bathroom cleaner and smelling better every day.

Robot Vacuum Cleaner

While this purchase can drastically vary in price, it is an excellent investment that saves you time while helping maintain the home. You can spring for an expensive robot vacuum, but there are plenty of affordable options as well. Having a device that cleans the house while you’re gone or working on other projects is a huge help.

If you have children, pets or housemates it cuts down drastically on the dirt, debris and hair floating around the place. With the help of a robot vacuum you can reduce your sweeping, vacuuming and mopping needs without sacrificing cleanliness.

By making smart home purchases, you can increase your quality of living without breaking the budget or your back cleaning. Ask your real estate agent for advice on the best purchases to keep your home beautiful for your next showing.




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Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 8/20/2019

A clogged sink and a slow shower drain are significant issues that most homeowners face.  Problems like these have simple solutions like plunging or introducing gunk-melting chemicals into the pipes.  Fixing a clogged line is simple. In most cases, the clogs are close to the main sewer, and the repair is both simple and affordable if you call upon a plumber. 

In contrast, the main sewer line clog is not simple to fix. You cannot do the fixing yourself like the clogged sink or shower drain. If the blockage is because of a crushed part of the sewer line, a costly repair might be inevitable.  This repair may involve landscape reconstruction and backhoe excavation. 

To avoid such costly repairs, you need to be knowledgeable about the sign of a main sewer line clog.  Detecting this early enough will help you get the issue fixed before it becomes a big one.  Here are some red flags to be on the lookout for:

When Backup Drain is More Than One 

Your home comprises two plumbing systems.  The first system carries waste water away from the house while the other line brings clean water into your apartment.  You can visualize the drain system as a tree with many branches.  The lines that carry waste waters away from the sinks, tubs, and toilet are the branches known as the secondary drain lines.  These secondary drain lines connect with the tree trunk (main sewer line) and then to the municipal sewer line.  

The first indicator of a blocked main sewer line is backups in more than one drain. If two or three drains are draining slowly—backing up—you have to take prompt action toward correcting the problem which could be because of a clog in the main sewer line. 

Backup in the Sewer Cleanout pipe 

The Sewer cleanout pipe is usually outside the home; it's a pipe standing vertically. The sewer cleanout leads to the home's main sewer line.  If water or sewage is coming out of this pipe, it indicates a clogged sewage line.

Sewage Backup in the Floor Drain 

When there is a floor drain backup in the basement, it might be a sign of a sewer clog.  If your house does not have sewer line cleanout pipe, you can access this drain without having a plumber remove your toilet.

Early detection will save you the stress and money involved in fixing a clogged main sewer line, check for any of the signs above for quick detection and fixing of your issues relating to blocking of your main sewer line.




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Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 5/22/2018

If you plan to sell your house in the foreseeable future, it usually pays to clean out the garage. In fact, a home seller who declutters the garage today can show homebuyers the true size and beauty of this space, thereby increasing a house's overall appeal.

Ultimately, it won't take long for a home seller to declutter the garage – here are three tips to help you remove clutter from your garage before you list your residence.

1. Identify Excess Items

Old automotive parts, tools and other excess items can take up lots of space in your garage. However, a homeowner who dedicates the necessary time and resources to identify garage clutter can plan accordingly.

Separate must-keep garage items from excess items. Then, you can determine exactly how much space that you'll need to store the items that you want to keep.

For many homeowners, storage cabinets and shelving units make it easy to keep track of items in a garage. Or, if you need extra space to store garage items, you may want to consider renting a storage unit until you finalize your home sale.

2. Sell, Donate or Dispose of Excess Items

When it comes to excess garage items, there is no need to delay the inevitable. If you sell, donate or dispose of garage clutter, you can quickly eliminate excess items from your garage.

Selling your excess garage items online or hosting a yard sale may prove to be worthwhile. In both instances, you can generate interest in assorted garage items and earn extra cash at the same time.

In addition, you may be able to donate excess garage items to local charities. If you reach out to local charities and learn about their donation policies, you can find out which charities will accept your excess garage items and schedule donation pick-ups.

On the other hand, if you find garage items that are broken or damaged, dispose of these items. That way, you can free up space in your garage immediately.

3. Conduct In-Depth Garage Cleaning

After you remove garage clutter, it is important to spend some time cleaning your garage from top to bottom. This will enable you to transform an ordinary garage into a spectacular one.

If you need extra help with garage cleaning, don't hesitate to contact a professional home cleaning company. This business likely employs friendly, diligent cleaning experts who can help you accelerate the garage cleaning process.

Lastly, if you're searching for the best ways to improve your home before you list it, you may want to hire a real estate agent.

A real estate agent can offer honest, unbiased garage cleaning recommendations and suggestions. Plus, this housing market professional will set up home showings, keep you up to date about offers on your residence and ensure you can enjoy a fast, seamless home selling experience.

Want to sell your residence soon? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can bolster your garage's appearance in no time at all.




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Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 11/21/2017

As a home seller, you recognize that your house is one of many that is available to prospective homebuyers. However, unlike most home sellers, you're willing to go the extra mile to ensure that your residence represents an attractive choice to homebuyers. Although you may commit significant time and resources to get your house ready for a home showing, there are several factors to consider as you prep your residence. Some of the most common factors to consider include: 1. Appearance Of course, your home's interior and exterior should look pristine so they can help your home make a great first impression on homebuyers. Furthermore, you should clean and declutter your house as much as possible before a home showing. This will allow you to highlight how your house represents a spacious, immaculate oasis that a homeowner can enjoy for years to come. Don't forget to hide personal items like photographs before you show your home, too. Ideally, you'll want homebuyers to envision what it's like to live in your house as they walk through it. And by removing personal items, you'll make it easier for homebuyers to imagine a wonderful future in which they buy your home. 2. Smells Strong smells may linger, and ultimately, impact a homebuyer's impression of your residence. Thus, you'll want to pay close attention to any smells that may turn homebuyers off. Focus on using air fresheners and candles that deliver warm, inviting aromas throughout your house. Whether it's lighting a candle that fills your home with a rich natural scent or spraying an air freshener that brings an unparalleled citrus aroma to your residence, you can use odor eliminators to disguise unpleasant smells quickly and effortlessly. You also should consider smells that may develop on the day of a home showing. For instance, cooking bacon on your kitchen stove may be part of your morning routine but can leave a lingering smell. Conversely, home sellers who try to maintain pleasant aromas throughout their houses day after day should be able to minimize repugnant smells immediately. 3. Lighting Illuminate your residence's interior and exterior as best you can, and you'll likely find that homebuyers may be more attracted to your house over others that are available. From dazzling pendant lights in the kitchen to recessed lighting in the hallways, you can make a bold statement with the right types of lighting throughout your home. Also, you should open the windows prior to a home showing to let sunlight fill your residence. By doing so, you can use natural light to illuminate your house and allow fresh air to filter through your home simultaneously. For home sellers, it is essential to devote time and resources to prep your house for an upcoming showing. And if you need extra support along the way, working with an experienced real estate agent ensures that you can receive expert assistance as you add your home to the real estate market. Consider the aforementioned factors as you get your house ready for a home showing, and you should have no trouble generating interest in your house.





Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 5/9/2017

Your kitchen is probably the room that you clean the most often. From dirty pots and pans to spilled food and drink to loading the dishwasher, there’s always something to clean in the kitchen. While you may wipe up the obvious places day after day, you may not notice the areas where dirt and grime tend to accumulate. Whether it’s the places you’re often surface cleaning or other “hidden” places in the kitchen, you’re sure to find something that needs to be cleaned and has been overlooked in the kitchen. 


Places Most Often Cleaned In The Kitchen


Sink 

Stove

Countertops


You’re probably already wiping these areas down at least once a day. They are the most used parts of the room. But, are you cleaning them well? Is there grime building up around the edge of the sink? Have you cleaned off the drain stopper recently? Has the space under the countertops been wiped down to eliminate dirt and grime? While we tend to focus on the visible parts of these areas, we really need to be focusing on the invisible parts. This is where the real dirt and grime build up over time. If you haven’t cleaned these areas in a while, or (gasp) you’ve never done cleaned them, you’ll find they’re pretty disgusting and need a little extra attention. 


The Space Between


While you may clean the front of your refrigerator, you probably neglect the sides of the fridge. Also, don’t forget the refrigerator door handles. These can be  real breeding ground for germs and dirt. Grease, grime, and dust can also build up on the sides and on the floor along the sides of the fridge. A place to pay special attention to would be the space between the fridge and the counter. Even the floor space there. Also, don’t forget about the creases in your counter, and even in your flooring (depending on the type of floor you have). Crumbs can get lodged in these crevices and cause a buildup. One of the simplest ways to clean these spaces is to wrap a butter knife around a cloth and run it around the edge of the creases. 


Don’t Forget Your Small Appliances


It’s important to remember to clean in and around your small appliances in the kitchen every so often. Empty the crumb tray from your toaster. Wipe under the toaster, coffee maker, and knife block. Use something like an old toothbrush to get at any hard to reach places.


If you give your kitchen a deep clean every so often, you’ll save yourself from a kitchen with a lot of hidden dirt and grime.




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