70 Tips for Cleaning your house after the kids are sick

This blog post from BackUpCare.org is so valuable for so many of us with the season of sickness that has hit our Shreveport/Bossier City area in the last few months. My pediatrician reports that there have been more cases of RSV locally than flu or any other viral illness.

In our home we have not dealt with RSV but we have had numerous rounds of viruses including ‘walking pneumonia’. Today I went on a search for new ideas to get a home back to well and found this extensive blog post on areas to clean that might be forgotten around the home. I want to share this with you.

Though not directly related to real estate, when you are shopping for homes or having others visit your home that is for sale you need to keep ‘germ spreading’ on your list of things to be aware of during seasons like this that are so full of spreading viruses.

Below is the actual article from BackUpCare.Org with a direct link at the bottom:

70 Tips for Cleaning Your House after the Kids are Sick

housecleaningDespite your best efforts to prevent it, your kids will end up sick at some point or another. As unfortunate as this is, it happens to everyone. The key to quickly coming out of this debacle on the other side is keeping the germs from spreading to the rest of the family. Disinfecting the house is one of the best ways to prevent anyone else from contracting the illness, and these 70 blogs are full of tips to clean your house in the event that someone comes down with a sickness that’s easily spread.

How to Sanitize Your Home after Illness

Where do you even start when it comes to cleaning the house after an illness? If you can, open up some windows to get fresh air into your home. This air will not only clear out any strange smells that are lingering, it will also help replenish the stale air with fresh air. Grab some rubber gloves, gather up all of the trash and dump it. Disinfect your trash cans, because they can hold germs for hours and even days depending on the germ. For other tips on cleaning your home after your kids have been sick, read these 10 blogs.

Cleaning Those Forgotten Areas

It’s easy to overlook cleaning some areas of your home; however, those surfaces can hold tons of germs. For instance, the drawers in your refrigerator can hold germs that can make your entire family ill. To avoid this, line them with paper towels. These 10 blogs share tips on how to clean forgotten areas of the home.

How a Decluttered Home Helps after Illness

While you probably try to stay ahead of clutter in your home it can be a never ending battle. If you create routines for yourself to prevent clutter, though, you can keep it under control. In times of illness you may have a friend or loved one come in to help you, but if your home is filled with clutter they won’t know what to do with it all and may end up stacking it or skipping over those surfaces all together. If you don’t have anyone to come help you and you are trying to make sure the house is picked up, you will find that it doesn’t take long at all to clean the house when there’s no clutter. Take a look at these 10 blogs to learn more about decluttering and how it can save you time and energy.

Cleaning the Kitchen to Avoid Foodborne Illness

Foodborne illnesses can make your family really sick. These types of illnesses are typically contracted because of cross contamination in the kitchen or a problem with food preparation. There are ways to prevent foodborne illnesses at home, though. Two easy tricks: keep surfaces clean and be careful to not to use the same knife with raw meat that you do with cooked. These blogs will explain how foodborne illnesses can happen and what you can do to prevent them.

Cleaning Up After Your Child Has Thrown Up

Unfortunately, cleaning up after your child has vomited is part of the parenting gig. It’s not fun, but if you use the tips found in these 10 blogs you will be able to make it bearable. One thing to remember is that you need to clean up the carpet immediately because it may stain the carpet if left to dry. The carpet is not the only place that kids throw up, though, and you’ll find tips for cleaning up any and all spaces in these 10 blogs.

Green Cleaning Products that Work

If you prefer to avoid harsh chemicals when you are cleaning your home there are several alternatives that will work just as well as for killing germs. Vinegar and tea tree are natural solutions that will disinfect surfaces, for example. Take a look at these tips and see if these green cleaning ideas appeal to you.

How to Clean to Prevent Illness

Every time you clean, whether it’s after someone has been sick or not, you are cleaning to prevent illness. However, there’s more to cleaning than just hitting the big areas in the home. These 10 blogs give specific tips on cleaning areas that you might not think about to prevent your family from getting sick.

Open Houses … Fact vs. Myth

I should start by saying, I am a HUGE fan of public open houses when homes are listed for sale. Whenever possible, I hold at least one home open every Sunday in Shreveport, Bossier City, Haughton or Benton.

All real estate agents know that sellers like their houses to be held open on weekends. Many agents feel like it’s a waste of time because ‘listings don’t sell during open houses’.

There are more elements to that 2-4 time frame that may not be considered and all of them center around the marketing effort that goes into promoting an open house.

Let me be clear, it may be true that the buyer for that particular house may not show up at a Sunday open house. MAY NOT.

So how does an open house benefit sellers?

There have been occasions that the right buyer shows up at an open house but those cases are rare. The benefits from having your agent hold the home open lie in the extra marketing that takes place which doesn’t happen otherwise. An open house, when property advertised, shows up in the paper and various pop ups online with websites like Realtor.com and Zillow. In essence, it shows up as a shout-out in every possible marketing venue available.

Then there are the directional signs. Curious people, home shopping at that moment or not, will many times drive through the area just to see where the signs lead and that can spark an interest to make an appointment to see the home. Directional signs can lead otherwise ‘non-shopper’s into deciding it’s time to move. And they just might want your house.

Add to all of that, social media buzz. All good agents tweet, Facebook, Instagram and post everywhere on social media that an open house is coming up. I like to also take snapshots and videos while I am inside the house, during the open house, and hash tag the open house, the address and features and blast them on social media for that couple of hours.

Fact is, a home gets more attention any time an extra marketing effort takes place. Open Houses, when promoted correctly, are definitely an extra marketing effort.

So … FACT: Open houses create buzz for any home that is being held open. MYTH: Open Houses are a waste of the seller’s and agent’s time. WHEN PROMOTED PROPERLY an open house is a huge marketing burst for any listing.

My advice … make sure your listing agent is prepared to hold your house open!!

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*Do you have questions about selling your home, buying a home or anything regarding real estate? Contact me at your preferred method and I’ll get back to you as quickly as possible. My email is dmothomas@gmail.com. You can call or text me at 318-344-3731.

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Dawn Thomas is affiliated with

Century 21 Elite
4012 Benton Road, Suite 110
Bossier City, LA 71111
318-746-8000
Each office independently Owned & operated

Louisiana license #19075

 

Thinking you want to buy a home in Shreveport, Bossier City, Haughton, Doyline or surrounding areas of northwest Louisiana. Buying home in Louisiana is easy with the best agent in Shreveport, Bossier City, Haughton, Doyline and northwest Louisiana. If you’re looking to sell your home contact Dawn Thomas, the best listing agent in northwest Louisiana specializing in Shreveport, Bossier City, Haughton, Doyline and surrounding areas. Call Dawn with all of your questions on how to list a home for sale or how to sell a home in Louisiana. Search homes for sale on Dawn’s Century 21 website at www.dawnthomas.c21.com.

How to Get Pre-Qualified For a Mortgage

Step #1 in anyone’s buying process must be getting prequalified to buy a home. Depending on individual circumstances, it could take a month or more to get everything lined up to obtain a pre-approval for a new mortgage.

The process is very simple and you start by selecting a loan originator. Here in Louisiana our state government has special requirements for licensing loan originators. It is always best to use a local lender for your loan regardless of where you are moving from to get here. I’ve been involved in transactions where the buyers wanted to use an out-of-state lender (a former lender, a friend, what have you) but come to find out weeks down the line that their lender wasn’t licensed in the state to provide mortgage loans. Then they had to start the process all over again.

Mortgage Checklist
The following information is usually required during the loan process:

  • Your Social Security Number
  • Current pay stubs or, if self employed, your tax returns for the past two years
  • Bank statements for the past two months
  • Investment account statements for the past two months
  • Life insurance policy
  • Retirement account statements for the past two months
  • Make and model of vehicles you own and their resale value
  • Credit card account information
  • Auto loan account information
  • Personal loan account information

If you currently own Real Estate:

  • Mortgage account information
  • Home insurance policy information
  • Home equity account information (if applicable)

Below are some of my most trusted mortgage lenders in the Shreveport/Bossier City/Haughton area. Any of these folks can provide you with excellent service from beginning to end and are all experts in their field.

These lenders are not listed in any particular order and are all excellent.

BE SURE to tell them Dawn Thomas sent you!

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Stephanie Smith with HomeBridge Financial Services
NMLS #1410133
4012 Benton Road, Suite 102
Bossier City, Louisiana 71111
Cell: (318)-294-4461
Click here to get to the mortgage application page

 

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Tara Rodgers with Universal Home Mortgage
NMLS #118034 Co #452955
920 Pierremont Rd, Suite 520
Shreveport, LA  71106
Office:  (318) 675-1010 Ext. 12
Cell:  (318) 218-8525
Click here to get to the mortgage application page

 

 

Have more questions? Contact me.

Or call/text me at 318-344-3731

 

 

Dawn Thomas is affiliated with

Century 21 Elite
4012 Benton Road, Suite 110
Bossier City, LA 71111
318-746-8000
Each office independently Owned & operated

Louisiana license #19075

 

Thinking you want to buy a home in Shreveport, Bossier City, Haughton, Doyline or surrounding areas of northwest Louisiana. Buying home in Louisiana is easy with the best agent in Shreveport, Bossier City, Haughton, Doyline and northwest Louisiana. If you’re looking to sell your home contact Dawn Thomas, the best listing agent in northwest Louisiana specializing in Shreveport, Bossier City, Haughton, Doyline and surrounding areas. Call Dawn with all of your questions on how to list a home for sale or how to sell a home in Louisiana. Search homes for sale on Dawn’s Century 21 website at www.dawnthomas.c21.com.

 

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