Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Cleaning a Foreclosed Home

Disrepair is a common denominator among foreclosures. A foreclosed home will most likely need repairs and a new lick of paint. But to start with, see to the following tasks before the repairs and renovation.

Getting rid of old furniture
In some cases, the previous owners of foreclosed property leave their belongings behind, unintentionally or otherwise. Round up the discarded possessions and get them to the recycling center or give them to charity, where applicable. 

Pest extermination
Cockroaches, mice, and termites are wont to make themselves at home in empty and ill-maintained structures. Call in exterminators to see to the pests. Even if the home seems otherwise pest-free, use insecticides before moving in or putting it up for rent or sale. Bugs like mosquitoes and moths are common occurences in uninhabited homes.

Getting rid of vandalism
Vandalism is also common among foreclosed properties. You can remove spray paint vandalism from brick and cement walls using paint thinner. Apply the paint thinner on the affected area and scrub with a nylon brush until the spray paint comes off. But for best results, use a can of graffiti remover, a solvent designed specifically for these instances. Once you've applied the graffiti remover, pressure wash the wall, and repeat if necessary.

Clearing up the yard
If the property comes with a lawn, garden, or front or back yard, chances are you’ll need garden shears, a lawn mower, and a rake. Prune any bushes or hedges, cut the grass or mow the lawn, rake up the leaves, and get rid of dead plants and others yet that will only devalue the property. Curb appeal is crucial, so invest time and resources in making the yard as clean and pleasing as possible.


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