Buying an Airbnb Loft

17 May 2019 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Buying an Airbnb HomeAre you thinking about buying a Loft to rent out on Airbnb or other rental sites? These types of real estate investments can generate extra income for many years. But if this is your first time buying a property to rent, you probably have many questions. Here are some of the basics you need to know when buying an Airbnb home.

Choose a great location

It should go without saying, but one of the most important characteristics of an Airbnb home is the location. Your Airbnb home needs to be in a location that attracts short-term rentals. Renters will want to be close to the area’s attractions, which can include parks, tourist districts, college campuses, or performance venues. They are also appealing to short-term renters if they are close to public transportation or main thoroughfares.

Consider the amenities

When choosing the property, you’ll not only want to consider the location but also the amenities that a Loft has to offer. Ideally, the Loft should have at least two bedrooms and one full bathroom with a bathtub. Parking should be included for free. There should be enough room for everyone to gather together inside for watching TV and dining. Having perks like a pool and gym is advised. And don’t forget that the property should be pleasing to the eye and have modern appliances that are fully functioning. If the home needs upgrades, consider the costs and whether or not those changes will provide a return on your investment.

Look at the competition

Once you’ve decided on your target neighborhoods, check out current Airbnb listings for those locations. What are guests in this location looking for? Take note of the rates that current hosts are charging as well as the amenities they offer. Also check to see how many listings are in the neighborhood. You want to be in a desirable location that isn’t already saturated with short-term rentals.

Consider your level of involvement

Becoming an Airbnb host can be a major time commitment. Are you planning to manage the property yourself or hire a management company? When you own an Airbnb home, you’ll be on the hook for all the maintenance and upkeep, including greeting guests, providing information about the area, and cleaning up in between bookings.

Buying the Loft

If the Airbnb home you want to purchase will not be your primary residence, this can affect the kind of financing you can get. If you do not intend to live in the home, you may qualify for an investment property loan. It can be more difficult to qualify for these loans, and the interest rates are typically higher. Of course, if you can afford to make an all-cash offer, this will limit the obstacles you face when purchasing.

Check the rules

Not all municipalities and HOA’s allow short-term rentals. Be sure to check the area’s and buildings regulations and laws before you buy a Loft. Likewise, if the Loft is part of a homeowners association or condo association, you need to be familiar with the rules. You don’t want to discover after you’ve purchased the Loft that you won’t be allowed to use it for short-term rentals.




What All First-Time buyers Should Know

11 May 2019 · by Virtual Results PubSub

We’re heading into one of the busiest seasons in real estate. If you’re gearing up to buy your first Loft, you may have some competition out there. Spring and summer tend to dominate the housing market and see the most activity. When you’re buying your first Loft, the whole process may seem a little intimidating. Here’s what you need to know in order to have a successful first-time Loft-buying experience.

Know what you can afford

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when shopping for a Loft is not determining what you can reasonably afford. Your monthly mortgage payment will likely be your biggest expense, and not being able to make that payment can be stressful. For this reason, you should narrow your search to homes you can afford based on your current finances. Plug your data into an online calculator to get an estimate of the price range you should concentrate on.

Get pre-approved for a mortgage

Before you being your Loft search in earnest, it is essential you get pre-approved for a mortgage. Getting pre-approved signals to a seller that you are a serious homebuyer. If you’re searching in a competitive market, not being pre-approved will work against you. If there are multiple offers on a Loft, the sellers are most likely to choose the buyer who has been pre-approved.

Know what you want

Once you begin to look at Loft listings, you’ll see there are so many choices out there. If you don’t want to waste your time, get clear about what you want. Is the school district important? Would you like to be close to your job? How much space do you need? Would you like to be within walking distance of certain amenities like restaurants or cultural attractions? Take time before you start looking to create a wish list so you can be strategic about your Loft search.

Be flexible

Once you’ve determined what you want, you also need to stay open and be flexible. It’s unlikely that the perfect Loft will materialize out of nowhere. You will need to make compromises. You should know ahead of time what items on your wish list are “must-haves” and which ones are “would-be-nice-to-haves.”

Know the costs

You are probably already aware that you’ll need a down payment for your Loft. This can range anywhere between three to 20 percent of the purchase price, depending on the type of loan you secure. But be prepared for other costs you will incur. You’ll need earnest money to submit when you make an offer. You’ll also need to factor in the closing costs such as taxes, attorney fees, title insurance, and inspection.

Work with an agent

Finally, one of the most important things you can do as a first-time homebuyer is to work with an experienced real estate agent. When you work with an agent, you have a trusted partner who is working in your best interest. They will be familiar with the local market and understand the entire real estate process. Working with a professional will help eliminate loads of stress and they can make suggestions and offer advice throughout the entire process.

 




Open House Etiquette for Buyers

3 May 2019 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Open House Etiquette for BuyersIf you’re house hunting, then chances are you’ll attend at least one open house. Open houses are a great way to view a property, get a sense of the neighborhood, and learn more about the local market. They are convenient because you don’t have to set an appointment – you can just drop in at your convenience during the open house hours. Be aware, however, that there are some rules when attending open houses. As a buyer, here’s what you should know before you attend your first one.

Have a plan

When you’re going to an open house, you should have a game plan. Since you’re giving up an hour or two of your time, you might as well make the most of it. Plan to check out the neighborhood. See if there are other open houses nearby that you can attend. You can cover a lot of ground in one afternoon.

Dress appropriately

If you’re a serious buyer, then you need to dress the part. You can still dress casually, but avoid looking sloppy. This is a chance to talk with the agent hosting the open house, and first impressions count. You’ll probably be doing a fair amount of walking, especially if you want to check out the neighborhood, so wear comfortable shoes.

Be on time

An open house will usually take place during a set period of time – for example, from 1 to 4 pm on a Sunday afternoon. Plan to arrive on the early side, but not before it begins. Give the agent the time they need to prepare, and give yourself enough time to thoroughly evaluate the Loft. You should also avoid arriving late. If you think you will be late, call the agent and ask if they will stay for you. If not, make arrangements for a private showing on another day.

Sign in

There will most certainly be a sign-in sheet at the door, and you should sign it. Obviously, this is a way for the agent to contact you after the open house. But it’s also a way to know who is coming and going to keep the Loft secure during the open house.

Talk to the agent

It is appropriate for you to ask questions of the agent who is hosting the open house. You can find out if any offers have been made and how long the property has been on the market. If the open house is busy, don’t monopolize their time. You can always follow-up with them afterwards. You should also let an agent know if you already have representation.

Keep negative opinions to yourself

Your mother was right – if you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say anything at all. You never know who may be listening, whether it’s a friend of the seller or a neighbor from down the street. If you do decide at a later date to make an offer on the Loft, it could get back to the seller. If you’re competing with other buyers, your negative comments will reflect poorly on you.

Don’t loiter

Finally, be efficient when you’re attending an open house. Explore the Loft, chat with the agent, have a cookie and be off. The open house will give you a taste of what the Loft is like. If you’re serious about putting in an offer, follow-up to schedule a private showing.

 




After Your Loft Sells

26 Apr 2019 · by Virtual Results PubSub

After Your Home SellsIf you’ve just sold your Loft – congratulations! Selling a Loft can be stressful, and making it to the finish line deserves a celebration. But just because you’ve made it to the closing table doesn’t mean it’s time to wash your hands of the whole affair. There are smart moves you can make to get the most out of your recent Loft sale. Here’s what you need to know.

Review your paperwork

After you close on your Loft sale, review all the paperwork you receive to check for errors. Even if everyone involved in the sale is a trusted professional, mistakes can happen. Be sure the mortgage payoff amounts are correct. Check all the fees to make sure there are no surprises. If so, follow-up with your agent to have them explained to you, and talk to an attorney if needed.

Keep your paperwork

Yes, selling your Loft generates a mountain of paperwork. Though it may be tempting to shred it all, you should hold onto it. You’ll need these documents to prepare your taxes for the year. You will be required to show proof of your expenses and of the proceeds from the sale, so keep those papers in a safe place. You’ll need to have them on hand for several years just in case the IRS audits you. You’ll also want to hang on to any paperwork that has to do with improvements you made to the Loft. This is also important come tax time. You may or may not be eligible for tax breaks because of them, but you’ll lose out no matter what if you don’t keep receipts.

Be aware of tax laws

It is not unusual for tax laws to change, so pay attention to those that have to do with the sale of your Loft. The recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act made several changes to tax laws that affect homeowners. If you’re unsure of how they affect you, talk to a professional tax accountant.

Invest your proceeds wisely

If you aren’t ready to buy a new Loft immediately, then invest your money wisely. A money market account is a great choice. These types of savings accounts allow you relatively easy access to your money and provide a decent return. It’s a safe place to keep your money while you’re deciding on your next steps.

Take your time

Now that your Loft sale is complete, you may feel some pressure to buy a new Loft quickly. It’s perfectly acceptable to take your time with your new Loft purchase. Don’t be afraid to rent for a period of time, especially if you’re moving to a new neighborhood. This gives you time to decide what you need in your new situation.

Strategize your down payment

If you have significant proceeds from the sale of you Loft, it may be tempting to make a bigger down payment on your next Loft. Look over your finances carefully and decide if this is truly the best decision for you at this time. It might make more sense to pay the standard 20 percent down and use the remainder of the money in a different investment with a potentially bigger payoff.

 




The Dangers of Overpricing Your Loft

19 Apr 2019 · by Virtual Results PubSub

The Dangers of Overpricing Your HomeThe most common issue that most Loft sellers confront is determining exactly how much their Loft is worth. If you’re selling your Loft, then you know that many factors contribute to the pricing. While it can be tempting to price your Loft on the high side, it can have potentially devastating consequences. This is what can happen when you list your Loft for too much money.

Your Loft won’t show up in search results

Most loft buyers begin their searches online. In most cases, they’ll conduct a search that includes their price range. When you price your Loft too high compared to others in your neighborhood, your Loft will not show up in the search results. Many buyers who may otherwise have been interested in your Loft will never even see it listed online.

Your Loft will not attract the right buyer

Another danger of overpricing your Loft is that you will attract the wrong buyer. If a potential buyer is looking at homes all in the same price range, they may be disappointed with yours. Your Loft will not have the same amenities as the others on the market for the same price. The potential buyers who do look at your Loft will most often be non-starters. They’re more likely to make an offer on one of the homes with better amenities.

Your Loft will stay on the market too long

New listings – those that have been posted in the last 30 days – get the most traffic. Once you’ve gone beyond those 30 days, you’ll see a decline in the number of showings you book. The longer your Loft is on the market, the more negative it appears to potential buyers. In fact, if a buyer knows your Loft has been on the market too long, then they are more likely to make a low-ball offer. In cases like this, you may end up selling your Loft for less than it is worth, simply because you priced it too high in the beginning.

You will have a problem with the appraisal

Even if you find a buyer that is willing to pay your asking price, you could still run into trouble. If this buyer is relying on financing to purchase the Loft, then it’s unlikely the deal will make it to the closing table. During the closing process, the lender will order an appraisal of your Loft. If the appraiser determines that the market value is less than the price you’ve agreed to sell for, the lender may deny financing. This wastes valuable time and prolongs the Loft selling process while you search for another buyer.

Your Loft won’t sell

The bottom line is – if you overprice your Loft, then it’s unlikely you will sell it. This is why it’s so important to work with a professional real estate agent who is an expert in your local market. By partnering with a knowledgeable agent, you can feel comfortable that they will price your Loft based on the current market conditions. Not only will this result in a quicker Loft sale, but you’ll also feel much less stressed in the process.

 




Selling Your Loft in a Competitive Market

12 Apr 2019 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Are you thinking about listing your Loft for sale this spring or summer? While this can be an ideal time of the year to sell your Loft, it can also be competitive. There may be many other homeowners in your area who are putting their homes on the market at the same time. When buyers have several options, it’s easier for your Loft to be overlooked. For this reason, here’s what you need to do to stand out among the crowd.

Price it right

It is absolutely essential that you price your Loft correctly from the very beginning. If your Loft is more expensive than comparable homes in the area, then it’s unlikely to get offers. Work with a professional real estate agent who is an expert in the local market. They will have the knowledge, experience, and tools needed to price your Loft right from the start.

Clean and stage

Potential buyers will be more attracted to homes that are clean and well-maintained. Before listing your Loft, clean it thoroughly from top to bottom. This includes shampooing carpets, washing windows, and cleaning walls. You should also make needed repairs like fixing leaky faucets and patching holes. Once you’ve cleaned, it’s time to de-clutter and depersonalize. Store extra furniture and personal belongings. You want your Loft to feel as spacious as possible. You also want buyers to be able to imagine themselves in your Loft so don’t leave out pictures of family or other personal items. If possible, have your Loft professionally staged to maximize its appeal.

Add curb appeal

Potential buyers will form a first impression of your Loft based on the exterior. It’s important to spruce up your curb appeal. This is the best time of year to make your Loft attractive on the outside, and you don’t need to spend much money. Trim trees and prune shrubs. Clean up yard debris and keep the lawn mowed. Add colorful annuals and potted flowers and plants to the front porch. Add a small and tasteful decorative touch like a seasonal wreath on the front door.

Take professional photos

Most home buyers begin their search online. It is so easy to browse Loft listings, so you’ll want to make your Loft stand out in this environment. Consider hiring a professional photographer to take pictures of your Loft. Great photos will entice buyers to see your Loft in person. The photos should make your Loft look spacious and well-maintained.

Be ready for showings

With so many other homes on the market, you’ll need to be ready to show your Loft at any time. Make arrangements to have pets out of the Loft during a showing. Keep your Loft clean and tidy and ready for visitors.

Hire a professional

Ultimately, one of your greatest resources when selling your Loft in a competitive market is a professional real estate agent. When you work with someone who is an expert in your neighborhood, they will have the tools and advice needed to make your Loft stand out. Working with an agent will boost your chances of selling quickly and for a great price, so it’s worth the investment.




When Your Neighbor Sells Their Loft

9 Apr 2019 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Did you see a “for sale” sign go up by the entrance of the building? Watching a good neighbor move away can certainly make you feel a little sad. But it can also provide you with valuable information about your loft and the local market. This is especially true if you’re thinking about selling your property sometime soon. Here are some of the things you should do when your neighbor sells their unit.

Go to the open Loft

If your neighbor is hosting an open house, then by all means you should attend. This will give you time to explore their Loft and see how it compares to yours. You’ll hear feedback from other potential buyers about what they like and what they don’t like about the Loft. This can help you make decisions down the line when it comes time to sell your Loft. In addition, attending the open Loft can give you a different perspective about your Loft. What does it look like from the outside from their Loft? Is there anything that you would fix or change if you could?

Pay attention to the market

When your neighbor sells their Loft, it can reveal important information about your local market. How long did it take for the Loft to sell? This is especially useful to know if their Loft is quite similar to yours. If it sold quickly, you may want to sell soon. But if it languished for several weeks or months, it may pay to wait. Also, what was the final sale price, and how much did it differ from the original asking price? In addition, how did it compare to other selling prices for similar homes in your neighborhood? You may also want to find out who bought the Loft, as it can tell you if the demographic in your neighborhood is shifting. Perhaps what was once a neighborhood of young families is turning into a neighborhood of retirees. This can help you focus your marketing efforts down the line.

Communicate with seller’s agent

Do you have any unresolved issues with your neighbor? Sellers are required to disclose many things about their property to potential buyers, but those requirements can vary from place to place. Be upfront with the seller’s agent about what they should communicate to potential buyers.

Work in tandem

Finally, if you’re planning to sell your Loft at the same time that your neighbor is, join forces with them. Instead of seeing it as a competition, you can work together to get a more favorable outcome for both parties. Try using the same agent if possible. This way, it’s easy for potential buyers to view both properties at the same time. You can also work with your neighbor about your listing price. Make an agreement that neither of you will lower the price without talking with each other. Now is not the time to get into a bidding war with someone who can be a good ally in your Loft sale.




Explore a Community Through Social Media

29 Mar 2019 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Explore a Community Through Social Media

Social media has become an indispensible tool for keeping in touch with old friends, staying current with the news and enjoying the latest viral cat video. But did you ever consider using social media to learn about a neighborhood? If you’re getting ready to relocate and want to do a little reconnaissance before your arrival, here’s how you can use social media to help.

Facebook

Facebook makes it easy to find out all kinds of information about your new neighborhood. Simply type the name of the city or neighborhood into the search bar, and narrow the results by clicking “places” at the top. This will show you all the great restaurants, shops and other attractions that are popular in your new community. Facebook also has a feature called places where you can easily discover great places in every city.

Instagram

If you want to get a picture of how your new city or neighborhood looks, then Instagram is where you want to search. Type in the name of the city and click on “Places” in the top bar and the app will show public posts that have been geo-tagged with that location. You can also search for popular local spots to get a feel for the culture of the neighborhood.

Twitter

There are a couple of different ways you can use Twitter to find out more about a neighborhood. First, do a simple search for the name of the city or community. You can also search using popular hashtags for your city, which will show you all the posts tagged with that hashtag. If you want to take it a step further, you can use Twitter’s Advanced Search, which allows you to search for posts that come from a given location. It’s a great way to find out about what’s trending in your new neighborhood. You may even discover some local blogs that are full of useful information.

Pinterest

Pinterest may be your go-to social media platform for recipes and decorating ideas, but you can also find out about a neighborhood using the app. By searching for your neighborhood or city, you’ll find all the pins related to it. It’s a great way to become familiar with local attractions, top destinations in the area, favorite restaurants and even local architecture. You can even start your own board on Pinterest to collect and save information about a neighborhood.

Yelp

Finally, another great way to learn about a neighborhood is by searching for it on Yelp. Here you’ll find not only reviews of local restaurants and bars, but also information about parks, public spaces and much more. Discover all the can’t-miss places and see real pictures and reviews taken by locals. That way, on moving day you’ll know just who to call to deliver a hot, delicious pizza to your new place.

You probably already spend a little time each day on social media catching up with friends, family and the news. Why not spend some of that time researching your new Loft? By the time you arrive on moving day, you’ll feel like you’re already familiar with your surroundings and settling in will be that much easier.




Painting Walls 101

22 Mar 2019 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Painting Walls 101

Whether you’re staging your Loft to sell or updating the look of a Loft you just purchased, chances are you’ll be painting some walls. While painting seems easy, there are some steps you should take to make sure the finished product is one you’ll be happy with. Follow these tips to get a flawless finish that even a professional would be proud of.

Step 1 – Clean and Prep

One of the best ways to ensure a great paint job is taking the time to thoroughly prep. Start by cleaning all the walls with warm water and a little soap. This is especially important when painting bathroom or kitchen walls, as they can be coated with a layer of grease that may not be immediately obvious. Once you’ve cleaned, move furniture away from the walls and cover with sheets. Place a drop cloth on the floor to catch any paint spills. Remove all outlet and switch covers and any other items that aren’t permanently attached. Patch holes with compound or caulk.

Step 2 – Tape Trim

After cleaning and prepping, tape the areas you don’t want to paint with painter’s tape. This includes trim, windows, baseboards and molding. The outside edges of the tape should line up with the edge of the wall.

Step 3 – Cover Walls With Primer

If you are going from a dark to a lighter color, it’s always a good idea to put on a coat of primer first. Primer also helps if you’ve repaired damage to the wall or if you’re painting over glossy paint. Pour the primer into a paint tray and roll onto the walls. Let dry.

Step 4 – Prep the Paint

Once the primer is dry, it’s time to prep your finish paint. One gallon of paint covers approximately 400 square feet. If you need more than one gallon of paint, pour them into a 5-gallon bucket and mix them so that you get a consistent color. Always mix your paint thoroughly.

Step 5 – Paint Edges

Using an angled brush, paint all the edges of the walls, about two inches thick. Use caution and try to work the brush just up to the line of painter’s tape in order to achieve a crisp line. Load the top 1/3 of the brush with paint and tap it against the side of the bucket.

Step 6 – Roll the Paint Onto the Walls

Next, pour paint into a painter’s tray and work the paint onto a roller. Begin in a corner and paint in a “W” pattern. Keep the roller loaded with paint. Once you’ve painted an entire wall, roll lightly in the same direction to even out the paint. Let the first coat dry thoroughly and repeat with a second coat of paint.

Step 7 – Remove the Tape

Before the second coat dries, remove the painter’s tape. It is helpful to go over it with a razor to ensure you get a smooth edge. Try not to let the paint dry before you remove the tape, as you may also remove some of the paint with it.

Step 8 – Clean Up and Enjoy!

Clean up your paint and brushes, remove sheets from the furniture and the drop cloth from the floor. Replace switch and outlet covers, furniture and hanging pictures. Stand back and admire a job well done!




Make a Small Bathroom Look Bigger

15 Mar 2019 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Make a Small Bathroom Look BiggerDid you fall in love with your new Loft even though the bathroom was on the small side? Or are you preparing to stage your Loft for sale and you want to show the bathroom in the best possible light? There are many ways that you can make your small bathroom look and feel larger. Here are the best tips we’ve found to maximize your bathroom without major renovations.

Choose light colors

When your bathroom is small, you want to bring in as much light as possible. For this reason, it’s important to choose pale, light colors. Take it a step further by painting the walls and ceiling the same color and using the same color tiles on the floor. Using too many colors in small room chops up the visual space. By painting everything the same color, the eyes can move around freely.

Install a pedestal sink

If you have a large vanity in your small bathroom, then the room is going to feel cramped. Instead, opt for a pedestal sink or a wall-mounted sink. Though you may lose some storage space under the sink, your room will feel much larger. Opt to store bathroom essentials in a nearby linen closet instead.

Reflect with mirrors

Do you have some extra wall space in your bathroom? Then why not install a mirror or two? Mirrors hung in the bathroom will help to reflect both light and space, making the room look and feel bigger.

Eliminate clutter

If there is any room in the Loft where you need to banish clutter, it’s in a small bathroom. Clutter – especially small items – will make the room feel small. Eliminate items crowded around the sink and limit how much art you hang on the walls, if any.

Remove bathmats

Instead of using a more rigid bathmat, choose one that can drape over the side of the tub or on a towel bar when not in use. The room will appear larger when there is no visual obstruction on the floor.

Raise the shower bar

You can use the same trick that you use on curtains around your Loft in your bathroom. Hang the shower bar at ceiling level. By doing so, it makes the eye travel up and makes the room feel taller. The same is true for window treatments if you have them. Hang them high and keep them simple and light.

Choose open shelving

If you have shelf space in your bathroom, you can make the room seem bigger by removing cabinet doors. Display towels, soaps, and canisters in a pleasing way – they can be both decorative and functional.

Invest in luxurious finishes

Take your small bathroom to the next level by swapping out faucets, towel bars and lighting fixtures. Just a small investment in a more luxurious design will make your bathroom feel serene and elegant.

Trade frosted glass for clear

Finally, if you have a shower door that’s made with frosted glass, consider changing it to clear glass. This will allow your eyes to travel around the room and make it feel bigger.




Clean the Air in Your Loft

8 Mar 2019 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Clean the Air in Your HomeIt’s that time of the year when we’re all thinking about how clean our Lofts are. The Marie Kondo craze has many of us clearing out our closets and cabinets in order to make our Lofts free of clutter. But have you stopped to consider how clean the air in your Loft is as well? We spend approximately 90 percent of our lives indoors, and evidence suggests that indoor air is more polluted than outdoor air. Here’s some advice on how to clean and improve the quality of the air in your Loft.

Don’t smoke inside

Everyone knows that cigarettes are harmful to your health – both for the smoker and for those who are exposed to secondhand smoke. According to the Surgeon General, even breathing just a small amount of secondhand smoke can be harmful. The best way to improve the air quality in your Loft is to not smoke indoors.

Test for radon

Radon is the second leading cause for lung cancer. It’s an odorless, tasteless radioactive gas that is released from the decay of elements in rocks and soil. The only way to determine if harmful levels of radon are present in your Loft is to have it tested.

Open the windows

One of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to clean the air in your Loft is to simply open the windows. Even if you only open them for a few minutes a day, it’s enough time to get the air moving so that indoor pollutants can be dispersed.

Get some houseplants

Houseplants aren’t just great for decoration. They can also help filter the air in your Loft. In fact, the American Society of Horticulture Science has determined that there are three houseplants in particular that can reduce ozone levels in your Loft – snake plants, spider plants, and golden pothos.

Use essential oil diffusers

Instead of using scented candles, which perfume the air, opt for essential oil diffusers. Not only do the fragrances of the oil make your Loft smell nice, they can also cut down on pollutants. Essential oils such as tea tree, eucalyptus, rosemary, and clove have antibacterial properties and can help reduce dust mites.

Use nontoxic chemicals

Are you using harsh chemicals to clean your Loft? They can actually be contributing to your problem. Toxic chemicals can cause irritation and should only be used as a last resort. Instead, opt for natural cleaners like vinegar and baking soda.

Run your air conditioner

Every time you run your air conditioner, you’re cleaning the air in your Loft. That’s because most AC systems use a filter that traps particles before the air is pumped back into your Loft. Be sure to replace the filters as often as the manufacturer recommends.

Groom your pets

Pet dander can be a major problem for some people and makes asthma symptoms worse. Help keep the air clean by brushing them outdoors frequently and vacuuming regularly.

Get a salt lamp

Did you know that Himalayan salt lamps not only add a pretty glow to your room, they also help clean the air? The warm bulb inside heats the salt lamp, which releases negative ions into the air. Negative ions help to keep the air clean, much like the clean air you find on ocean beaches.




Caring for Hardwood Floors

1 Mar 2019 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Caring for Hardwood FloorsHardwood floors have become attractive to many homebuyers today. They provide warmth and character and when properly cared for can last a lifetime. Here’s what you need to know about caring for your hardwood floors so that they stay beautiful and last for many years to come.

Banish dust daily

One of the easiest ways to keep your hardwood floors in good shape is to dust them regularly. While it might not seem like a big deal, dust can accumulate and cause scratches on the surface of the wood. Run a microfiber mop over your floors several times a week to eliminate dust and dirt. Not only will this keep your floors clean, but it will also reduce the number of allergens in the air.

Vacuum weekly

Although daily dusting will keep dirt in check, it’s important to run the vacuum over your hardwood floors once a week. The vacuum will help to clean up any dust or debris left behind by the microfiber mop. Be gentle when vacuuming your hardwood floor as the wheels can possibly cause damage to the surface. Don’t use a vacuum with a beater bar, as this will also cause scratches.

Mop with hardwood cleaner monthly

The last step in keeping your hardwood floor clean is to damp mop with a hardwood floor cleaner once every month or two. Don’t use water with the mop, and only use the least amount of cleaner necessary so that the floor doesn’t suffer any water damage. Wet mops and steam mops can also dull the finish of your hardwood. Be sure to choose a cleaner that is appropriate for the type of hardwood and finish of your floor.

Use doormats and felt protectors

A great way to keep dust and dirt at bay is to use doormats at every entrance. This will help to diminish the number of particles that are attached to the bottom of your shoes. Those particles can damage the finish of your hardwood floor over time. Likewise, the legs of your furniture can also scratch and damage the finish of your hardwood floor. Be sure to use felt protectors on the legs of any furniture that come in contact with the floor.

Avoid high heels

Removing your shoes before walking on your hardwood floor will certainly help protect the floor from damage. But that isn’t always practical. However – you should remove high-heeled shoes before walking across hardwood. Those high heels can cause scratches, scuffs, and even dents in the wood. Make it easy to remove shoes when coming in the Loft by keeping a basket of slippers or Loft shoes near the door.

Trim pet’s nails

If you have dogs or cats, then they can also cause damage to your hardwood floor. Pet’s claws can scratch the floor very easily. Regularly trim your pet’s nails to avoid any damage to the floor. You should also clean your pet’s feet when they come back in the Loft after being outside. Their paws can track in dust and dirt that can scratch and stain the floor as well.


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