Protect Your Floors From Scratches and Spills

In today’s real estate market, hardwood floors are a highly desired feature in a house. Potential buyers are often turned off by homes with carpeted floors because it’s almost impossible to keep them clean. Time is not on your side when it comes to maintaining nice-looking carpeted floors!

No matter how careful you are, sooner or later someone’s going to knock over a glass of grape juice or wine — and that’s only the short list of accidents waiting to happen! While dogs and cats can be a wonderful addition to any family, they are not a friend of floors — either carpeted or hardwood.

In theory, hardwood floors are easier to clean than carpeting because of the absorbency factor. If your carpeting hasn’t been treated with a stain-resistant chemical, it will quickly absorb stains, spills, and pet accidents faster than you can clean them up! Although the latest carpeting materials are much more stain resistant than earlier versions, spills that are not noticed and cleaned up quickly may cause permanent damage.

Spills, water, and pet urine can also wreak havoc on hardwood floors, so a quick response is essential to preventing damage. Here are a few other tips for keeping your floors looking clean and beautiful.

  • Door mats can be helpful in minimizing the amount of dirt and grit that gets tracked into your home. What homeowners and even housekeepers sometimes forget is that door mats need to be shaken out on a regular basis. If they’re not, dirt, soil, and other debris will accumulate on the mats, causing them to create more of a problem than a solution! Door mats need to be replaced periodically, too, when they become too worn down or wet to be of any use.
  • Shoe removal: This is a difficult policy to enforce, but it will make house cleaning and floor maintenance easier and more effective. Whether you’re talking about carpeting or hardwood floors, shoes are invariably going to track in dirt, grime, water, mud, and other miscellaneous contaminants!
  • The right cleaning methods: Although it’s always a good idea to follow manufacturer recommendations when cleaning any type of flooring, hardwood floors often need to be treated with more care than their carpeted counterparts. Since there are a lot of ways to scratch, dent, or gouge hardwood floor surfaces, it’s crucial to avoid trying to scrub away spills or stains with any abrasive material. To remove potentially damaging grit, floors should be regularly cleaned with a soft dust mop or broom with soft bristles. Ideally, your vacuum cleaner should also be padded on the bottom to avoid scratching the finish of your wood floors.

While any kind of flooring can be subject to wear and tear over time, the good news is that you can take preventative steps to protect your floors and keep them looking great for many years to come!

Open house on 1/19/2019 at 25 Doris Road Framingham, MA 01701


Date: 01/19/2019 Time: 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM  
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Wonderful expanded 8 room, 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch located on nearly a half acre in a sought after North side neighborhood. Loads of natural light. Open floor plan. Cathedral ceiling living room and dining room including a corner wood burning fireplace. Updated kitchen with granite counters, recessed lights and tile floor. The den has a vaulted ceiling, skylight and ceiling fan. There is also a 19×16 family room with skylights, sliders and corner stove (propane) that leads to the stone wall rear patio. Both bathrooms are updated. Newer roof and recently painted exterior along with irrigation system, shed and replacement windows. Great commuting location near the Sudbury line, close to shops, major routes and more. Act now on this special home.

Single-Family – 25 Doris Road Framingham, MA 01701 is now new to the market!

Wonderful expanded 8 room, 3 bedroom, 2 bath ranch located on nearly a half acre in a sought after North side neighborhood. Loads of natural light. Open floor plan. Cathedral ceiling living room and dining room including a corner wood burning fireplace. Updated kitchen with granite counters, recessed lights and tile floor. The den has a vaulted ceiling, skylight and ceiling fan. There is also a 19×16 family room with skylights, sliders and corner stove (propane) that leads to the stone wall rear patio. Both bathrooms are updated. Newer roof and recently painted exterior along with irrigation system, shed and replacement windows. Great commuting location near the Sudbury line, close to shops, major routes and more. Act now on this special home.

This is a Ranch style home and features 8 total rooms, 2 full baths, 3 bedrooms, 0.48 Acres, and is currently available for $449,900.

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Review Your Property Buying Options

For those who want to buy a house, it helps to consider your options closely. That way, you can make an informed home purchase.

Now, let’s take a look at three factors to consider as you prepare to conduct a home search:

1. The Local Housing Market

Assess the local housing market before you dive headfirst into a home search – you will be glad you did. If you analyze the housing market in towns and cities where you want to live, you can determine if a buyer’s or seller’s market is in place. Then, you can map out your homebuying journey accordingly.

To differentiate a buyer’s market from a seller’s market, you should find out how long recently sold houses were available before they were purchased. You also may want to track houses as soon as they become available and see how long it takes them to sell. If residences linger on the housing market for many weeks or months, the real estate sector likely favors buyers. Or, if houses are purchased shortly after they become available, the real estate sector may favor sellers.

2. Your Home Must-Haves

Think about the features you want to find in your dream house. This will help you hone your house search to residences that match your expectations.

Oftentimes, it helps to enter the housing market with a list of home must-haves. This list can be updated throughout your house search and may help you simplify your quest to find your dream residence.

As you craft a list of home must-haves, be sure to include any house amenities you simply cannot live without. For instance, if you require a home that boasts a state-of-the-art air-conditioning system, you can search for a residence that offers this amenity. On the other hand, if you need a home that is located just minutes from your office in the city, you can search for a house in or near the city itself.

3. Your Homebuying Budget

You may have only a finite amount of money to spend on a house. If you get pre-approved for a mortgage, you will know precisely how much money is at your disposal. You then can search for a house that corresponds to your budget.

To get pre-approved for a mortgage, you should meet with a variety of banks and credit unions. These financial institutions can teach you about your home financing options and help you select a mortgage that suits you perfectly.

Lastly, as you get set to embark on a house search, you may want to hire a real estate agent. This housing market professional can offer expert insights into the homebuying journey. Plus, he or she is ready to respond to your homebuying concerns, at any time.

If you want to streamline the process of finding and buying a wonderful residence, it helps to plan ahead for the homebuying journey. Thanks to the aforementioned tips, you can review your options and boost the likelihood of enjoying a successful homebuying experience.