Fall is a great time to invite Mr. Clean to your Albuquerque home

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Albuqurque Man Rakes LeavesFall is a great time to invite Mr. Clean to your Albuquerque home for sale. Just because the trees are not green and the flowers not happily blooming it's no reason your home shouldn't show well.  Buyers understand your New Mexico home curb appeal isn't going to be drop dead gorgeous during the fall and winter season they get it.  However showing your Albuquerque home in it's best light should still be priority one.  So take advantage of the fall season to clean up the place up and get it looking great.

Consider trimming back those trees and bushes, rake loose leaves and pull unsightly weeds.  Windows often take a visual beating through the summer months with rains, dust, miss guided sprinklers, birds and such.  Sparkling clean windows add that WOW factor to any home, its an easy DIY job inside and out.  Some warm water a fewClean Windows While Home is For Sale drops of dish soap and a cup of vinegar makes a great window cleaner.  Just remove the screens, this would be a good time to wash them as well. Use a car wash sponge or similar, a decent squeegee then wash, squeegee and replace the screens, voila great looking windows!
 
Take a good look around to see if anything is in disrepair, now is a perfect time to tackle it so your not trying to fix something in the dead of winter when Mr. Inspector reveals the defect...and he will find it!

Cleaning Ceiling Fans. OUCHThe inside needs attention too!  Start high and work your way down.  Ceiling fans and light fixtures often go unattended far to long.  Get out the ladder and wipe them down, normally you can remove the globes so run them through the dishwasher.  Look for cobwebs, fuzzies hanging from heating/cooling registers, use your vacuum to suck up the dirt and dust.  While your cleaning those windows why not vacuum the window sills, blinds, drapes and and valances.  It would be a great time to clean those baseboards too.  Now that all that dirt has fallen to the ground give everything a thorough vacuuming including furniture and lamp shades!  Don't forget to mop! This is also the best time to replace your furnace filters and smoke detector batteries. Think about what you can de-clutter while your doing all that cleaning, box it up and get into the garage...neatly! It's far better to have a garage full of boxed personal affects than have them stealing your buyers attention during the tour. They need to see your home not your collection of treasures.

Buyers are picky and there is a lot of homes for them to browse and inspect.  I have always said the home that wins the beauty contest and is priced assertively will win the buyer every time.  If you have ever been in a builders model home it is always staged, very clean and shows  beautifully.  You don't have to have a model home but it does need to be crisp and clean inside and out.  So remember It’s fall, so invite Mr.Clean to your home it could add to your final net-out or at minimum outshine your competition winning you that much needed offer.

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Lori Gardiner
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Great info. Thanks for sharing.

Have a great weekend!

Oct 14, 2011 02:03 AM #1
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Hi Lori -

Glad you dropped by this morning.  I spent most of the day yesterday helping my wife clean out home and yard.  Wheww.... A job but home maintenance is a must do.  Hope you have a great weekend ahead.

Best regards from the Q

Oct 14, 2011 02:18 AM #2
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Roy Kelley
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Very good advice for home sellers in any area. Clean always brings better results.

It is always good to have a camera in hand to capture the special moments of fall.

Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

IMG_5882 Life is better when there are flowers to photograph.

The Dahlia Show at Brookside Gardens in Montgomery County, Maryland

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Oct 14, 2011 03:16 AM #3
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Good morning Roy and Dolores -

Glad you could drop by this morning.  I know the big move is time consuming but hope you will soon be finished and back showing your beautiful photos with us full time.

Best regards from the Q

Oct 14, 2011 03:21 AM #4
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Brad Rachielles
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John,

Thanks for sharing. Did a similar clean-up this last week but it involved a client in absentia. Still recovering.... :-).

Like your photos . Well crafted and well thought out. Have a great weekend.

Oct 14, 2011 04:12 AM #5
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Hi Brad -

Thanks for stopping in this morning.  I hear ya .... I have a few extra aches this morning from all my fall chores yesterday.  Paying it forward to a client is always a great thing! 

Hope you have a productive day!

 

Oct 14, 2011 04:16 AM #6
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Hi John.  Will and I took a new listing this week that needs a little TLC.  The owners were orginal and LIVED in the home since 1995.  I went through the home and pointed things out to the seller.  AS I was leaving, I said - you need to get some 409 and scrub down the outside of front door.  He said he wouldn't even have noticed that.  He told me I had a great eye for the little things.  I said, yep, I look at your home as a buyer would - only pickier!

Oct 14, 2011 05:21 AM #7
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Hi John - That's a useful list and some great and timely advice for the season. Best to get to it now before the holidays start providing us with reasons for procrastination. Have a great weekend.

Oct 14, 2011 05:22 AM #8
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Hi Belinda -

We're on the same page when it comes to pointing out a To Do list for sellers.  We have to be the pointer dogs!  Like you're seller said, "I didn't even notice it."  When one looks / lives it daily they tend to over look it.

Hope you have a great Friday!

 

Oct 14, 2011 05:27 AM #9
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Hi Dick -

Yes Sir... Now is the time while it's still pretty outside and the yard chores won't be as chilly to deal with.  You're right the holidays bring procrastination to most of us so it's time to get off our duffs and clean the stuff :)

Hope you and Mary have a great day!

 

Oct 14, 2011 05:29 AM #10
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We had the windows done a few weeks ago. What a great feeling. The rest of the chores we do on our own...I'm giving your list to my husband. (Bet he's going to have a few choice names for you.) Thanks for sharing it and have a good day in the Q.

Oct 14, 2011 06:20 AM #11
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Hi John,

This is an excellent post. I clicked suggest because it helped me a lot and I know it will help others too. You always have the most interesting and best posts. I think that's because you are such a great Realtor and you know how to get others involved in activities that really matter.

Thanks John.

Oct 14, 2011 06:31 AM #12
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Hi DJ,  My wife and I split the window duty, I tackle the outside while she tackles the inside.  It works our pretty well. I think she had the harder job! I hit the high stuff on the ladder etc.  It all works out.  My neighbor pops out and wants to know If I will do his windows. This is a honey do not a neighborly thing.  But good Lord his need it.  Just don't tell hubby, Ok!

Oct 14, 2011 07:30 AM #13
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Hello Patricia,  Thank you as always for your kindness and for your suggest.  I do hope sellers will read this and realize just how important all of this is.  I know most agents will reinforce this stuff but some agents won't go there with their clients.  We all know this to well when we walk into those nasty homes.  It matters!

Enjoy your Day to the fullest!

Oct 14, 2011 07:34 AM #14
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Joshua Zargari
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Hi John.

Not ready yet...Another month before cleaning...

Have a nice weekend.

Oct 14, 2011 08:56 AM #15
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Hi Josh-

Well my wife lit a fire under me to get it done and so we did.  Glad it's behind us and thinking I will able to take the weekend off with no worries of my home owners duties:)

Best regards from the Q

Oct 14, 2011 09:06 AM #16
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This is so funny! I just finished spending the day cleraning one of my new listings and dolling it up! :))) (NO! I do not normally do this. It was a special circumstance.)

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Hi Joni -

Good for you and your deed will pay off with a quicker sale!  It works for us.  Even basic touches really warm up a place and give a cold house a warm feel of home.

Best regards from the Q

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