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Clean Your Carpets Because They Are Germ Hotspots

  
  
  
  
  

Adapted from Men's Health, not for the squeamish -- What's living in your carpet?

Carpeting can be a great flooring option at home. It adds warmth, comfort and feels good on bare feet. But because of all the traffic it encounters, it tends to get pretty dirty over time. In fact, according to Men's Health, it's a germ hotspot and can be 4,000 times dirtier than your toilet seat -- ew! "Rugs are botanical and zoological parks," microbiologist Dr. Philip Tierno told the magazine, and mentioned that they can have many different organisms living in them.

So what's the best way to clean a carpet? Well, Men's Health suggests hiring a professional once a year for a deep steam-cleaning. But weekly maintenance is super important as well. TLC's How Stuff Works recommends vacuuming regularly and applying soil retardants and baking soda to the surface.

We knew this wall-to-wall textile could end up spotty, but we had no idea there could be so many creepy crawlers lingering in the fibers. So be sure to pay extra attention to your rugs this weekend if you're doing some spring cleaning.

For more information, head on over to Men's Health and TLC. And be sure to click through our slideshow for more cleaning tips. To read the entire article, go to: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/21/cleaning-carpet-germ-hotspot_n_2916850.html

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Not all Williamsburg and Richmond carpet cleaning companies are the same. Chem-Dry of Richmond stands apart from the crowd of carpet cleaners by offering highly effective green cleaning technology, truly professional cleaning services and a reputation for customer service that is second to none.

All of our carpet cleaning service appointments include Chem-Dry of Richmond’s exclusive Healthy Home Assurance process; a ten point quality assurance system that is guaranteed to leave you satisfied, just like the thousands of happy customers that we have serviced in over twenty years.

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International Sandsculpting Festival

  
  
  
  
  

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Venue: 4th-10th Streets, Virginia Beach Oceanfront

How else can one describe this new and improved event any other way than with an experience? With a world-class venue, talent, and prize purse, Neptune's International Sandsculpting Championship has distinguished itself as a premier event unlike any other for miles.  From the gallery feel and extended viewing hours, your sandsculpting fill can be quelled with a single visit.

 

It's been the signature event of the Virginia Beach Neptune Festival since its inception.  Now it becomes the signature event of an entire region as the International Sandsculpting Championship expands to ten days.  With an international field of sculptors representing countries from around the world, the expansion of the competition puts this as one of the most distinctive events of its kind in the world.

 

NEPTUNE'S KINGDOM: LAND OF SAND

A huge tent, almost as large as a football field, will house 22 sculptures created by 12 solo and 10 doubles teams! Sculptors will compete for the largest prize purse awarded in the country. 

  • Extended viewing time of 10 days
  • Expanded walkways and viewing areas providing an intimate view of the process and artwork
  • Improved lighting for viewing into the evening hours
  • Protection from wind and rain, providing an entertainment option no matter the weather!
  • Unique photo opportunities
  • Live music and entertainment exclusive to the sandsculpting tent
  • Teaching demos and live "QuickSand" competitions
  • Meet and Greet opportunities with the extremely talented pool of sculptors!

 


Click here for information on the artists competing in the 2014 International Sandsculpting Championship Masters Division

 

Want to get an idea of the incredible sculptures you can expect to see in 2014? Click here to view the 2013 International Sandsculpting results!


 

Neptune’s Land of Sand Hours:

Friday, 9/26: 9 am – 11 pm
Saturday, 9/27: 9 am – 11 pm
Sunday, 9/28: 9 am – 9 pm
Monday – Friday: 9/29 – 10/3: 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday, 10/4: 10 am – 8 pm
Sunday, 10/5: 10 am – 8 pm
 
 
Admission: $5 per person. 12 and under is free while accompanied with adult. Free discount lunch coupon with admission ticket

Take care of your rugs!

  
  
  
  
  

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Rug Care

Rugs warm and add color, pattern, and texture to a room. You can easily change a room's look and feel from one season to another by replacing the rug. Follow these tips for cleaning various types of rugs.

Rug care is determined by size, construction, and material.

Basic Care Tips

Tip #1: Storing When storing a rug (especially a heavy winter one), have it professionally cleaned and wrapped before storing in a climate-controlled area to avoid damage.

Tip #2: Care Tags When you purchase a new rug, keep the care tag intact, or file it with your household maintenance and furnishings file for later reference.

Tip #3: Large Rugs Care for large size room rugs as you would wall-to-wall carpet. Fine Oriental rugs and other unusual materials, however, require special care.

Tip #4: Small Rugs Small rugs, such as those used at entrances, are difficult to vacuum. Take them outside and shake them vigorously until dust and dirt are no longer evident. (Some cities have ordinances against this once common practice.) You can also hang rugs over a clothesline or sturdy outdoor furniture and beat them with a broom to remove dust and dirt.

Tip #5: Dry Cleaning Always consult care labels for small rugs, determining whether they should be dry-cleaned, spot-cleaned, or laundered. If a rug, even a cotton one that appears washable, is labeled dry-clean only, it may not be colorfast. Imported rugs tend to require dry cleaning; colors may bleed otherwise. Test before spot cleaning.

Tip #6: Washing When you determine a rug is washable, machine wash on delicate. To lessen the problem of long rug fringe becoming tangled and knotted in the washer, divide the fringe into several hanks, wrapping each hank with white string. Place the rug in a mesh laundry bag or zippered pillowcase and wash in cold water cold water.

Tip #7: Drying Wet Rugs Hang wet rugs over a clothes-drying rack, a slatted picnic table, or several bricks stacked on a porch, patio, or breezeway. Hanging a wet rug over a single clothesline will distort the shape of the rug as it dries. Small rugs that are made from synthetic fibers similar to carpeting can be laid to dry on a small worktable or counter that is protected by a drop cloth, old sheets, or towels.

Tip #8: Pet Concerns When pet hair accumulates in a rug, brush the rug vigorously with a stiff clothes brush or utility brush. Brush with the nap until dirt and hair cease to come out. Attack pet stains with a commercial enzymatic cleaner to help break down stain and odor.

Many different materials and methods are used to create rugs. If you purchase a rug at an antiques show, flea market, or garage sale, find out all you can about the material composition and recommended care.

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Not all Williamsburg and Richmond carpet cleaning companies are the same. Chem-Dry of Richmond stands apart from the crowd of carpet cleaners by offering highly effective green cleaning technology, truly professional cleaning services and a reputation for customer service that is second to none.

All of our carpet cleaning service appointments include Chem-Dry of Richmond’s exclusive Healthy Home Assurance process; a ten point quality assurance system that is guaranteed to leave you satisfied, just like the thousands of happy customers that we have serviced in over twenty years.

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10 Tips to Recover from Flooding!

  
  
  
  
  

bildeRecovering from a flood? Ten steps to take in getting help and repairing the damage.

1.
Call your insurance agent. Find out exactly what documentation is needed for reimbursement. Some companies may ask you to keep a piece of soggy carpet, for example, to prove loss. Also, ask how much work you may and may not do before the adjuster arrives.

2. Call your local water and sewerage department. Report the damage. If it was due to a weak sewer system, or a failure in the municipal sewer system, you can file a claim with the agency and seek reimbursement.

3.
Start listing the damage. Keep documentation of everything damaged.Take pictures or video as you clean. Good records are needed for insurance claims and applications for disaster assistance.

4.
Safeguard receipts. Keep all receipts for cleanup and restoration costs — such as material, labor and equipment rental — and for motel bills.

5. Assess internal damage: Check the ceiling for signs of sagging. Document the damage by taking pictures of each room as you inspect it. Start making a list of damages for your insurance company.

6. Check for structural damage. Whether a home is on a slab on grade or a basement foundation, closely check where the structure meets its foundation. The home may have shifted on its foundation. Flooded wooden floors, if they don’t buckle, will sometimes push walls outward at the base. Check for cracks in masonry exteriors.

7. Rescue valuables. Remove them to a dry or place in plastic bags.

8. Prevent more damage. Open windows. Cover holes in exterior walls with tarps or plastic sheeting. Nail them down with wooden strips or secure with duct tape. Use lumber to brace sagging ceilings or walls. If the damage is severe, call in a contractor.

9. Throw away items touched by floodwater. This includes bedding, books, papers, upholstered furniture, medicines, even canned goods. Rule of thumb: When in doubt, throw it out.

10. Take care of yourself. Recovering from a flood is stressful. Guard against stress and fatigue.

Source: FEMA and American Red Cross

Be the coolest mom in school!

  
  
  
  
  

20 Back-To-School Ideas That Will Seal Your Top Mom Status

20 Back-To-School Ideas That Will Seal Your Top Mom Status

You say ‘back to school’…

I say GAME ON!

We moms have spent a lazy summer Facebooking inspirational quotes, shuttling our kids back and forth from day camps, and Instagramming daily photos of our knees at the subdivision pool.

Now that we’ve caught up on sleep and season two of Orange is the New Black, we’re ready to head back into the ring of competitive motherhood, otherwise known as SCHOOL.

Yes, moms! It is time now to handcraft those teachers’ gifts!  Festoon your home with thoughtful back-to-school decor! Marinate and deglaze those organic, gluten-free classroom snacks! Order those monogrammed and hand-embroidered back-to-school clothes! Create a highly pinnable homework nook in your kitchen!

Get a jump-start on winning the school year now and the other mothers will never be able to catch up. YOU KNOW THIS. Now act!

Need a little help getting started? That’s what PINTEREST is for! Here are 20 back-to-school ideas that will basically guarantee your election as PTO president. Or, at the very least, Box Tops Chairman.


- See more at: http://suburbanturmoil.com/20-back-to-school-ideas-that-will-seal-your-top-mom-status/2014/08/14/#sthash.IhsgDq30.dpuf

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Not all Williamsburg and Richmond carpet cleaning companies are the same. Chem-Dry of Richmond stands apart from the crowd of carpet cleaners by offering highly effective green cleaning technology, truly professional cleaning services and a reputation for customer service that is second to none.

All of our carpet cleaning service appointments include Chem-Dry of Richmond’s exclusive Healthy Home Assurance process; a ten point quality assurance system that is guaranteed to leave you satisfied, just like the thousands of happy customers that we have serviced in over twenty years.

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5 Great Weekend Community Events

  
  
  
  
  

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Gwar-B-Q, Anthem Moonlight Ride, RVA Brew-B-Q, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Old Crow Medicine Show at Maymont...all this weekend.

Gwar-B-Q

Friday & Saturday

Local and legendary heavy metal band Gwar plans to honor late lead singer Dave Brockie with the biggest and baddest Gwar-B-Q yet. On Friday, several heavy metal stars such as Jello Biafra from the Dead Kennedys and Randy Blythe from Lamb of God will be making the pilgrimage to honor Dave Brockie at the Oderus Urungus Memorial from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hadad’s Lake. The memorial is free and open to the public.  On Saturday, the main event features a slew of metal bands on two stages including punk rock legends the Misfits, local thrashers Kepone, The Meatmen, Hatebreed, Iron Regan and the main event, Gwar, in full costume.  Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Hadad’s Lake, 7900 Osbourne Turnpike. $45.

Anthem Moonlight Ride

Saturday

Last year, a record number of almost 3,000 riders came out to ride at night. You can do a “full moon” ride at 17 miles or a “half moon” at 8 miles. The route will take you through Lakeside, Bryan Park and the Near West End. Bike riders typically festoon their bikes with lights and glo-strands and participants are encouraged to dress up in costume as well. Prizes will be handed out to the top three displays. Stick around for the Agee’s Post Party with pizza, ice cream, live music and Blue Moon beer. $50 adult, $25 for youth. Ride starts at Sports Backers Stadium, 100 Avenue of Champions.

RVA Brew-B-Q

Sunday

Beer and BBQ go together like bread and butter, mac ‘n’ cheese and any other combination of perfection. In Richmond, we’re very lucky to be a hotspot to both craft brew and barbecue. The RVA Brew-B-Q pairs both Richmond traditions in one big satisfying (and free!) festival. Grab BBQ from Richmond’s finest including Alamo, Buz and Ned’s, Casa del Barco and many more. All 11 Richmond craft breweries will be pouring craft beer, plus many special one-time only beers. Beer samples $2 each, full pours are $6. Plus music from Brittany Marie and Andrew Alli and Last Night’s Blues Band. 17th Street Farmer’s Market, 100 N. 17th Street. Noon to 5 p.m. Free entry. Beer and barbecue sold separately.

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Not all Williamsburg and Richmond carpet cleaning companies are the same. Chem-Dry of Richmond stands apart from the crowd of carpet cleaners by offering highly effective green cleaning technology, truly professional cleaning services and a reputation for customer service that is second to none.

All of our carpet cleaning service appointments include Chem-Dry of Richmond’s exclusive Healthy Home Assurance process; a ten point quality assurance system that is guaranteed to leave you satisfied, just like the thousands of happy customers that we have serviced in over twenty years.

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This Weekend! Neptune Festival

  
  
  
  
  

logoVenue: Neptune's Park - 31st Street / Atlantic Avenue

Join your friends by the oceanfront for an afternoon hosted by Virginia's leading vineyards. Sip and savor chardonnays, merlots, rieslings and more while you meet and greet the fascinating people who are forging Virginia's reputation for quality wines. Enjoy delicious food, live entertainment and the opportunity to purchase the wines you like and wine accessories from specialty vendors.

 

Partipating Wineries

  • Athena Vineyards and Winery
  • Attimo Winery
  • Belle Mount Vineyards
  • Bright Meadows
  • Byrd Cellars
  • Chatham Vineyards, LLC
  • Democracy Vineyards
  • General's Ridge Vineyard
  • Horton Vineyards
  • Jacey Vineyards
  • Lake Anna Winery
  • Mattaponi Winery
  • Mermaid Winery
  • Montdomaine Winery
  • Peaks of Otter Winery
  • Rebec Vineyards
  • Rockbridge Vineyard
  • Trump Winery

 

A limited number of admission tickets will be sold for this event. Each ticket includes a commemorative wine-tasting glass and tastings throughout the day.  Enjoy delicious foods, live entertainment, and the opportunity to purchase your favorite wines!

 

TICKETS: Tickets purchased before September 5th at 4:00pm are $30 for Saturday and $25 for Sunday. Tickets purchased on the day of the event, if available are $35 for Saturday and $30 for Sunday. Day of tickets, if available, are in limited quantities!  Please call the office for ticket orders of 10+ tickets for a $2/ticket discount.

 

TABLES: Umbrella tables are available for advance purchase, and include 8 tickets to the event.  Tables are $350 for Saturday and $300 for Sunday.

 

ADVANCE TICKET SALES: Advance ticket sales end on Friday, September 5 at 4:00pm. After that time, tickets may be purchased at the gate, if available.

 

WILL CALL:  Tickets purchased after Tuesday, September 2nd at 5:00pm will be placed in the will call tent at 31st Street Park for pickup on the day of the event.

 

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT:

Saturday

12:00-2:00pm - Duncan & Danielle Band

2:30-5:00pm - Cheap Thrills

Sunday

12:00-2:00pm - Lewis McGehee

2:30-5:00pm - Borderline Crazy

 

ADDITIONAL EVENT INFORMATION:  Event will be held Rain or Shine.  No refunds will be issued.  Due to high capacity attendance and space constraints in Neptune’s Park at 31st Street, the Neptune Festival cannot allow pets, personal tents, tables or large picnic spreads in the park. The Neptune Festival reserves the right to limit individual space/spreads to accommodate all event attendees.  You must be 21 or older to participate in this event.

Start the new school year off right!

  
  
  
  
  

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Tips to Get Your Child to Talk About Her School Day By Sherry Artemenko, MA-CCC

Don't we all want to hear about our child's day—that she was included on the playground, had someone to sit with at lunch, understood what was going on in class, and most importantly had a "good" day?

Recently I heard a mom's conversation with her kindergartner after his first day of school. Her line of questioning went something like this, "Did you have fun today? Who did you play with at recess?" "Nobody?" "Wasn't Jimmy there?" "How about gym class?" And so on, while her little one relayed his side of the story which sounded like he was a loner all day. In reality he was happy and enjoyed his first day and mom was a wreck because of his answers.

As a speech language pathologist, I have had to start and keep conversations going with kids from 1-18 (both ages have their challenges!) for over 30 years. So I want to offer some tips for getting your preschool and elementary-aged child to open up about school when she comes home: Ask open-ended questions. Surely, "How was school today?" does not bring about the most conversation. For many young children it is too vague and they need a more specific question to help them remember their day. Avoid questions that can be answered in one word–especially "yes" or "no." Rather try some open-ended questions like, "Tell me about the game you played at recess today" or "That's a beautiful picture of the farm. Tell me about it." or "I wonder what you had for lunch today."

Use their artwork or take-home papers to start conversations. A research study by Marvin and Privratsky (1999) showed that when 4 year old children brought home objects from preschool including their art projects, the children referred to recent school activities significantly more than when they did not. Take advantage of these masterpieces, asking open ended questions of your little artist and don't forget to listen. . Showing interest in their work can increase their self-esteem as well as link school and home.

Recently a mom picked up her kindergartner's two papers. One had a few identifiable drawings of sea creatures and the other was scribbly lines. She started describing the recognizable crab and fish and then pointed to the other drawings, pausing to let her son fill in. He proudly identified the drawings in question and went on to talk about how he made them. When asked about the scribbles he said, "Oh that just says I love you!" Know their school schedule so you can start talking about library day, gym or art class. "What kind of books did the librarian show you today?" or "What did you find at the library?" "Tell me about the books that you chose." Take the time to sit down and read the books with her, affirming her choice, and encouraging reading.

Know the themes they are learning--apples and farms, communities, the seashore, China or the rain forest. Have fun exploring the topics on the internet together, learning new facts to expand on her knowledge and discussing the themes. Model sharing about your day. "I had a great day today. I talked to grandma and grandpa about…" or "I met a new friend and we had coffee at the beach." It is important to share your interests, friends, challenges and joys with your kids so they see that communication modeled for them. There is nothing quite so rewarding as when my grown sons say to me, "How was your day today, Mom?"

Take time at the dinner table to talk about a good and bad thing that happened that day. Knowing that the family gathered at dinner is a safe place to share joys and disappointments, is comforting. Recently a mom of a 1 year-old told me that at her daughter's first year check-up, one of the many questions the pediatrician asked her was, "Do you eat dinner as a family and talk about your day?" That pediatrician gets it! If parents start modeling communication with their one-year-old on a daily basis, they are more likely to have a teenager who knows how to share her day.

Make it a game of thinking of a good and bad, happy and sad, or fun and challenging event that day. By encouraging your young child to talk about a hard thing that happened that day, you can provide emotion words to help her express herself such as, "You must have been disappointed when Sally didn't let you join the game." or "I bet you were frustrated when they were out of your favorite dessert at lunch." Use books as conversation starters. Choose a book about school and see what conversation unfolds. For a laugh out loud, read What a Day it was at School! by Jack Prelutsky. His collection of poems about school–tipping over with a heavy backpack, throwing food in the cafeteria, hopelessly competing with a classmate in gym, or emitting an accidental noise during classes“is outrageously silly, getting a child laughing and connecting the stories to her school experience. After reading the book to a second grader, I asked her what happens in her school if someone throws food at lunch? She went on to tell me the rules, and all about Cody and Will when they made a mess in the cafeteria. Take advantage of your child stalling at bedtime.

One mother shared with me that if she lingers with her first-grade son after stories are read and the bedtime routine is over, she can count on about 10 minutes of chat about his day. He's smart–he knows what mom likes and how to stay up longer! Listen, listen, and listen. Once your child gets started talking about her day, hold off more questions and let her go. As parents, we tend to jump in with more questions, but pausing is important. A child gains confidence as she relates her day and you affirm her. -

See more at: http://www.parents-choice.org/article.cfm?art_id=357&the_page=consider_this#sthash.sy22EApM.dpuf

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All of our carpet cleaning service appointments include Chem-Dry of Richmond’s exclusive Healthy Home Assurance process; a ten point quality assurance system that is guaranteed to leave you satisfied, just like the thousands of happy customers that we have serviced in over twenty years.

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Is Today Mom's Favorite Day?

  
  
  
  
  

Hey

My wife works harder every summer than anyone should have to. 
I get the pleasure of going to work and enjoying the family time. 
It gets hard day after summer day to keep it together.
For all you stay at home parents it's a BIG day. 
Happy First Day of School 2014-2015.
I used to sing "It's the Most wonderful time of the year"
the first day back, but now it's going to fast.
My kids are 11th, 8th, and 6th grades.

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I wish everyone a happy healthy school year.
It's also a GREAT time to get your carpet,
upholstery and rugs spruced up. 
My kids and their friends trashed the
place and I'm anxious to get everything DEEP cleaned.

 

I'll make you a deal
Every Third Room of Carpet Cleaned is FREE.
room 1 $60, room 2 $60, room 3 FREE
room 4 $60, room 5 $60, room 6 FREE!

Has to be cleaned before Saturday Sept 13.

 

Also Buy One Get One FREE on Rugs or Family Room Furniture.

Schedule A Cleaning

Have a great school year,
Brian Curran
President
Chem-Dry of Richmond
804-620-3050
Chem-Dry of Williamsburg
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To-Do List Before You List!

  
  
  
  
  

Here are a few generally easy tips to help most any home put on a great showing performance. Read: http://bit.ly/1uYhWgq

Question: We are getting our house ready to put on the market. The advice from different agents has generated a variety of contrasting opinions about how to prepare the house for showings. We feel like two of the agents are asking for way more tasks than is necessary. Do you have a specific plan or recommendation to follow?

Answer:Every home is unique in a variety of ways. Without touring your home, it is not practical to guess, but if two out of three agents have similar independent opinions about the volume of work, it suggests they may be on the right track. Here are some tasks to consider, beyond a typical house cleaning, that will help most any home put on a great showing performance.

Why is this so important? Put yourself in the buyer's shoes. Assume two homes are virtually identical. They are both the same price and in the same neighborhood. Except, one of them is unkempt. Which one will you buy? If you chose the unkempt one because it was three blocks closer to work, how much less would you be willing to offer because you know you will have to spend time and money to freshen it up? There can be a thin line between upkeep and repair and condition and cleanliness. But sharp homes usually sell faster and for more money.

The clean-up checklist:

• Wash all the windows inside and out.

• Oil hinges on squeaky doors.

• Use paraffin wax to coat the runners the windows slide on so they open easily.

• Remove items from closets you plan to give away or throw away now. Thin out and organize them to show off the functionality. Or store items off-site. Do not wait till you move.

• If the carpet shows wear or has spots, have it cleaned commercially.

• Make sure all the light bulbs are in place, clean and working properly.

• Wash the walls and woodwork in high-traffic areas that show dirt easily.

• The garage adds value, especially when clean and well organized.

• Clean light fixtures, air vents and fan blades. These are items we tend to overlook.

• Clean around light-plate switches.

• As kitchens accumulate more dirt, wash the cupboards inside-out and scrub the floor.

• Pay particular attention to the bathrooms. Mirrors, sink, toilet and tub or shower should all be clean and bright.

• Make sure the bathroom fans are working and quiet.

The paint-up, fix-up checklist:

• Weed and feed the lawn to kill weeds and refresh the grass. Trim the edges.

• Trim the shrubs, trees and bushes so they do not dominate the appearance or street view.

• Freshen up the front door with paint, stain it, or, if it is plastic, just wash it.

• Check to see that the weather stripping around outside doors is intact.

• Check and repair the trim around windows and soffit for peeling, cracking or chipping paint.

• Repair or replace broken concrete in the sidewalk and on the porch.

• Replace open seals and broken windows, replace failed grout and caulk and repair or replace inoperable door hardware.

• Have a maintenance person plane the top or bottom edge of doors that do not close properly.

• Replace worn carpet or carpet with non-removable stains.

• Give "tired" rooms a coat of light-colored or off-white paint.

• Replace or repair broken, cracked or weathered trim boards and threshold on the exterior.

• Repair any appliances and equipment that will be staying so they are fully operable.

• Have an electrician fix or remove wires hanging out of unused or broken electrical equipment.

• Look for leaks around plumbing under sinks and have any problems repaired.

• Install shutters on the front windows of the house if you have the room.

When should you do the work? Ideally, before the first prospect walks through the front door. The list seems unwieldy. But many homebuyers tend to overestimate the cost and effort in doing the work. Some of these tasks are easy. Others, a maintenance person can combine into a single trip and take care of in a few hours. If the prospect cannot find anything wrong (they look for issues), going ahead becomes easier.

In most every case, the effort is well worth it.

Remember you are competing with other neighbors who are also trying to sell their homes. You are either helping the neighbors sell their home, or they are helping you sell your home.

Chem-Dry Carpet Cleaning, Richmond VA

Professional Carpet, Rug, and Upholstery Cleaners

Not all Williamsburg and Richmond carpet cleaning companies are the same. Chem-Dry of Richmond stands apart from the crowd of carpet cleaners by offering highly effective green cleaning technology, truly professional cleaning services and a reputation for customer service that is second to none.

All of our carpet cleaning service appointments include Chem-Dry of Richmond’s exclusive Healthy Home Assurance process; a ten point quality assurance system that is guaranteed to leave you satisfied, just like the thousands of happy customers that we have serviced in over twenty years.

Call us at 804.302.4099 for more information

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