Clean and Ready to Sell

by Kate Kennedy 09/01/2019

Cleaning is most peoples' least favorite thing on a typical day. But for Open House day? It can seem either terrifying or expensive, but it doesn't have to be. A little elbow grease can make a huge difference and save you a bundle.

Walls

You have to be careful of painted walls. If you're too abrasive, you'll rough up the paint. If you don't scrub enough, and the walls remain dirty. Start with a soft damp cloth like microfiber or a new sponge and just some clean water. If that's not enough, try a mild grease-cutting soap like dish or hand soap. If your walls are still dirty, use a kitchen or all-purpose spray cleaner or try a wall eraser. Stay away from steel wool or exfoliating style cleaners since they can take the paint right off your wall, which increases your cost.

Appliances

It should be no surprise that your best option here is to clean your stainless-steel appliances regularly. Regularly here means once or twice a week depending on how often you use it. A disinfectant spray or bleach and water solution will help to clean off any grime. Follow that up with a stainless-steel finishing spray available at your local appliance store. Use a soft, lint-free cloth and never liquid glass stovetop cleansers or soft scrubs as they can scratch or damage the surface and finish. 

Tile Countertops, Floors, and Showers

You can purchase a variety of tile cleaners at your local home improvement store, or easily make your own neutral pH cleaner from baking soda and water (use about ¼ cup baking soda per 1 gallon of water). Use a soft sponge or sponge mop to apply the mixture directly to your tile. You can clean the grout with the same solution, or for more stubborn stains get an oxygen bleach-based grout cleaner (it’s probably right next to the tile cleaner at the store). This time use a toothbrush to apply the cleanser and let it sit for 10-15 minutes before wiping it off. You can use a grout sealant to protect your grout once it’s clean to help keep it that way longer.

Wood Flooring and Carpets

Household cleaners and wood soaps are best for wood floors. You can use a similarly colored oil-based polish to fill in any scratches. If you have too many scratches, you might wait to sand the wood down and apply a stain-finish product, but be careful you know what you’re doing. If it’s a big job, it might be best to leave this one to the professionals. 

Your carpet needs more than just a regular vacuum, so try out a carpet cleaning machine, usually available for rent at your local home improvement store. Be careful only to use the soap or cleaner recommended for the device you rent, and in the right amounts. Extra soap can work against you. If it's left in the carpet, then it attracts more dirt.

Your real estate agent can help you determine if your cleaning situation is DIY or requires the professionals.

About the Author
Author

Kate Kennedy

 

Kate Kennedy is welcomed by the Heyler Realty team as a sales professional specializing in the Westside of Los Angeles. Kate has developed the professional acumen specifically designed to advocate on the behalf of her real estate clientele. Living in Santa Monica, Kate appreciates first hand how special it is to live by the sea, and is committed to helping her clients find their own perfect place in the sun.

Having been raised the daughter of a lobsterman, Kate learned early on what “hard work” truly means.  Coupling her inherited strong work ethic with her entrepreneurial spirit, Kate decided to break out on her own and leave the snowy Maine coast bound for the sunny shores of California. 

To say there was a bit of culture shock was an understatement, but Kate is the type of a person that likes to make big bold moves, and embracing this challenge was no different.  It didn’t take long before Kate had settled herself in Santa Monica, finding the small town feel familiar and comforting- even if the ocean was on the “wrong” side.

 Once she established her new home, Kate quickly went to work building her business, “Kate K My Way.” For well over a decade, Kate has been running her exclusive personal assistant business which was built entirely from client referrals. Kate’s desire to help people and make a difference on a personal level is what made her stand out among the masses.  Her no-nonsense East Coast practicality is what helped her to get the job done, and done correctly. Kate employs these same principles to her work as a Realtor.

Living in Santa Monica and proudly serving her community as a Board Member of the Ocean Park Association, Kate appreciates first hand how special it is to live by the sea, and  is committed to helping her clients find their own perfect place in the sun. Her commitment to her clients is unwavering.   Kate’s communication skills, attention to detail and ability to focus on the big picture help to ensure easy transactions and positive results for her clients.  Above all Kate prides herself on her honesty, integrity and ability to bring good humor to all of her business dealings.

Outside the Office

Kate and her husband, Steve, live in the Ocean Park neighborhood of Santa Monica, and enjoy taking full advantage of all that west coast seaside living has to offer. As cheesy as it may sound, Kate really DOES love long walks on the beach, but you will have to get up very early in the morning to catch her down by Tower 26. Kate’s other interests include cooking for friends, attending local theatre, gardening, and reading science fiction and Stephen King novels.

Professional Accomplishments

Five Star Professional Rising Star Award 2019