Posted by Amanda Bruen on 3/18/2019

You’ve cleaned up the paintable surfaces of your home and have removed any trace of pet damage. It’s now time to work on repairs to your wood flooring.

Wood Flooring.

Ugly gashes and scratches in your wood flooring can be a real eyesore during your open house. If you have solid wood flooring thoroughly your home that is unlikely to be ripped out by your buyer take the time to touch it up to add value to your home before the sale.

First, examine your floors and determine the damage. If you only have a few small and medium-sized scratches, some simple DIY solutions might work well for you and save on the time and monetary investment needed. Clean the surface around each mark carefully making sure the entire area is entirely dirt and debris free. If you have a wax coat on your floor make sure to remove the coating layer with a wax remover solution.

Minor Scuffs and Scratches — For small scratches try an at-home mixture of equal parts olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Using a sponge or cloth, dab the solution into the scratch. Allow the mixture to dry for the rest of the day, then rub it out of the scratch. This trick often works for minor nicks and scratches. For scuffs in your flooring try using a finish restorer. These restorer products treat light scuffs and scratches over large areas and fix finish that has faded. Blending pencils can also be handy for small surface areas. If the scratch appears as a lighter mark on your flooring select a pencil that is darker than the scratch and of the same tone and coloring as the rest of your flooring. Using the pencil fill in the scratch and lightly blend the coloring into the surrounding area.

Medium scratches — If your medium scratches only show light damage you can probably remove or significantly reduce their visibility by merely applying a new coat of finish over the affected area(s). Clean the areas thoroughly and do your best to match the new finish to the original finish on the rest of your floor. If your flooring has no finish, you may be able to fix the area by lightly sanding the scratch and reapplying the original stain to blend the scratch into the rest of the flooring.

Major scratches — Flooring with many scrapes and gashes or large scratches you'll have to refinish the entire floor for best results. To do this first clean your floors, then sand down the whole floor. After sanding clean again then evenly apply a new finish coat. If you have the extra time and capital and think the wood needs it, you can also apply a fresh coat of stain before the finish coat to significantly boost the added value to your home. NOTE — complete refinishing only works with real wood flooring. This process will not work for bamboo flooring and is more difficult for engineered wood. If you consider trying this technique on an engineered floor that has a real wood surface check the thickness of the wood surface. Sanding takes about 1mm off the top of the wood, so the surface will need to be thicker in order to handle the sanding and refinishing.

Your last step in home preparation is to take care of that carpet. Read on in part three of this series to ensure pristine carpeting for your open house.

Before you start any major repair projects like complete refinishing work with your real estate professional to determine the best investment for the resale value that works with your budget.




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Posted by Amanda Bruen on 3/14/2019

Much loved & meticulously maintained by the original owners! This beautiful 3BD, 2.5 BA home is hitting the market just in time to watch the professionally landscaped yard come to life. From the moment you enter into this sun-filled dining area w/ Cathedral ceiling, skylights & French doors that lead to oversized & maintenance free deck, you'll feel right at home! This home offers a great entertaining floor plan w/ gleaming HRWD thru-out! To the left of the DIN area is a LR great RM w/ gas fireplace above oversized 2 car att gar & full BA. This would also make the perfect MSTR suite, in-law or even Airbnb for extra income. To the right is a cabinet packed KIT w granite counter tops, gas stove & SS appliances, formal DR RM, half BA w/ laundry & fireplaced LV RM. The 2nd fl boasts 3 BD w/ full BA, part fin BSMT & plenty of storage. Enjoy the privacy of your oversized lot that is perfect for your Summer BBQ's & outdoor activities. Ideal location! No showings til OH 3.17.19 12-2:00

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Posted by Amanda Bruen on 3/13/2019


251 Westford Rd, Tyngsborough, MA 01879

Single-Family

$554,900
Price

12
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Much loved & meticulously maintained by the original owners! This beautiful 3BD, 2.5 BA home is hitting the market just in time to watch the professionally landscaped yard come to life. From the moment you enter into this sun-filled dining area w/ Cathedral ceiling, skylights & French doors that lead to oversized & maintenance free deck, you'll feel right at home! This home offers a great entertaining floor plan w/ gleaming HRWD thru-out! To the left of the DIN area is a LR great RM w/ gas fireplace above oversized 2 car att gar & full BA. This would also make the perfect MSTR suite, in-law or even Airbnb for extra income. To the right is a cabinet packed KIT w granite counter tops, gas stove & SS appliances, formal DR RM, half BA w/ laundry & fireplaced LV RM. The 2nd fl boasts 3 BD w/ full BA, part fin BSMT & plenty of storage. Enjoy the privacy of your oversized lot that is perfect for your Summer BBQ's & outdoor activities. Ideal location! No showings til OH 3.17.19 12-2:00
Open House
Sunday
March 17 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 251 Westford Rd, Tyngsborough, MA 01879    Get Directions

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Posted by Amanda Bruen on 3/13/2019


251 Westford Rd, Tyngsborough, MA 01879

Single-Family

$554,900
Price

12
Rooms
3
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Much loved & meticulously maintained by the original owners! This beautiful 3BD, 2.5 BA home is hitting the market just in time to watch the professionally landscaped yard come to life. From the moment you enter into this sun-filled dining area w/ Cathedral ceiling, skylights & French doors that lead to oversized & maintenance free deck, you'll feel right at home! This home offers a great entertaining floor plan w/ gleaming HRWD thru-out! To the left of the DIN area is a LR great RM w/ gas fireplace above oversized 2 car att gar & full BA. This would also make the perfect MSTR suite, in-law or even Airbnb for extra income. To the right is a cabinet packed KIT w granite counter tops, gas stove & SS appliances, formal DR RM, half BA w/ laundry & fireplaced LV RM. The 2nd fl boasts 3 BD w/ full BA, part fin BSMT & plenty of storage. Enjoy the privacy of your oversized lot that is perfect for your Summer BBQ's & outdoor activities. Ideal location! No showings til OH 3.17.19 12-2:00
Open House
Sunday
March 17 at 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Cannot make the Open Houses?
Location: 251 Westford Rd, Tyngsborough, MA 01879    Get Directions

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Posted by Amanda Bruen on 3/11/2019

Nothing ruins a great view like a greasy hand print right in the middle of the window. No matter the time of year it is, you can always benefit from brightly clean windows. They allow in more natural light and can transform a dull room into a bright living space. Planning for this at the right time is important. You don't want to clean your windows while they are in direct sunlight or the cleaning suds will dry while you're working, just making them worse. You can either do a full day's worth of windows by starting on the South and West facing sides in the morning, then moving to the North and East facing sides in the afternoon. You can clean on an overcast day but be careful, or your hard work will just get washed away in the rain.

Filling Your Tool Bucket

Window washing techniques aren't too tricky, but they do require the right tools. If you start without them, you'll stress yourself all the way through the process.

  • Soft Bristle Brush: Think of the same kind of brush you use on non-stick pans or glasses in your kitchen, but make sure it’s a clean one, not the actual one from the kitchen, so you don’t spread kitchen grease around the windows. For best results, get one with a built-in soap dispenser and an extendable handle so those high window edges are always within reach and you don’t have to carry around a bucket of soapy water. Use the brush to get grime and stains off the window without wearing out your arms in the process.
  • Lightly Soapy Cleaner: Stay away from all the combined sprayer cleaners. Instead, go for a kitchen cleaner that is meant to cut through stains and grease. Your best choice will be one that cleans well but doesn’t get too sudsy. Test it in your brush to determine how much water to combine with it for exactly the right consistency.
  • Hose with sprayer: An adjustable sprayer nozzle attachment for your garden hose can make getting the rest of the outdoor grime off the windows even easier. Once you've loosened it up with your brush, simply spray the residue off with your hose. Be careful not to spray too vigorously because you can accidentally loosen the seals around your windows.
  • Squeegee: A good squeegee is necessary to prevent all your previous work from going to waste. When used properly, a squeegee gets all that beaded water off your windows, so it can't dry in streaks and ruin all your hard work. It also means the windows are almost completely dry for the last step and won't get those round rubbing streaks either. If you have wide picture windows, look for a wide squeegee to cut down on the number of vertical stripes required. Lastly, look for one with an extendable handle like your bristle brush so that you can always start and the very top of each window.
  • Chamois Cloths: For that last little bit of drying and polishing, don't use any old cloth. Get yourself a proper chamois to prevent streaking. If it is in your budget, you can get a natural chamois made of sheep leather, but don't rule out the synthetics. There are some fantastic synthetic chamois fabrics out there for any budget.
  • Simple Soft Cloth: After you’ve dried the window, you’ll need a simple soft cloth for the window sill. Use this cloth to pick up any remaining dirt or water from the cleaning process.

Don’t Forget the Screens

No matter how clean the windows, you still can't see through them if you have dirty screens. Since you had to take them off anyway, now is the perfect time to clean them as well. Using the same soapy cleaner and a bristle brush, gently brush both sides of the screen to remove dirt, dust, and grime. Then spray them off with your garden hose and sprayer attachment. Be careful only to use a medium pressure sprayer option, since you don't want to tear the screen away from the edges.

Got your home looking its greatest? Call your real estate professional and schedule that open house!




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