spic + span = happy as a clam

| Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 | 3 Comments »

You know what’s no fun? Not sleeping. The other night I couldn’t sleep. At. All. So what does one do when you can’t sleep and of course it’s the one night where your husband is making weird sounds and practically doing the running man in his sleep? Well, if you’re me you think about blog posts and maybe play a game or 2 of Words with Friends with your sister who ironically is also up at the same crazy hour. Oh and you watch Forgetting Sarah Marshall for the 9th time because darn it, it really is a cute movie.

Ok, back to the blog post. The other day I sent an email to a client asking how her move was going. I recently sold them an adorable home in Edmonds and they are slowly moving in and getting it all cleaned up. She wrote back and told me some things that I thought were blog worthy.

First off, she said before they moved in she made a plan to do a little clean up. It was nothing too major, just the usual stuff: wipe cupboards, clean out the fridge, wipe down the insides of drawers, scrub bathrooms etc. What she found was that things were so dirty and disgusting that it was not only time consuming, it was gross and she began to feel some resentment towards the seller. Being that this was not a distressed seller, she felt the least the seller could do was either do this cleaning herself or hire someone to come in for a few hours. After all, this is what one has to do when vacating a rental if they want their deposit back. It is a courtesy that a seller should extend to a buyer or perhaps it is something I as the agent can do as a closing gift. I felt a little guilty I had not thought of this being that this client and I share a slight obsession with having a clean house. Regardless, I felt it was blog worthy for not only a seller to realize what a buyer faces upon moving in but also a buyer to realize that doing a simple cleanup before moving in can turn into a dirty, weekend long project.  If deep cleaning someone else’s years of dirt and grime is not your thing, there are lots of housecleaning services out there that you can hire to come in for a few hours to do the dirty work for you, no pun intended. If money is tight (which is to be expected after making a major purchase like a new home) perhaps your agent will take care of this for you! I know that this is something I will begin to offer my buyers from now on!

So, once you have moved past this phase and are ready to move in and decorate, I wanted to share a great article I came across to help add a little style to your new home. Check it out here: http://www.re-nest.com/re-nest/artwork/10-upcycled-art-projects-if-you-love-it-hang-it-137583

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3 Comments

  1. Jeff says:

    Great idea, nobody likes to clean up other peoples nasty stuff…let alone their own stuff!

  2. Emily Moulton says:

    What a great idea for a gift from an agent. It kind of makes me want to buy a new house….just to have a house cleaner ONCE!!

  3. Sarah says:

    So true Cara… I do my best to always have my house presentable at the drop of the hat, but know at times those cob webs and old ettuce grime can get out of control. AND for the next late night… please add me on Words Sarahx5

    Hugs!!

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