Spring Cleaning Tips

You are probably quarantined at home right now, and maybe looking for activities to do to be occupied during this period. Coincidentally is Spring cleaning season too, since you have more time available, it is an excellent opportunity for cleaning, decluttering and organizing your home. 

Here are 5  tips that will help you with Spring Cleaning:

1. Get your tools and supplies in order

Having all your tools in one place will make all the process of spring cleaning more manageable, you will save time running from one place to another, looking for the sponge or the multi-purpose cleaner. Some of the items you might need are paper towels, mop, vacuum cleaner, window cleaner, and all-purpose cleaner.

Did you run out of disinfectants? Looking for natural disinfectants? Here is a simple recipe using natural ingredients that you are likely to have at home that can be very handy.

Ingredients: 

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 5 to 10 drops of your favorite essential oil 
  • 1 squirt natural dish soap

Steps:

  1. Mix up all the ingredients into one spray bottle.  
  2. Shake it up before you use it and spray onto the surface and wipe with a clean cloth. 

 

2. Make a do to list 

Focus in one space at a time, you can even separate your chores into different days of the week, for not feeling overwhelmed and pressured to finish everything in one day. You should prioritize the space that needs more attention.

 

  1. Monday: Kitchen – Clean the fridge, microwave, stove, and do a wipe-down of all the counters.
  2. Tuesday: Bathroom – Germs stay longer on a wet surface, so don’t forget to clean the taps, handles, knobs, mats, and the floor of the washroom.
  3. Wednesday: Bedroom – Wash your sheets, dust side tables, vacuum, and clear clutter.
  4. Thursday: Living Room – Dust and wash all mirrors, frames, and decorative items and vacuum all rugs and upholstery.
  5. Friday: Accessories – Organize your closet and clean your accessories from your watch, shoes to jewelry and sanitize them as much as possible before wearing them.

 

3.  Clean high-touch places where you often put on your hands

Cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces is a step you should take, even if you aren’t leaving the house. Anytime items or people come in and out of your home, there is some possibility of exposure. It is essential that you take time to clean these areas to get rid of any germs. Clean the door handles, stair rails, window sills, kitchen counters, toilets, and even your phone.

Every home is a little bit different, so think about the areas where your family and roommates spend the most time.

Here is our checklist of home maintenance you should be doing every spring 

 

4. Have fun while spring cleaning

You might not think cleaning is fun, but to try to make that most out of it, get creative, put on your favorite playlist or listen to your favorite podcast and get started with your chores. You can even set a timer for each playlist, so you know the amount of time it took to do each task. Play some spring cleaning games and set up a reward system whenever you achieve a goal. These will help things feel less tedious.  

5. Establish new routines

Now is an excellent time to establish new routines and cleaning habits. It won’t only be useful due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but because it will make the next spring cleaning way more manageable. Start with a simple routine, organizing your closet every week and cleaning your windows at least twice a month, try decluttering those clothes and accessories you no longer use and donate them if you can. This will help you to have your home beautiful and neat all year long.

Stay Home and Stay Safe!

 

COVID-19: Safety First at Market Source Real Estate

​At Market Source Real Estate during the COVID-19 epidemic, we haven’t seen a decline in the strength of the housing market at this point. Our housing market is as strong as ever here in Utah.

 

With the strength of the market, we are still working with our buyers and sellers to help them with their real estate needs during COVID-19, while still maintaining good practices for social distancing.

 

 

For Our Sellers during COVID-19:

 

 

  • Skip the open houses – To avoid large groups of people, we are recommending sellers skip the open house and opt for private showings.
  • Only one showing at a time – We are using an online booking system that will only allow one agent at a time to schedule a showing of your home.
  • Booties and gloves – To reduce the germs that enter your home, we will leave a basket of booties and gloves (as long as they are available for purchase) for visitors to wear during their tour.
  • Sanitizing – We suggest that you purchase sanitizing wipes or spray to use after each visit. We will provide you with a checklist of ‘hot spot’ areas to sanitize after showings.
  • Social distancing – We are following the CDC’s recommended guidelines for maintaining a 6-foot distance between ourselves and our clients.
  • Sick or High-Risk? We will be opting for virtual meetings if an agent or client is feeling under the weather or is at increased risk due to age or a compromised immune system.
  • COVID 19 Addendum – We will discuss the need for a COVID-19 addendum to new contracts. This will help protect our sellers from unforeseen delays that may arise during their home sale process.

For Our Buyers during COVID-19:

 

 

  • Meet on location – We are asking clients to meet us on site for a showing instead of carpooling.
  • Skip the open house – To avoid large groups of people, we are recommending buyers skip the open house and opt for private showings.
  • Sanitizing – To prevent COVID-19 spread to ourselves and the community, we will be using hand sanitizer in between each showing.
  • Social distancing – We are following the CDC’s recommended guidelines for maintaining a 6-foot distance between ourselves and our clients.
  • Sick or High-Risk? We will be opting for virtual meetings if an agent or client is feeling ill or is at increased risk due to age or a compromised immune system.
  • COVID 19 Addendum. We will discuss the need for a COVID-19 addendum to new contracts. This will help protect our buyers from unforeseen delays that may arise during their home sale process.

For Our Staff:

 

 

  • Work from home – We are lucky to have a job that allows most of our ‘behind the scenes’ work to be done from home. We have asked staff to remain at home for anything that does not require a trip to the office.
  • Virtual training & meetings – All team meetings and training will be hosted virtually during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Guidelines for exposure – If a member of our team is diagnosed or exposed to COVID-19, we will follow the written protocol developed by the National Association of Realtors to avoid further spread of the virus.

We can offer virtual tours, long-distance closings, and more to prevent the spread of COVID-19! Just reach out, and our experienced team will help you!

Tea Time! 4 Best Places in Salt Lake for a Cup of Tea

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If you enjoy a great cup of tea and are living in or moving to Salt Lake City, there are so many amazing options for you.

Keep reading for our favorite places for a cup of tea, why we love them, and our recommendations for the yummiest items on the menu.

1. The Tea Grotto

This is the place to be for all things tea.

This cafe has a relaxed vibe and is staffed by tea experts. They also offer tea-infused food, for something a little different. Get a delicious, made-to-perfection iced tea, or try something blended.

Nothing will cool you off on a warm summer day like one of their blended milk teas. Try some of our favorites, from the cinnamon-topped vanilla chai or the unique Thai tea. If you’re a fan of boba tea, you can find it at The Tea Grotto.

If you get truly hooked on their delicious teas, you can even order them online, along with the tools you need to prepare them.

2. The Rose Establishment

Calling all hipsters, this cafe is perfect for days of work on your laptop or with a good book. The wood interior is both cozy and trendy for all-day hangouts. The coffee and tea options are endless, and they also offer a beer and wine menu.

If you’re in need of a bite, head there for brunch or lunch. The menu options are unique and healthy, perfect for any vegetarian or vegan.

If you’re there for a cup of tea, grab the loose leaf, which is served in a small pot perfect for instant refills. If you’re looking for something a little bit fancier, try the Black Rose, which is a black tea with spices and ginger.

3. Tea Zaanti

This place wasn’t voted Salt Lake City’s best teahouse for nothing.

This cozy joint has the comfortability of walking into a warm house, with plush couches and chairs galore. Tea Zaanti strives to be community-based and sustainable, using solar panels for energy and composting tea leaves in their backyard garden.

Head there for a delicious matcha tea, which comes in several flavors, and light bites. Their grilled cheese and tomato soup will make you feel right at home, and don’t leave without trying one of their delicious coconut macaroons.  P.S.  They just moved right across from our office.  Which means we’ll be there all the time now.

4. The Grand America

Looking for something a little less casual?

Head to The Grand America Hotel for an afternoon of high tea.  They offer up a delicious cup of tea as well as hot chocolate for the kids.

There are so many excellent teas to chose from, and the ambiance complete with salon music is the perfect way to catch up with friends. The high tea includes lite bites, both sweet and savory for an afternoon of elegance.

Salt Lake City Is Our Cup of Tea

If you’re new to the city and are looking for the perfect place to grab a cup of tea, try some of these awesome spots. We promise they won’t disappoint.

For more advice on what to do in Salt Lake City, or to buy or sell a home in the area, keep scrolling our site!

5 Tips to Sell Your Home This Spring

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Research has found that the spring season is one of the most competitive times to sell your home.

There are tons of active buyers in the market but there are also tons of sellers looking to fill buyer needs.

To stand out in the spring, you have to go the extra mile.

Read on for our five tips for selling your home in the spring!

1. Improve Curb Appeal

Curb appeal refers to the first impression your home makes when potential buyers are approaching from the outside. It includes the aesthetic impact of your home and your yard.

If you’ve never kept up with a full garden, put out a few fun pots filled with thriving plants. Make sure that your lawn is mowed, weeded, and edged.

Take the time to give your front door or shutters a new coat of paint if necessary. Peeling or fading paint will make your home look a lot older or more rundown than it actually is.

2. Depersonalize and Declutter

When people view your home, they want to envision what it will look like when they move their own belongings into it. If you have a ton of clutter or highly personalized decor, their imaginations won’t run as wild!

Toss any junk lying around and pack up any decor that distracts from your home’s structural qualities. If you’ve neglected certain rooms, you may want to disperse some of your furniture and other pieces to stage each space in your home. Buyers want to see that every room is functional but they also don’t want to feel locked into your specific design style.

3. Amplify the Natural Light

Natural light has a calming effect and has been shown to improve mental health. It’s not uncommon to hear buyers say that natural light is at the top of their list of desirable traits in a home. In the post-winter months, people may be craving natural light even more than usual!

Remove dark curtains and keep shutters and blinds open. Tone back dark walls with tan or white paint to amplify the natural light coming in. If you don’t get tons of natural light, stage a few large mirrors across from windows to reflect the light and boost the room’s brightness.

4. Renovate

You may not want to make major investments into your house before selling. However, consider making a few cosmetic renovations if some of your home’s features are outdated. For example, many homeowners are moving away from closed wooden cabinets towards a modern, open cabinet look.

A few cosmetic renovations can take your home out of the 70s and into the 21st century!

5. Find an Agent

Working with an agent who knows your area well can improve your turnover time. Buyers often have an agent in their corner so why shouldn’t you?

Sell Your Home in Salt Lake City

If you’re looking to sell your Salt Lake City home, allow MarketSource to help you! Our team knows exactly what Salt Lake City sellers have to offer and what buyers are looking for.

Contact us today and let’s get started on selling your home!

3 Best Ways Real Estate Agents Can Manage Time

 

 

While time management is essential in all occupations, it’s an especially important skill for real estate agents that hope to be successful in their field.

If you’re a real estate agent that wants to take their career to the next level this year, keep reading for tips on how to manage time successfully.

1. Start Every Day With a Plan

Sometimes being a real estate agent can feel like being your boss. Because of this, it’s vital for real estate agents to go into each workday with a plan.

It’s helpful to get into a routine where you plan daily, either early in the morning or in the evening for the next day. Highlight what needs to get done, including any appointment times, and block out time for all these activities. By starting the day with a plan, you can stay organized and know what you realistically have time for.

2. Stay Organized

Staying organized is a must for being successful in real estate. If you’re disorganized, you can disappoint and steer away from potential and current clients. Find a scheduler or task management system that works for you.

If you’re a pen and paper person, consider getting a planner to help you manage your time.

Planners are a great option because you can block out time by the half-hour, making sure you know what’s on the agenda daily, weekly, and monthly. If you choose this option, make sure you keep your planner on you constantly in a briefcase or purse, so that you can refer back to it at any time.

If this seems archaic to you, there are plenty of digital task managing options that you can access from your laptop or mobile. There are many free options, such as Glip and Airtable. These apps are a great option, as you can access them from anywhere.

3. Stay Distraction- and Procrastination-Free

Whether you work at an office or from home, distractions are everywhere. It’s a good idea to limit distractions in your workspace. Get in the habit of zoning into your work with a Focus playlist.

If you don’t need your phone for whatever work you’re doing, turn it off or put it away. Finding your own habits that lead to a distraction-free work zone can seriously help you stay on task. Try to limit multitasking, as it’s a sure way to get off-topic and can reduce the quality of your work.

We all have times where we put tasks off, especially those that are more difficult than others. Procrastinating is a sure way to cause yourself even more stress in the workplace. Give yourself time to get your work done so that you can produce impressive work.

If there’s something on your list you don’t want to do, try doing it first. This takes the pressure off and lets the rest of the day flow much more quickly.

4. Monique’s Time Management Recommendations & Schedule

1.  Get up early.  Monique starts her day at 5:45 am to fit in some personal and mental wellness before the day gets going.  In real estate, you’re often working into the evening or on weekends showing homes – which means that morning is gold for real estate agents.

2.  Find a way to work out.  She generally tries to get to the gym by 6:15 am before she has to get her kids out the door to school.  Choosing a gym close to your house makes it much more likely that you’ll go.

3.  Monique says, “I like to plan my day out at the beginning of the day with tasks so I can be very efficient with my time while driving around, etc. I work from my phone while I am waiting for clients to show up, etc in order to stay caught up.”

4.  Delegate tasks to assistants.  You can’t do it all.  This might include personal tasks like grocery shopping, running errands or planning travel.

5.  Know your worth.  Another Monique-ism, “I have a house cleaner and try to hire out any services that cost me less per hour than I am worth in order to maximize productivity.”

Make your career in real estate the best it can be by following these simple steps to manage time effectively.

For more on real estate, and to check out homes for sale in Salt Lake City, head to our site today!

5 Spring Maintenance Tips for a Summer-Ready Yard

 

After a long, harsh winter and months of hibernation, your yard is now ready for warmer temperatures. To ensure that the soil is ready to grow some new grass and flowers, you need to take a few steps to set it up for success.

Resetting your sprinkler system and aerating the lawn can do wonders for your trees, plants, and shrubs.

Read on for 5 essential spring maintenance tips that’ll get your yard ready for the warmer season ahead.

1. Aerate Your Lawn

The first and most crucial step to preparing your yard for spring is to aerate the soil. You can do this by poking holes in the ground using a rake or special aerating tools such as a spike or plug aerators.

This process will help the soil absorb nutrients, water, and oxygen better so that the grass, plants, and trees thrive in the spring.

2. Rake and Mow Your Lawn

After you aerate, you might be wondering when to mow your lawn, especially if leaves are still falling from trees. It’s best to do this right before using soil fertilizers and planting new plants. You want the surface to be clean from debris, twigs, and weeds before you mow.

Once you mow the entire yard, you’ll be able to notice any bare patches where you can reseed grass. Make sure to check your mower before you begin and sharpen any dull blades.

3. Fertilize the Yard

After raking and mowing, your yard is now clean and ready for fertilizing. As soon as you notice the grass growing, you should spread nitrogen-rich fertilizer to help it thrive.

The key to lush, healthy grass is in choosing the right fertilizer for your yard. Consult your local garden center for advice. Different soil types and climates require different fertilizers, so make sure you do your research before you buy.

4. Prune Any Trees or Shrubs

During winter, trees and shrubs lose their leaves as they get ready to grow new ones. By pruning, you help them get rid of any dried or dead parts and make room for new branches.

This is a great way to create additional space for flower beds and decide what type of xeriscaping or landscaping you want to do.

5. Set up Your Sprinklers

Once your yard is all clean, using a sprinkler system will finish everything off and get it ready for spring. No matter how much rainfall there is in your area, the grass may still need additional moisture. For best results, turn on the sprinklers either at night or in the early morning hours to help the grass absorb more water.

Get Your Yard Ready With These Spring Maintenance Tips

Whether you have a big backyard or a small patch of land in the front, preparing it for the spring season is a must if you want lush greenery.

These backyard spring maintenance tips will help you set everything up in no time and give your yard the sprucing up it needs.

Now that your backyard is ready for the warmer temperatures, it’s time to get your home all ready for spring as well. Read this article to get the spring home maintenance checklist you need today.