Category Archives for "Home Improvement and Maintenance"

Spring Cleaning Your Home Inside And Out

A thorough cleaning of your home, usually in springtime, is referred to as spring cleaning. No one exactly looks forward to it because it is a tiring job but you need to keep in mind that it is very necessary. Multiple techniques can be used to make your spring cleaning efficient, effective and manageable.spring-cleaning-300x269

Work Down

Always start at the top of the house. You are not supposed to clean the whole house in a single go. In fact start with small tasks like tidying, then dusting things and then cleaning and vacuuming.


Try to get rid of unnecessary items. Go through your belongings and clothes and separate all the items which you haven’t used in the past year. It’s better to get rid of them because you haven’t used them for quite some time so there is a very good possibility that you might not use it in future as well. Separate these things and give them to charity o someone you know.

Curtain Call

Never forget to clean your curtains. Clean them very carefully. If they are of velvet or any other sensitive material then vacuum them thoroughly. If they are of cotton or linen then you can also wash them. Read the labels.

Deep Clean

Deep cleaning your carpets at least once a year is advisable. Carpet gets dusty and dirty very easily because it is used so often. Make sure that you clean thoroughly, and if you cannot do it on your own, hire someone to do it for you or buy/rent a carpet cleaning machine.

Thwart Moths

It is very important to clean inside drawers and wardrobes thoroughly. After cleaning use cedar wood oil on them because it kills moth larvae and prevents it from reproducing.

Brighten Up

Switch off all your lights. Then take off all the removable parts in your chandelier and lighting area. Wash them and clean them properly. For fixed parts just take the cloth and remove dust from them. This exercise will brighten up your entire house.

Turn Over

Vacuum your mattress on a very low setting to clean it from any kind of dust particles. Also, flip your mattress at least twice a year. In this way, your mattress will maintain its shape and will remain new throughout the years to come.

Freshen the Beds

Keep changing the look of your bed by using new linens and beddings. Different styles and colors of beddings are now readily available, and very affordable. So to give it a new look keep changing your linens and pillow cases.

Shed the Load

It is a very big project and for that, you may need help.  It is difficult to do everything on your own, so hire help who can assist you to clean up the house. At the end of the day, you will stand in a crystal clean house.

Karen Cimera



How To Boost The Curb Appeal Of Your Bay Area Home

One of the crucial parts of the home selling process is the curb appeal.

It is the curb appeal that has the biggest impact on a buyer’s first impression about the property.

Although some homeowners in the San Francisco Bay Area are ready to spend a great deal of money and time on improving curb appeal, most prefer faster and easier results.vermont-404524_1280

Fortunately, boosting curb appeal can be easy and affordable to do if you follow these easy tips.

Spruce Up The Front Door

The first thing that the people who drive by the house always see is the front door and patio. They are the focal points and therefore, receive even more scrutiny by those home buyers who walk up to the home to take a tour of the interior.

Simply re­painting or re-staining the front door can go a long way towards making this focal area much more appealing, and this can give the impression that the home is well­maintained and stylish.

To get a better result and improve the aesthetic appeal, think about replacing the front door mat and hardware on the door.

Power Wash The Exterior Of The Home

Beautification efforts for the front of the home are practically pointless if the exterior remains the same and is not properly cleaned.

Power washing is one of the best ways to thoroughly clean the exterior of a property. It may include cleaning the exterior siding material of the home, the patio, the driveway, the sidewalk, and even the fencing.

This can give the entire area a fresher and more appealing look.

Add Color To The Flower Beds

Some homeowners may not have funds or time available to fully revamp the landscaping, but showing the flower beds some attention can pay off.

Do a bit of weeding of the flower beds and add some fresh, colorful flowers to the area to give it more appeal.

After the flowers are planted, a new layer of mulch can be added to the flower bed to finish off the entire process.

One of the keys to selling a home in the Bay Area quickly and for a great price, is the curb appeal.

Although improving curb appeal can cost a small fortune and can take weeks to do, these small and affordable steps can give homeowners great results with minimal time and money required.


Contact me today with questions on buying or selling a home in the Bay Area.

Karen Cimera is a Mortgage Banker, NMLS# 181709 in the Northern California/San Francisco Bay Area.

Karen gives you the personal attention you deserve whether buying a new home, refinancing a mortgage or needing a line of credit. Contact her today!

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