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A Move-Out Cleaning Checklist

Moving out of a house or an apartment can be stressful, but is an important task that must be completed to ensure that you get your security deposit back, and are not charged for something that could easily be avoided. Putting a plan in place for the move-out process can make it a lot less cumbersome. The following checklist will assist you in moving out efficiently, by enlisting the important tasks to be done while moving out:

  • Remove any screws or nails on walls and fill in the holes.
  • Clean glass windows, doors and mirrors with glass cleaner.
  • Scrub bathtubs and bathroom sinks with cleansers designed for the purpose. Bleach could come in handy at this stage to remove any stubborn grout. Also make sure you clean the drains and do not leave any unsightly hair or grime behind.
  • Clean any outdoor space after moving away potted plants.
  • Perform minor repairs like broken door knobs, missing blinds etc., to ensure that you are not charged exorbitantly for these repairs after you move out.
  • Clean switchboards, kitchen surfaces and any other shelves as well as surfaces that can be wiped down.
  • Empty all cabinets and drawers and wipe down their surfaces from inside.
  • Clean kitchen sinks and counters. Pay special attention to the faucets, ensuring they are shiny and well-cleaned.
  • If you have a garage, make sure it is well-organized and cleaned. Vacuum and mop the floor and all surfaces in garage.
  • Clean any electronic appliances like dishwashers, ovens, washer and dryer, microwave, etc. and make sure you replace any component that you might have removed. Leave everything as you found it when you shifted.
  • Remove any wallpaper, child locks, shelf liners etc. that you might have added at some point.
  • Clean the kitchen stove, take time to remove all drip pans, clean them thoroughly and replace if necessary. Remember that it is a lot cheaper to buy drip pans than to be charged several fold the cost, if you leave ones in bad condition behind.
  • Make sure you do not leave any personal accessories such as shower curtains, handheld showers, curtains etc. behind.
  • Clean walls and baseboards to remove any fingerprints or removable marks.
  • Vacuum out any dusty outlets such as the bathroom exhaust fan or area under heating vents.
  • Get carpet cleaned professionally if necessary, or else vacuum thoroughly after moving out furniture.

The secret to making moving out smoothly and efficiently is to allow yourself plenty of time so that you are not stressed out at the last minute. Following a checklist can help to break down the whole process into manageable tasks to ensure that no important step is missed.

For more information, contact Lone Star Realty & Property Management, Inc. We are located at 1020 W Jasper Drive, Killeen, TX 76542. You can also call at (254) 699 – 7003.

Terms Associated With Real Estate

Real estate terminology is wide-reaching and comprehensive. Having a basic understanding of these terms will help you perform better in the real estate world. Here is a look at some of the popular terms associated with real estate

  • ARM (Adjustable Rate Mortgage): ARMs are mortgages that are tied to indexes, according to which the interest rate of the mortgage changes periodically.
  • Adjustment Date: This term is directly linked to ARMs (Adjustable Rate Mortgages) and refers to the date on which the interest rate of the ARM changes.
  • Appraisal: If you want to buy a home, your lender will require this figure from you. This can be obtained with the help of a licensed appraiser who will determine the appraisal based on the prices of other homes of similar value.
  • Closing costs: These are the costs that are incurred during the process of closing the deal. They include loan origination fee, processing fees, insurance for the title, tax, attorney’s fee etc.
  • Contingencies: These refer to certain conditions that are put forward and must be fulfilled before the sale is finalized.
  • Down payment: Down payment is the initial lump sum that is paid by the buyer as payment. It is excluded from the amount that is financed, and is a determining factor in the length of the loan as well as interest rate.
  • Easement: It is a legal document authorizing someone other than the legal owner to have rights over the property.
  • FHA mortgage: This is a mortgage that is given by the FHA (Federal Housing Administration). It is easy to qualify for such loans and have low down payment requirements.
  • Foreclosure: Foreclosure is the legal term used for a situation in which a borrower defaults on his payments, and is thus deprived over the possession and rights on the property. A forced sale at a public auction is made and proceeds from the sale are used for paying off the mortgage debt. 
  • Lien: This is the right to hold one’s property until the conditions that caused the withholding are fulfilled.
  • Mortgage: This is a legal document that gives the lender security by giving him rights to the property in case the borrower defaults on their payments.

For more information, contact Lone Star Realty & Property Management, Inc. We are located at 1020 W Jasper Drive, Killeen, TX 76542. You can also call us at (254) 699 – 7003.

Staging A Rental Home Before Showing

Staging a rental property helps in creating a great first impression. Potential tenants are more likely to rent a house in which they can imagine themselves living. The whole idea behind staging a property is to make the renters love what they see and yearn for it.

If you are considering to stage your rental property before showing it to potential tenants, here are some helpful tips:

  • Don’t Go Overboard
Never over do the staging. Keep it simple and real. Add an element of freshness and appeal to your bathrooms, kitchen, master bedroom and patio. These are the rooms tenants pay more attention to. Make use of fresh towels, indoor plants, rugs, end tables in the bedroom, planters in the patio etc.

  • Stick To Your Budget
You don’t have to spend more to make your rental property look stunning. Instead you should spend smart. Consider economical options like a smart combination of lamps, mirrors to make the space look larger and brighter, indoor plants, discounted accent pieces and so on.

  • Target Your Audience
Your style of staging the property should be in sync with the type of tenants you want to attract. You will have to do it differently for families, students, professionals etc.

  • Hire A Professional Home Stager
If you are not very sure as to how to go about staging your rental property effectively, get a professional stager to do it for you. At the end, it will definitely be worth the effort. You can then post professional photos and a virtual tour of your perfectly staged property on a listing website.

  • Colors And Decor
Avoid using bold colors and use neutral colors instead. Brighten up the space with pops of color in the form of throws and pillows. As far as the décor is concerned, make sure it is not very personal. The property should look inviting.

  • Get Rid Of Clutter
Clutter is notorious for making spaces look smaller than they actually are. Clearing clutter will instantly open up your rooms. Use furniture and items of décor sparingly and tastefully. Keep countertops clear and shove away all personal items.

  • Enhance Your Rental Property’s Unique Selling Points
Highlight the best parts of your property. These could be points like a fireplace, a unique bookshelf, a special piece of art and so on. Make use of strategic lighting to make such corners and pieces stand out.

  • Nice Smell
Infusing pleasant and refreshing smells on the day of showing your property to tenants is a major part of staging. Get rid of all nasty smells such as those of dampness, cigarettes, food items etc. You can repaint the house to get rid of old smells completely. Alternatively, you can light up scented candles on the show day.

For more information, contact Lone Star Realty & Property Management, Inc. We are located at 1020 West Jasper Drive, Killeen, TX 76542. You can also call us at (254) 699–7003.

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