They are ready to sell! Call today to view this beautiful property! Of course I am going to give you a sneak peek, but you will have to see this one in person to appreciate the beauty! 12.9 acres of land, large detached garage, this place has it all! Updated kitchen, large laundry room! 4 bedroom, 2 bath, large home!
You know, when you think about it, we should be obsessing over fall cleaning instead of spring cleaning. After all, you’re about to shut yourself inside for months with all the dust and dirt your home has collected during the hot, dusty, open-window days of summer. And who wants to inhale that?!
The EPA even estimates that indoor air quality can be five times more polluted than outdoor air. So here’s a checklist to help you breathe easy all winter long in your home.
#1 Wash and Disinfect Garbage Cans and Wastebaskets
You’re going to be shut in all winter with these germ havens, so now’s a good time to clean them thoroughly. Take them outside where you can blast the insides with a garden hose, then add disinfectant.
For an environmentally safe way to sterilize these nasty grime collectors, use undiluted hydrogen peroxide or vinegar mixed 50/50 with water. Caution! Don’t mix hydrogen peroxide with vinegar — the result is harmful peracetic acid. Regular bleach is an effective disinfectant (one part bleach to six parts water), but we much prefer environmentally safe.
Let the garbage cans sit for an hour, then pour out the contents and scrub the insides with a stiff bristle brush to remove any residue. Rinse and, if possible, let the wastebasket dry in direct sunlight, which helps eliminate bacteria.
#2 Wash and Disinfect Toilet Brush Holders
Take the holder and the brush outside, and spray wash thoroughly with a garden hose. Immerse the holder and brush in a bucket of hot water mixed with one of these solutions:
- 1 part bleach to 6 parts water
- 2 to 3 cups of environmentally friendly washing soda crystals
- A 50/50 mixture of vinegar and water
Let everything sit in the solution for a couple of hours, then rinse the holder and brush with a hose and place in direct sunlight to dry.
#3 Turn Over Furniture and Vacuum the Bottoms
You might shift furniture around so you can vacuum the floor, but there’s another side to the story — the underside.
Tilt upholstered chairs and couches all the way back (much easier with two people) to expose the bottoms. The dustcovers tacked underneath furniture can catch dreck and dust bunnies, so vacuum them off, being careful not to press too hard on the fabric.
#4 Clean the Tops of Doors, Trim, and Artwork
Tables and countertops aren’t the only household items with horizontal surfaces. In fact, just about everything in your house except Rover’s tennis ball has some kind of horizontal surface where dust and dirt will nestle, often unnoticed. You’ll want to clean the top horizontal edges of:
- Interior doors
- Trim, including baseboards and chair rails
- Artwork and mirrors
- Electrical wall plates
- Wall-mounted smoke detectors, CO detectors, and thermostats
- Upper kitchen cabinets
- Light bulbs and light fixtures
- Computer monitors
- Books on shelves
#5 Vacuum Behind the Fridge
Your fridge needs to be cleaned periodically so that it operates at peak efficiency. Ignore this chore and face another $5 to $10 per month in utility costs. Worst case: a visit from an appliance repair pro who’ll charge $75 to $150 per hour!
The object is to clean the condenser coils. Here’s how:
If the condenser coils are on the back of the refrigerator, then pull the unit out completely, and unplug it while you work on it. Brush or vacuum the coils to clean them, and clean up any dirt and dust on the floor.
Also, check to make sure your freezer vents are clear. Freezers circulate air to reduce frost, but piling up too much stuff in front of the little grill-like vents inside your freezer blocks their business.
If the condenser coils are on the bottom of the fridge, then you’ll need to clean them from the front of the unit.
Take off the bottom faceplate to expose the coils.
Clean dust using a condenser-cleaning brush ($8) or a long, thin vacuum attachment made for cleaning under refrigerators ($14).
You should still pull your refrigerator all the way out and vacuum up dirt and dust that accumulates in back of the unit. Unplug it while you work on it.
Put down a piece of cardboard so that grit under the wheels doesn’t scratch your flooring.
#6 Winterize Your Entry
Keep winter’s slush and gunk at bay by making your entryway a dirt guardian.
- Get a boot scraper ($19 to $35).
- Add a chair or bench for taking off boots, and have a boot rack for wet footwear.
- Put down a tough coir outdoor doormat ($30 to $190) for cleaning footwear.
#7 Clean Windows
By some estimates, dirty window glass cuts daylight by 20%. That’s a lot less light coming in at a time of year when you really need it to help chase away winter blues.
Clean windows inside and out with a homemade non-toxic solution:
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon eco-friendly dish detergent
- 2 cups water
Wipe clean and polish using microfiber cloths.
#8 Clean Ceiling Fan Blades
Those big blades on your ceiling fan are great at moving air, but when they’re idle they’re big dust magnets — dust settles on the top surfaces where you can’t see it.
Out of sight maybe, but not out of mind. Here’s an easy way to clean them: Take an old pillowcase and gently cover a blade. Pull it back slowly to remove the dust. The dust stays inside the pillowcase, instead of all over the floor, the furniture, your hair (ugh!).
#9 Change Furnace Filters
Yeah, this is a no-brainer, which is why it’s last on this list. But everything else you do could be moot if you’re not changing your filters at least once every 60 days (more if you’re sensitive to allergies).
Air filters for furnaces are rated by level of efficiency. The higher the rating, the better the filter is at removing dirt, mold spores, and pet dander.
Filters are rated one of two ways (you’ll see the ratings on the packaging); higher numbers mean better efficiency, but there’s a point of diminishing returns — some filters with extremely high ratings also restrict air flow, making your HVAC work so hard that the system heats and cools inefficiently.
- Minimum efficiency rating values (MERV) for filters range from 1 to 16, but 7 to 13 is typical for households (14 and up are used in hospitals).
- Microparticle performance rating (MPR) range from 300 to 2,400.
Cheap filters cost about $2, but won’t do you much good. You’re better off paying $12 to $17 for a pleated filter with a 1250 MPR, or $20 to $25 for a filter rated 2,400.
Happy cleaning (and breathing!) this winter.
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If you are looking for peaceful living that showcases the beauty of nature, THIS HOME IS FOR YOU! With over 12 acres, the property offers many quiet moments of solitude on any of its multiple screened-in porches, multiple patios and covered porches. Approach the home on a stately tree lined road and let the charisma begin on the southern style wrapped porch perfect for gathering to sip sweet tea on a hot afternoon. Enter the home through custom designed double glass doors and you will immediately notice the abundance of sunlight through the many windows and skylights in the Sunroom where you can enjoy your morning coffee while watching the sunrise.Special attention to detail is the norm in this home with the original wooden staircase in the foyer that goes back over 100 years along with
the extra wide baseboards throughout. Hardwood floors lead you to the large living room where you can spend hours reading a book in front of the double-sided fireplace with heatilator that efficiently warms the entire 1st level of the home. Prepare many meals in the updated kitchen while guests visit with you in front of the fireplace. The kitchen boasts all the modern conveniences including multiple countertops, custom designed cabinets with pull out drawers and built-in organizers, spice/mug rack, multiple D shelf and round Lazy Susans, as well as pull out potato and onion bins. The oversized laundry room is equipped with a built-in ironing board and double closets with 3 separate 5 ft Lazy Susans. The master bedroom has a non-working fireplace and a small room that has been made into a walk-in closet. The master bathroom has a garden tub and custom designed cabinets. There is an additional bedroom and another full bath on the 1st level. Two large bedrooms can be found on the 2nd level along with a lot of storage so be sure to open doors and not miss any of the areas! Wait until you see the 36’X56′ outdoor garage! Concrete floor 6″ thick in parking area and 4″ thick in shop, 60 amp, 220 volt electric service, supplied from the house, with three 12’X10′ and one 10’X10′ high doors that will house approximately 8 cars. There is 12 feet to the rafters suitable to accommodate a lift. Minutes from Mt. Washington, this Taylorsville home is located in Bullitt County. Schedule your private showing today and come experience the serenity this home offers and make it your personal retreat.
The Kentucky Derby, Thunder Over Louisville, Lights Under Louisville – these are just a few of the events you have to look forward to now that you are moving to Louisville. What about Fido? Start by tasting and wagging your way through the many dog-friendly restaurants such as Molly Malone’s or the Down One Bourbon Bar & Restaurant. Next, take in the view of Downtown Louisville at the Waterfront Park (Bonus: If you plan your trip in the evening hours, you’ll see the light show of the Big Four Bridge illuminated over the Ohio River). To truly become a Louisvillian, leash up your pup for a walk under the city in the Mega Cavern.
All this and more awaits you once you sell your home and make the move, and with this guide to selling your home, you’ll be falling in love with Louisville in no time.
For more information:
Visit rover.com to find a place to board your dog.
Visit thebalance.com for expectations on scheduling showings.
Visit bhg.com for other tips on decluttering.
Visit getridofthings.com for tips on eliminating pet odors.
Visit realtor.com to find more things you should be talking to your realtor about.
Selling your home involves the entire household, and your pup just happens to be one of the furrier family members. Simply keep your dog in mind throughout the buying and selling process, and enjoy this new life experience.
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You will not want to miss seeing this 3BR/3.5BA pristine Cape Cod home in the quiet neighborhood of Grandel Farms. You will immediately notice the covered porch where you can spend time unwinding from one’s day. Enter the home to find gleaming hardwood floors leading you into the open area. A beautiful gas fireplace will invite you to sit in front of a fire and read your favorite book in the great room. Picture friends sitting at the breakfast bar visiting as you prepare meals on the multiple countertops. You will find the backsplash compliments the stainless steel appliances and abundance of cabinets. Wait until you see the Florida room that boasts natural sunlight through its many windows, tall ceilings with decorative window.
Enjoy plenty of solitude watching sunrises and sunsets. This home is unique in that all the bedrooms can be master bedrooms. There is one bedroom on the first level and a laundry room that has been converted to a dressing room/closet, as well as a full bathroom. Both spacious master bedrooms on the second level envelope you with warmth and security and possess 9-foot dormers. Each room has large walk-in closets and full bathrooms. One of the bathrooms features a double vanity, garden Jacuzzi tub, and shower. You will find ample room to entertain in the finished basement area that has a recreation room with pool table that remains with property. There is an additional family room that could easily be used as the 4th bedroom with adjoining 1/2 bathroom. A second laundry room can be found too, as well as a large unfinished storage area. If this isn’t enough bang for your money, check out the fenced-in backyard. Perfect for hosting gatherings and cookouts on one of the two patio areas or roasting marshmallows on the built-in fire pit. There is even a bordered play area! The oversized double driveway leads to a 2-car garage and accommodates extra parking for guests. Take a look at the list of upgrades under the document tab of this listing. You will absolutely fall in love with the easy living this home offers so schedule your private showing TODAY and make this your next home!
If you are looking for peaceful living that showcases the beauty of nature, THIS HOME IS FOR YOU! Words cannot describe the outdoor living space. With a little over 7 acres, the property offers many quiet moments of solitude on any of its multiple decks with built-in seating and creek rock patio. As you drive up to the landscaped circular driveway, you will immediately notice and hear the waterfall from the pond and feel the tranquility. Walk down to the dock where the fish stocked from Kentucky Fish & Game will greet you. The one owner 3BR/4.5 BA brick home is perfect for multi-generational living with 2 separate open style living areas. Enjoy your morning coffee while watching the sunrise overlooking the property in the Florida room or main kitchen.
Throughout the home you will find recessed lighting, wainscoting, skylights and abundance of closets and storage areas. The living room has built-in nooks and the sitting room has built-in shelving. Both kitchens have granite countertops and all kitchen appliances remain. Appreciate the magnificent view in the main kitchen through the floor to ceiling Palladium window, as well as skylight in the cathedral ceiling. Picture friends sitting around the breakfast bar visiting as you prepare meals. The large master bedroom is a personal retreat in itself and allows for a sitting area where you can spend hours reading a book. The finished basement is sound proof with extra insulation in the ceiling. There is a bedroom, extended bar with bar sink, cabinets, refrigerator, additional laundry area, and 3 bonus rooms that can be used as an office, recreation room and additional sleeping quarters. One of the bonus rooms has a built-in desk and walk-in closet. The separate basement entrance is great for privacy. The full bathroom has a double vanity with built-in shelving. The 2+ garage is amazing and a handyman/welder’s dream. Wired for 220v electricity, this garage lacks nothing with its tall ceilings, oversized 8 ft garage doors, utility sink, cabinets, workbenches and an oversized work area. The back door leads to a second driveway that can be used to park an RV. Host many gatherings and cookouts using the cook shed featured with lights and electrical outlets. There is a barn and utility shed too. As you can tell, this unique property has so many features that can’t completely be covered in this description. Take a look at our pictures and find yourself dreaming when looking at the surreal seasonal pictures. Discover country living in the middle of Fern Creek only minutes from shopping, entertainment and restaurants. Schedule your private showing TODAY and be captured by this home’s beauty!
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Motivated sellers! This home is beautiful, has everything you can want and need! Call us today to check this home out! Enjoy peaceful living in metro Louisville in this 4BR/3BA brick home on 11.55 acres of nature. This home is equipped with all of life’s indulgences. Enter the surreal grounds starting with one of two stocked ponds to find an immaculately kept home beautifully landscaped. Open the custom designed front door with sidelights to be greeted by wainscoting, dentil molding, and a double closet in the foyer. The living room has floor to ceiling windows and built- in cabinets and shelving. You will love celebrating holidays in the festive ambience of the dining room with its floor to ceiling windows and precise detail of the wainscoting.
As a kid in Louisville, my family lived both near Melbourne Heights Elementary and then later off Browns Lane on Rockwood Drive. I can remember what we used to call the “Pink” building as a landmark. It was finished in 1965 and opened as Lincoln Life in 1966. Now we call this Kaden Towers, or the building where Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is at. During those times 264 was still a 2 lane road with it only going part of the way around the city. Hurstbourne Pkwy was hurstbourne land and just barely a 2 lane road. Now it is a rapid moving 4 lane highway.
When we lived off of Browns Lane there was only tobacco and corn fields behind our home where now stands country clubs, and 1000’s of homes.
The first mall opened in 1961 and that was Mall St Matthews and when it first opened was called simply, “The Mall.” We were so excited when it opened with the fountains and stores. Roses, Kaufman-Straus and yes even an A&P grocery as the anchor stores for The Mall.
These are just a few of the things I remember while living in Louisville the first time.
This was the big city, where we would go to downtown to buy uniforms at Graves Cox and spent all of our waking hours outdoors enjoying ourselves. Each mom had their own way of calling for the kids to come home. My mom’s was to hold two fingers in her mouth and make a real shrill whistle to tell us it was time for dinner.
I hope you have fond memories of when you were growing up as well. Tell someone about it and keep the memories alive.