Make Home Improvement Pay Off When Selling a home

If your home needs some tender, loving home improvement then you’ll get a higher price for it if you invest in improvements. However, not all improvements will pay off. Some are a real waste of money and others pay off big. Make sure you only spend the cash for what will give you a return on the investment.

Home Improvement before the Sale

Maybe you’ve heard the saying “It’s all about kitchens and bathrooms.” And it is. People want to see a nice looking, updated kitchen and a pretty bathroom with a new tub, shower, sink and tile. These are two things that can sell a house.

But then there is the wow factor. If a potential buyer walks in and sees gorgeous, brand new flooring throughout the house, that can sell them on your home right then and there. Flooring is a real hassle to install and nobody wants to do it. So, if your flooring is in poor shape and you want to sell then this might be the only upgrade you really need to focus on. Sure, it is going to cost several thousand, but it could get your home sold fast and sold for a far higher amount than a home with an average floor.

Things that will not give you a return on your money are things like putting in a pretty garden, installing a fence, investing in nicer furniture or appliances, replacing the furnace, upgrading windows or doors. The cash you invest in these types of things will never be recovered or help your home sell.

A new roof can help your home be picked over another, but unless your roof is leaking, that upgrade is a cost that won’t help. We hope these home improvement tips for selling your home helps you spend your cash in the right places.

How to Clean a Shag Rug or Shag Carpeting

Shag was the big thing in the early 1970s. Everyone simply had to have shag everything, shag haircuts, shag rugs and shag carpet. But you need to know how to clean a shag rug. It isn’t at all like berber or plush carpet.

How to Clean a Shag Rug

Shag has a super nice, long and fluffy pile. Sometimes it is very long loops and others are not, but it is always very long. It is easy for a vacuum cleaner with a roller to destroy shag or get caught in it, depending on the length of the pile. So, how to clean a shag rug?

A shag rug is easier than a shag carpet, because you can pick up the rug and move it. The safest way to clean this type of rug is to take it outside and beat it with a broom. This is how carpets were cleaned in the old days and it still works great today. Put it shag side down over a porch rail or fence and beat the dirt out of it.

If asking your rug to step outside for a beating isn’t going to work for your rug then you will need to vacuum it. However, do not use the roller brush. Use the attachment that you would use on drapes or furniture. It is a lot of hard work, but you’ll get it cleaned up. Sprinkling it with baking soda first and letting it sit for a few hours before vacuuming helps freshen it up by removing odors.

When you need new floor covering for a room or an entire home, remember to give us a call at US Hardwood and Carpet. We hope we’ve helped teach you some tips on how to clean a shag rug.