How To Keep Your Pets Happy While Renovating Your Home

 

During home renovations, it is important to keep your furry friends happy and safe. Renovations can put pets in dangerous and frightening situations. Here are some tips to keep in mind if you are planning on having renovations when you have pets:

 

Tag Them

Make sure they are wearing their collars with attached tags giving information about the pet and the owners. Phone numbers, the name of owners, and the name of the pet should be attached. This is for in case the animal gets frightened and bolts, which can happen with the loud sounds and strangers in the home.

 

Safe Room

Put the animals in a safe room where they are away from the commotion. It is also important to not let the pets roam around the house even after hours. There may be sharp or other dangerous objects left that could hurt them.

 

Consider Pet Daycare

If there will be loud noises or fumigations, it might be more relaxing for the pets to go to a pet daycare or to stay with a friend. When planning the renovations, also plan where your pets can stay throughout the process.

 

Routine

Try to keep the pet’s routine as close to normal as possible. Animals are creatures of habit, keeping them on their normal schedule will make them feel more comfortable.

What do you do with your pets during home renovations? Do you have any tricks for keeping them happy and calm? Share and comment below!

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

Spring Cleaning: The Oven

Spring cleaning is time-consuming and often feels never ending. That is why we love sharing our spring cleaning “hacks” that make the process a little easier for our readers. The oven is one of the highest utilized appliances in most kitchens and it should not be neglected in your spring cleaning! Here is how to make the cleaning process as quick and painless as possible:

 

You Need:

Cleaning Rags

A Small Bowl

Baking Soda

Water

Vinegar

 

Before you get started, take any racks out of the oven.  If your sink is large enough, soak them in warm soapy water. If your sink is too small, simply wipe the racks clean with a rag.

 

Then, try to get any larger messes in the oven wiped out with a rag.

 

Next, in a small bowl, create a paste by mixing a ½ cup baking soda with a few tablespoons of water.

 

Grab a clean rag and dip it into the paste, spreading it so it covers the inside of your oven.

 

Let the mixture sit for a few hours.

 

After the mixture has dried, prepare two rags to wipe out the oven. The first rag will be dipped in vinegar and the second will be dipped in water.

 

Take the rag with vinegar and start wiping the oven, letting the mixture foam.

 

Then, follow this by wiping the oven with the rag that was dampened with water. Continue this until you have cleaned the foaming mixture entirely out of the oven.

 

After the oven is wiped clean feel free to put the racks back to where they belong. Before you know it you have a spotless oven!

 

How do you clean the inside of your oven? Leave your tips and tricks in the comment section!

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

3 Houseplants To Rock Your Sills and Are Hard To Kill

Adding a little green inside your home will naturally brighten things up. Many people find themselves fighting to maintain a healthy plant year round. Finding a plant that is entirely indestructible is impossible, however; there are several household plants that resilient enough to handle almost anything. Household plants are usually killed by either over or under care. For people who are self-proclaimed black thumbs, these plants are ideal because they only require minimal attention.

 

  • Phalaenopsis Orchid

 

This plant is incredibly durable and forgiving when it come to care and maintenance. It only needs to be watered about once every 7 – 10 days. Unlike most other household plants, this variety also creates a beautiful flower.

 

  • Philodendron

 

This is a large, leafy plant that only needs watered about once a week. These plants prefer to be in the light but they can still survive in dark places. If it grows too large for your indoor space it can move to the outdoors.

  • Ponytail Palm

An interesting fact about this species is that it is actually an agave variety, not a palm like the name suggests. This plant is native to Mexico, making it fond of warm and dry climates. If you frequently find yourself forgetting to water plants for long amounts of time, this is the plant for you! It actually prefers the soil to dry out completely before being re-watered.

What plants do you love to keep in your home?

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

Spring Cleaning Tip: Clean With Vinegar!

In this article, we discussed the various ways you can clean the kitchen with lemons. Now we are going to discuss how you can clean with another household staple: vinegar! White distilled vinegar can be used to clean just about anything in your home. Here are some of our favorite ways to use vinegar in the home:

 

Unclog The Garbage Disposal

This is one of the best tricks for unclogging a clogged garbage disposal. First, carefully pour boiling water into the drain. Next, pour a cup of vinegar and ½ cup of baking soda into the drain. Let the drain sit for around 10 minutes and check to see if the drain has cleared. If it hasn’t, flush the drain with more boiling water and repeat the process. Soon your drain will be clear!

 

Touch Up The Tea Kettle

Over time, tea kettles have a visible build up of residue from minerals in the water. Scrubbing the tea kettle with vinegar will eliminate this unsightly buildup, making your tea kettle look brand new!

 

Cleaning The Dishwasher

A dishwasher is a highly-utilized tool in the kitchen. To keep your dishwasher from accumulating soap residue and grime, around once a month the dishwasher should be cleaned. Simply pour a cup of vinegar into the bottom tub of the dishwasher and run the washer cycle without any dishes.

 

Inside The Microwave

One easy way to clean the inside of the microwave is with lemon water, but if you find yourself short of lemons, here is another all-natural way to clean the inside of your microwave!
Do you use vinegar to clean other parts of your home? Let us know in the comments section!

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

Spring Cleaning Tip: The Easiest Way To Clean Your Microwave

Cleaning the inside of the microwave is one of the least favorite home chores. It’s a small space that can get messy and sticky quickly. we are sharing our favorite microwave cleaning trick and the best part: everything is all natural and food-safe! This is going to make cleaning the inside of the microwave the easiest chore on the list:

You need:

A large microwave safe bowl

Water

Sliced lemons

Fill the bowl with water and the sliced lemons. Place the bowl in the microwave and set the microwave for 5-7 minutes. During this time the water will start to boil and give the inside of your microwave a refreshing steam bath. The added lemon will eliminate and odors that might be manifesting inside the microwave.

When the timer goes off and your microwave is steamy, wait a few minutes before removing the bowl. It is going to be hot! Then, with caution, remove the hot bowl of water from the microwave and use a clean rag to wipe the inside of the microwave clean and dry.
Violà! You have a clean and refreshed microwave!

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

Tips to Make Your New House, Feel Like Home

 

 After moving into a new place, the next task is to make it feel like home. To help you turn your house into a comforting home quickly, we created a list of some tips to help you transform your space.

Clean Everything Before You Move In

This will make the moving-in better because everything will already be cleaned.  This won’t only make you feel better, but the place will have a fresh scent.

 

Keep Your Routine

Maintain the same routine that you followed in your old place. This will make the space feel less foreign and help you adapt to the new surroundings.

 

Unpack Something That Makes You Happy at The Beginning

One of the first things you unpack should be something that brings you happiness: coffee, your wardrobe, art, whatever makes you feel comfortable. This will provide an extra sense of comfort as you continue  unpacking.

 

Make a Home Cooked Meal

Although ordering take-out is often easier, make something special for yourself for dinner instead. Make one of your favorite simple dishes.

 

Make Your Bed First So You Can Sleep in Comfort

Make setting up your bed one of the first things you do while moving. This is important so after a long day of moving and unpacking you can sleep in a cozy bed and relax.  

 

Play Music

While unpacking, play some of your favorite music in the background. Music has an incredible effect on our mood, it can make unpacking upbeat and more enjoyable.

 

Start Filling Up Empty Shelves

As you unpack, fill up exposed shelves first. This will start to make your home look decorated.   

 

Incorporate Plants

Adding plants will immediately add color and life to the surrounding area, making it feel more like home.

 

Plan a Party In Your New Place

This will keep you motivated to get everything unpacked and give you the opportunity to show off your place to family and friends. Even just a casual gathering of a few close friends will help keep you motivated.

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

Fun Ways to Dress Up Your Front Entrance for Spring

Spring is here! It’s time to freshen up your outdoor living spaces and curb appeal. Having a bright and well-maintained front entrance makes your home more welcoming and aesthetically pleasing. Here are a few ideas to add pizzazz to your front entryway this season.

Add a Bright Wreath

Add a seasonal wreath to your front entrance to immediately brighten an entryway. It adds character to the front entrance while also making the home appear more welcoming.

Flowers & Greenery

Add flowers and other plants to the porch. Placing hanging baskets equal distances apart is a beautiful way to accentuate the architecture of your home.

Touch Up the Rest of the Walkway/Lawn

Landscape around the walkway. Sweep the walkway of debris and trim any plants that might be obstructing the walkway. This gives the entrance a welcoming appearance.

Outdoor Lighting / Light Up The Walkway

To make your home more welcoming in the evening, add LED lanterns or lights to guide the way up the walkway to the home’s entrance. To enhance architectural features while also offering security, spotlights are a great way to light the exterior of your home. If there are stairs anywhere, make sure these are always lit up at night for safety.

Colorful Furniture

If you have a large front porch, incorporate bright furniture and accents. This will make the porch look like an inviting place for people to relax or entertain guests.

Add a Welcome Mat

Adding a welcome mat is a simple way to dress up your entryway. This will also encourage guests to wipe their feet before going inside, reducing the amount of dirt and grime that gets tracked inside.  

Repaint the Front Door

This is obviously a permanent and time-consuming way to switch up your entrance. Although, a freshly re-painted front door can instantly give a home a facelift.

What are you doing to prepare your home for spring? Share your ideas below!

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.