Laminate Flooring Maintenance

Laminate flooring is great choice due to its affordable pricing and durability. Taking care of your laminate flooring is important, and luckily for you, it’s also easy if you follow these rules.

  • Wipe up spills immediately.
  • Never use a vacuum cleaner with a beater bar because it could damage and scratch the finish.
  • Use protective pads under furniture.
  • Avoid waxes, varnishes, polishes, shine enhancers and other products not designed for laminate floors, as they can leave a residue on your floors.
  • Place mats at entry points to the house to decrease the amount of dirt and other substances being tracked in onto the laminate.
  • Avoid mopping with traditional string mops. Instead, opt for microfiber clothes that require far less water. This is important because using too much water or letting water stand on laminate floors can warp the boards.
  • If you have a pet, keep its nails trimmed to prevent them from scratching the floors.
  • Remove high heels before walking on laminate flooring, otherwise you risk dents and scratches.

When in doubt, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and use products designed for use on laminate floors. If you have questions about caring for your laminate floors, give us a call or stop into any of our locations today!

Staging Your Home to Sell

Staging© Can Stock Photo your home is key to getting buyers interested in your home and successfully selling it. While you can hire a professional to stage your home, you can actually do many of the things yourself. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  1. Eliminate clutter – Buyers want to be able to visualize themselves living in your home and that’s hard to do when you’re surrounded by clutter.
  2. Clean – Your home should be white-glove clean, especially in areas like kitchens and bathrooms where dirtiness or mess is more likely to turn off buyers.
  3. Update your flooring – If your flooring is stained or scratched, it needs to be updated.
  4. Stick to neutral colors – Color palettes should be neutral unless you live in an area where you know buyers are looking for more color. Take care to make sure color doesn’t make the room appear smaller if you do choose to use color. Painting is an easy fix in main rooms to give buyers a blank slate to imagine themselves living there.
  5. In the kitchen – If you have a larger staging budget and your kitchen is a bit dated, update appliances, countertops and light fixtures. Old cabinets can be stained or painted and given updated hardware.
  6. Brighten up – Make rooms feel larger and more welcoming by opening window coverings, painting walls a light color and utilizing artificial lighting where necessary.
  7. Furniture – Move furniture around to maximize your spaces and complete rooms.
  8. In the bathrooms – Clean every corner of the bathroom, remembering vent fans, grout lines and other places where dirt and dust gather. If you have a larger budget, update tile, vanities and tubs if they are outdated or dingy.
  9. Updated curb appeal – The outside of your home is the first impression buyers will have of it so it’s important that it’s in good shape. Make sure the porch area is clean and that any landscaping is properly maintained. Paint over any peeling exterior paint and update outdated fixtures. Consider adding little touches to make your home feel more welcoming like floor mats, potted plants and wreathes.
  10. Closets – It might be tempting to shove things out of sight into a closet to make your home appear more organized, but buyers will want to see what kind of storage space is available and they will likely take a peak in all the closets, so make sure they’re organized!

Your home’s age and the number of renovations you’ve completed since living there are factors to consider when you’re determining which of these steps you need to take. You might not need to do anything, but it’s also possible that a more intensive overhaul might be in order. Your realtor should be able to lead you in the right direction if you aren’t sure.