Now that spring is officially here, have you started your "Spring Cleaning"? Here are 40 tips for spring cleaning. 30 inside tips and 10 outside tips. These are just suggestions. You may do more or less than the tips provided below. Happy Spring Cleaning!!
40 Tip Spring Cleaning Checklist:
Certified Residential Appraiser
careful not to over improve or under improve your home for your market. If you live in a standard area, marble
flooring may be considered an over improvement.
On the flip side in a more upscale area marble flooring may be more
acceptable or expected.
doesn’t always equal value.
big misconception I hear often is I paid $150,000 for my house and did $50,000
in improvements so my home value is probably $200,000. This is not always necessarily true. Some improvements may add equal or greater value,
some may add some value and some could add little or no value. Be familiar with costs of improvements and potential
values they could add.
sure you know if a “Permit” is required for improvement.
installing new flooring or painting interior walls are not going to require a
permit. However, updating electrical and
plumbing or installing a new roof will require a permit. Each city should have a list of new
construction or improvements of existing structures that require a permit. You can check online with your cities
website. Typically it will be under
building department. If not available
online you can stop by your local city hall and request a copy of required
sure the craftsmanship is up to your markets expected standards. You’ve decided on a home improvement, taken
all the necessary steps before hand to do that improvement and paid for that
improvement. The last thing you want is
for that improvement to be done in poor craftsmanship. This could contribute to little or no value
being added to your home. Or even a
worse case, loss of value added to your home due to that improvement having to
sure to see that improvement through to the end. You have just gutted and remodeled your
bathroom (with proper permits). However,
there is unfinished baseboard trim around some walls or missing outlet covers
around electrical outlets. This can make
a beautiful remodel job look shoddy and incomplete.
doing an improvement the best advice is to stay neutral. Don’t necessarily pick colors that you like
or bold colors. Especially if you are
planning on selling your home in the near future. Everyone’s taste is different. Some may love this color or that color or that
flooring or this flooring. Stay neutral
in your selections to try and appeal to a wider potential market.
property during the winter season in Northeast Ohio can be very
challenging. Temperatures and weather
conditions can make for a long and cold day.
An appraiser will typically start on the outside of the property. They will take various pictures of the home,
street and other structures on site. The
appraiser will also measure the house and, in some cases, other structures on
site (porches, patios, decks, outbuildings or garages). This is where an owner can really make the
inspection process easier for the appraiser.
Shovel sidewalks, driveways, porches, patios and/or decks. This will make getting around the property
easier and it will also allow the appraiser to be able to view and note sizes
and materials used for such features.
Clear access doors to any garages, outbuildings, sheds or other
structures so appraiser may open and enter these areas. This includes crawl space foundations if access
is only from exterior. Owners can also
let the appraiser know if there are any potential hazardous areas around the
house. It could be a pond, lake, in
ground pool or window wells. This
reminds of me a time when I was in the process of measuring a home. I hooked my tape measure on the rear corner
wall and started to walk along the home when all of a sudden I dropped about 2
feet. There was a frog pond which I
could not see because of the snow coverage.
I had to call my wife and have her bring me another pair of pants, socks
and boots. That was a fun day. Finally, inside the home have an area with a
rug or towel on the ground to take boots or shoes off. More than likely they will be wet and we
don’t want to get those beautiful floors wet.