Fall To-Do Checklist

The scent of fall is in the air. Time to bake an apple pie, crunch some leaves on a long walk, and carve the family pumpkin. It’s also time for some fall home maintenance. Use our fall checklist as a reminder to do important seasonal tasks like cleaning the gutters, replacing air filters, and getting the fireplace ready for the coming winter.

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Home Maintenance for Your Hardwood Floors

One of the best and biggestest investments in your home – is the flooring.  Take care of your hardwood today and it will last generations.  If you have any updating questions – curious which updates bring more vaule to your home?  Contact The Caton Team – we’re happy to help!  -Sabrina

How To Care for Your Hardwood Floors

Hardwood is one of the oldest flooring materials and is still considered one of the best. Hardwood floors are natural, beautiful, and durable, especially if you maintain them. With good maintenance, they will last longer, look better, and add value to your home.

Make daily dusting and sweeping, with a scratch-free cloth or broom, part of your daily maintenance routine. When you need to vacuum hardwood, be sure to use the soft brush attachment, never the rotating brush roll, or as it’s known in older vacuums, the beater bar. Then, as needed, mop with the wood floor cleaning product recommended for your floor’s type and finish.

Wood floors need a protective finish. Unfinished wood floors require finishing with a protective sealer immediately after installation. Factory-finished floors are sanded, sealed, and ready to use right out of the box. If you have solid hardwood, you may need to add a finishing coat every few years, or eventually sand and refinish decades down the road. If you have engineered hardwood, which is a veneer, sanding and refinishing may be an option one-time only, depending on the thickness of the veneer.

Tips for Cleaning Your Hardwood Floors

  • Use only wood floor care products; never use vinyl or tile cleaning products.
  • If you prefer a natural cleaner, like vinegar and water, do your research. Your floors must be well sealed, and the vinegar-to-water pH balance can’t be too acidic, and you must wipe the floors dry immediately.
  • Most experts advise that you don’t use water to wet or steam mop wood floors.

Tips for Protecting Hardwood Floors

  • Use felt or rubber protectors on the bottom of furniture legs and never drag furniture on wood flooring.
  • Use area rugs in high traffic areas, in front of exterior doorways, as well as in front of the kitchen sink.
  • Remove shoes at the door, especially high heels or cleats.
  • Slow down fading by keeping direct sunlight off your floors. Use window coverings to redirect, diffuse, or block UV light. UV resistant finishes are also available.
  • Keep dogs’ nails trimmed, or restrict from hardwood areas.
  • Wipe up spills immediately; standing liquid can damage wood floors.

Tips for Scratches and Squeaks

  • For deep or surface scratches, touch-up using a stain stick for wood that matches your floor’s finish.
  • For squeaky floors, if possible, it’s best to repair from underneath and may need to be done by a professional. There are products that include a combination of lubricant and powder, which you can try using on the surface between the planks, but effectiveness may be limited.

Homeowner Tips

 

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How to Create a Home Maintenance Log

With a homeowner’s maintenance log you can keep track of maintenance and repair details about your home as well as improvements, updates, and upgrades you make over the years. You can store appliance and system manuals and instructions, warranties, and other resources, like where to shut off utilities.

To create your own home maintenance log, first collect and organize important materials in a binder or expandable folder. Add pockets or sleeves to organize receipts, manuals, floorplans, warranties, and so on. If you prefer a paperless version, you’ll need to take time to scan all these documents. Microsoft Excel has a great Home Maintenance Schedule template that is easy to customize and update.

What to include:

  1. Manuals and warranties – File home system and appliance instructions, maintenance records, and home warranty information. If you have a home warranty, keep a copy of the contract in the binder.
  2. Maintenance receipts and contact information
    • Keep receipts and contact information from service providers such as: carpet cleaners, HVAC, garage door opener repair, chimney sweep, gutter repair, roof inspection/repair, solar panel cleaning, and more.
    • If you have a home warranty plan for your systems and appliances, include service call information, repairs, and all contact information.
    • List previously used service providers that you would recommend, such as painters, yard service, and pest control.
  1. Homeowner maintenance records – It can be easy to lose track of when you last performed maintenance so be sure to keep records of gutter cleaning/repair, painting, repairing decks and walkways, HVAC filter replacements, sprinkler systems, and window cleaning, including slides and screens.
  2. Home improvements
    • Keep track of interior improvements including overhead lighting, fans, smart thermostats, storage systems, and dimmer switches, as well as low flow toilets and showerheads. Be sure to include information about refinishing/replacing of floors or cabinets.
    • Record exterior improvements such as landscaping and sprinkler systems, exterior lighting, solar panels, window upgrades, pool resurfacing, fencing, decks, tree removal, and so on.
    • Include specifics – When you paint, record the brand and color formula in your maintenance log. If your replace the roof, keep track of the type of material, color, manufacturer, and warranty info.
  1. Maps and resources – Record the location of shutoffs for the main water, gas, and electrical, as well as the electrical panel. If your home is on a well and/or septic system, map the well, septic tanks, and leach field/lines. Include location of solar panel control/displays and sprinkler junction box.
  2. Neighborhood information – Include information on HOA guidelines and fees and how to contact your Homeowners’ Association, if applicable.

A Great Selling Tool

When it comes time to sell your home, your home maintenance log is also a valuable reference that demonstrates how well you’ve cared for your home. Providing this kind of comprehensive record can really inspire confidence for the buyer who wants to purchase your home.

 

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The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.

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10 Household Uses for Vinegar

My folks came from the old country and with it came their old traditions.  Vinegar was one of them.  Before all the fancy, pretty smelling cleaners – vinegar – was your go to.  So when I came across this article about vinegar – well you know the drill – I had to share.  Thanks for reading – Sabrina

 

10 Household Uses for Vinegar

Many of us use bleach as the be-all-end-all of cleaners. While it’s true that bleach will disinfect virtually anything, it can be quite hazardous if not handled properly. Did you know that distilled white vinegar can be used as a substitute to bleach in many instances? Here are 10 places you can use vinegar to help you around your home.

1. Dishwasher

Does your glassware come out of the dishwasher with a thin milky or hard water stains? Add ½ cup of distilled white vinegar to a small glass on the top shelf of your dishwasher. Run the cycle normally with the glass upright and your glassware should sparkle!

2. Toilet

Vinegar is a great substitute for bleach in your toilet. Pour 1 cup of vinegar in your toilet and let sit about 5 minutes before flushing. It can also help remove toilet rings with light scrubbing.

3. Bathtub

Remove everything from your shower and rinse it down. Then, use a sponge soaked in vinegar to clean the tub. Rinse again.

4. Shower Curtain

While you’re cleaning your bathtub, you might as well disinfect your shower curtain. Using a spray bottle, spray vinegar to remove soapy, discolored, or mildew filth from your curtain. Wipe clean then rinse with water.

5. Ants

Vinegar is a natural ant repellent. Use a spray bottle filled with vinegar to spray down problem ant areas. Learn more about natural bug repellents.

6. Grease

Vinegar cuts through grease. Use a sponge soaked in vinegar to scrub off new messes or soak items in a bath of vinegar for at least 20 minutes for tougher ones.

7. Weeds

Vinegar kills many types of grass and weeds. If you have unwanted plants growing out of your sidewalk or driveway, try dousing them with vinegar before resorting to harmful weed killers.

8. Chrome and Stainless Steel

Just as vinegar can help make your glassware shine, it can also be a chrome and stainless steel polisher. Dip a soft cloth in vinegar and wipe clean.

9. Coffee Maker

If your coffee is tasting stale, fill your reservoir with vinegar and run it through a cycle. Once finished, run 2 cycles of just water to rinse.

10. Washing Machine

To clean and deodorize your washing machine, pour two cups of distilled white vinegar and 1 cup of baking soda into your machine and run it empty on the hottest cycle. Use a toothbrush dipped in vinegar to scrub away any grime from your machine.

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Roof Maintenance and Inspection Tips for Your Home

Do you regularly inspect your roof and perform needed maintenance? Or have you hired a roof inspector to check for problems in recent years? If the answer is no and your roof is more than ten years old, it’s time to give it a thorough inspection. You should also get some essential roof maintenance done to help it last.

Roof safety first

If you don’t have the balance of a mountain goat, we recommend you never go up on your roof. But if you are the DIY type and you take the proper precautions, you may be able to safely inspect your roof, perform necessary roof maintenance, and make any minor repairs. However, if your roof is steep (a slope of more than 35 degrees), or your home is two-story or higher, do not attempt to climb up there. The pros are used to working at heights and it’s best to call them in these circumstances. Some basic safety precautions every person working up on a roof needs to follow:

  • Check the weather first. Do not attempt to get up on a roof when it’s wet or rain is in the forecast.
  • Use a heavy-duty, sturdy extension ladder or a ladder that reaches past the gutter level by at least a foot.
  • Set up the ladder on firm, level ground.
  • Wear non-slip or soft-sole shoes.
  • Never work on your roof alone. Always work with a buddy.* You need someone to steady the ladder as you climb up and down.
  • Watch where you walk on the roof. If the roof is older, tiles or shingles could give way, and where you step also could cause more damage.
  • Know when to get down. If you feel unsteady or uncomfortable once you are on a roof, don’t hesitate to climb back down immediately and hire a pro.

*Be sure your buddy has a cell phone handy to call 911 if an accident occurs. Be smart. If you cannot follow all of these safety precautions, hire a professional to do the job.

Roof inspection

If you have taken the recommended safety steps, and prefer to do an inspection yourself, there are specific things to look for to get a basic idea of the condition of your roof and to spot any potential repairs needed. Be sure to carry your cell phone to photograph any potential problems you see.

  1. Carefully walk around the roof in a grid pattern, inspecting shingles or tiles to see if they are in good condition. If you spot any curling, warped, or blistered shingles, it may be time to replace the roof. For a tile roof, look for cracks or large chips. These may be signs that you need to replace your roof. Replacement is expensive, but if either shingles or tiles are missing or broken, you should either get them repaired immediately, or replace the roof.
  2. Inspect the caulk around the flashing for cracks or signs of rust.
  3. Check around the base of the chimney for any cracks or visible problems.
  4. If your home has skylights, nspect the seal around them for cracking or rust.
  5. Look for any moss buildup. This can be a sign that the roof underlayment is failing.
  6. Inspect gutters, including connection points and edges for signs of wear or rust. For shingle roofs, check the base of gutters for excess asphalt grit. That’s a sign your roof may be wearing out and need replacing.

Roof maintenance

If your roof inspection does not turn up any problems, then breathe a sigh of relief and follow these roof maintenance tips. Or you can hire a pro to do the work for you.

  • Carefully and gently sweep the roof clean of leaves, sticks, and other debris. It’s best to use a broom with soft bristles. Use care as you sweep to avoid damaging the shingles or tiles. The asphalt can easily come off asphalt shingles, which can cause damage to the shingles.
  • Use a garden hose as needed to spray off dirt and bird droppings. Be sure to spray off the roof on a sunny, warm day so it can dry thoroughly. Never use a power washer on a roof.
  • If you have a moss buildup, you may be able to sit down in those areas and use a bristle brush to carefully sweep the moss away. Use caution to avoid damage. If the buildup is too great to remove gently, it may be time to replace the roof.
  • Cut back any overhanging tree branches. You don’t want them falling on your roof. This also prevents leaf debris buildup, keeps the roof dry, and inhibits roof mold. Often tree limbs can block the sun from properly drying your roof leading to mold.
  • Clean out the gutters.

Perform these roof maintenance tips at least two times a year, and more often depending on the proximity of trees to the roof of your home.

 

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The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time.

Call | Text | Sabrina 650.799.4333 | Susan 650.796.0654

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Summer To-Do Checklist

Have the best summer ever. Take advantage of the warm weather and enjoy the fun summertime activities we wait for all year, like barbecues and pool parties. But don’t forget to check off these important home maintenance tasks to spruce up your home and keep it well maintained all year.

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The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time.

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Spring To-Do Checklist

The flowers are popping up and the days are getting warmer. Use this spring to-do list to help maintain your home. And be sure you tackle a few of the fun to-dos as well so you’re sure to enjoy the season’s wonders.

Spring Home Maintenance To-Dos

Outside Your Home

  • Rake leaves from lawn, garden beds, and yard
  • Clear lawn of debris, including sticks and branches
  • Plant summer flowering bulbs
  • Power wash decks and patios
  • Clear gutters and downspouts of leaves and other debris
  • Inspect roof for missing, loose, or damaged shingles; get repairs as needed
  • Wash off outdoor furniture
  • Spruce up front entryway, change welcome mat, and sweep or clean outside décor
  • Check grill hoses and clean grill
  • Check propane in grills and outdoor heaters
  • Replace storm window with screens
  • Wash windows including sills
  • Wash outside walls and fixtures

Inside Your Home

  • Flip mattresses and wash pad covers
  • Replace HVAC filters
  • Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors batteries
  • Shampoo or steam carpets and rugs

Enjoy Spring’s Many Wonders

  • Jump in a rain puddles
  • Make a bird feeder
  • Find a ladybug
  • Fill a vase with tulips or other spring blossoms
  • Visit a farm and pet the baby animals
  • Eat a chocolate bunny
  • Buy a new hat
  • Make a strawberry shortcake
  • Shop at a farmers market
  • Plant some flowers, vegetables, or herbs
  • Take a hike among spring wildflowers

Fun and Home Maintenance in Every Season

As the season’s change, add each one of these checklists to a spot on your fridge to give you helpful reminders for things to do around your house and around your town:

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The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time.

Call | Text | Sabrina 650.799.4333 | Susan 650.796.0654

Email |   Info@TheCatonTeam.com

 

The Caton Team – Susan & Sabrina
A Family of Realtors
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