Maid Service

Garage Door Openers…..Programming smart ones?


Oh how I long for the days of the old set the switch garage door openers. As a Las Vegas Realtor and owner of a Las Vegas Maid Service, I have to purchase and program a lot of openers. Many tenants and owners simply throw away or lose the remotes.
This leaves me to buy and program new “universal remotes”. While, the claim is universal remotes work with most door openers, I run into many that don’t work.
Yesterday, I programmed two universal remotes that would not work. For the smart programming;
1. Press the program button on the remote until the light comes on.
2. Press the smart program button on the opener.
3. Press the remote the number of times required ( on the instructions, depending on the brand of opener)
4. You should hear a click and then the door should open.
Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. When they won’t, it is time to call in a handyman.


Why you should read your Homeowners Association Documents before you buy!!!!


As a Las Vegas Realtor, I always recommend reading you homeowners association documentation provided to you before you purchase a property.
In Las Vegas, you can cancel your purchase based on your review of the Homeowners documentation, there are date parameters to follow. Many buyers do not read through the documents and find surprises after the close escrow.
One of the first things I look for is the rental restrictions. This is very important if you are buying an investment property and also if you want to know what type of rentals will be in your neighborhood.
Another item to look at is the reserve study, for maintenance ongoing and replacement, and how it is currently funded.
Today, I had a buyer cancel a transaction based on the homeowners association minutes. The association is having a hard time with pest control. They are overrun with Pigeons and other pests.
We discussed this problem and the buyer decided not to go with this property.
OurLas Vegas Maid Services cleans many properties that have pigeon droppings on the balcony, but this complex has gone past just needing a cleaning.
This is one example of a good reason to read those documents….


How to rent your property 101!!!


Today’s lesson, how to rent your property. As a Las Vegas Realtor and Las Vegas Property Manager, I am often asked, “How do you rent property?”
The fact is, all Realtors have access to the Multiple Listing Service and almost all will put the rental listing on the MLS. This is where a cooperative commission payment comes in. This also advertises your property to every Realtor in Las Vegas and puts the listing on Realtor.com if checked.
I usually find that the following steps help with a rental.
1. Take lots of photos.  Prospective tenants want to see what your property looks like.

2. Have the property professionally cleaned. Our Las Vegas Maid Service, regularly recieved requests for cleaning rental property.  Make sure it is deep cleaned, nobody wants to move into a dirty home….

3. Remove the clutter, this helps it sell. Everyone reacts more positively to a clean uncluttered home.

4. Use the internet; Craigslist and my favorite, Rentals.com  As a propety manager, I have a corporate account with Rentals.com which allows me to list all my properties with priority placement.

5. Be available to show your property and respond quickly to rental inquiries.  If you wait, the tenant will find some other property.

Not everyone needs or wants a property manager, so with some effort you can rent your property too.   Of course if you do want a professional manager, justcallscottd@yahoo.com


Cleaning with CLR, we use it and so should you!


One of our favorite products, no payment being received from them, for our Las Vegas Maid Services, is CLR. You can buy this product at any of your favorite stores including Home Depot and Lowes. This product is extremely versatile, but use hand and eye protection when using. The many surfaces this product clean include;
Tubs
• Toilet bowls
• Sinks
• Glass
• Chrome
• Fiberglass • Stainless steel
• Coffee makers
• Humidifiers
• Dishwashers
• Washing machines
• Shower heads
Basically it is great at dissolving calcium and rust. In Las Vegas hard water is something we live with and deal with when cleaning.  One of the things you may not think of with CLR is cleaning the driveway, but with pressure washing it works great. I use a slightly different approach and use powder laundry detergent to soak up oil and fluids on my driveway, and then CLR and pressure washing later on to keep it clean.   Do not use it directly with oil, use an oil absorber, such as CLR Grease Magnet first.

When shopping for cleaning chemicals, our Las Vegas Maid Services, tries to be green, but CLR is a good addition for those tough cleaning  jobs.


IN HOT WATER!!!To clean well we need hot water


Several states, including New York, have introduced legislation to stop the use of hot water in cleaning for public buildings, such as schools. This is a well meaning, but misguided idea.  I can tell you from personal experience, a lot of it, that hot water is a big ingredient in our Las Vegas Maid Services cleaning.
If you look at your chemicals and instruction manuals for cleaners (carpet, washing machines, ect.)warm water is very often suggested to be used.
This is due to many chemicals performing their best with heat. Just think of how we use steam cleaning, not something that can be done with cold water.
The idea of cleaning with cold water is one to save energy, “be green”, and save money for the states. Unfortunately this will backfire, as the time spent cleaning with cold water is much more than if you have access to hot water.
Our Las Vegas Maid Services encounters this when we have a turnover or move out and the gas is off. We try to reschedule as the results, in our experience, are just not the same as when we have hot water available.


Pressure washing and why do it?


Recently I sold a home to an investor that will be used as a rental. The first item of business was to address the small repairs in the home inspection list. As a Las Vegas Realtor, I always recommend a home inspection, this is very inexpensive insurance for buying the correct investment and not a “money pit”.  Usually the inspection finds small problems, which can be used as a repair list, but sometimes it is a big item and time to cancel the transaction.
While doing the repairs, we inspected the garage, driveway and found it to be stained by grease, oil, and other fluids. Just this mess will distract prospective tenants so we decided to clean it up. You can easily do this with degrease product and a pressure washer. Some elbow grease is required but this will make the property look that much better. And help me rent it in a rapid time frame.
Before the Las Vegas Maid Service gets in to do their job, the outside of the property will look ready to rent.


Going Green….The new car choice or why I bought a Prius!


As a Las Vegas Realtor and owner of a Las Vegas Maid Service company, my gas bill is large every month. I have been driving a Hyundai XG350 since 2006 and had put over 100,000 miles on it, for a total of 155,000 miles. I loved the car, and it did not have a break down until after 145,000 miles. After this is started to break down weekly, so it was time for a new car.
After researching the Internet and car buying sights, we narrowed our choices to the Toyota Prius and Hyundai Sonata/Elantra. The decision came down to gas mileage, I am getting over 43 miles to the gallon in my new/used Prius. The Hyundai was very good looking, but the Sonata only averages 26 miles to the gallon, and unfortunately I was concerned about the resale values.
Since we have to drive so much for business, I decided to try to save money and help the environment at the same time. Of course, I do like my new car, it drives great!!!


Title/Escrow companies-Why cant I choose my favorite anymore?


With the advent of the Foreclosure crisis has come some new ways of doing business. As a Las Vegas Realtor, I deal with this daily and my clients are often baffled by the changes and it is an upsetting situation which gives the buyers little control over the transaction. The banks are choosing the title/escrow company and many times requiring a pre approval through their choice of lenders.
While the title/escrow companies are non biased third parties, I can safely say that the level of service has deteriorated. Just getting many title companies to return phone calls is frustrating at best. When you compound this with the inability to receive an answer from a bank on an offer for days/weeks, the buying process for las vegas real estate has become difficult.
Recently another issue has come up in the bank owned properties. The banks are hiring companies to take care of the maintenance, but the vendors often time are not completing the job. I just sold a two bed/two bath/two car garage home which has a log showing cleaning on a regular basis. As an owner of a Las Vegas Maid Service, I can tell you, that this home was filthy. The funniest part was the paper showed that the fan and blinds had been dusted, days before our home inspection, but they had over an inch of dust accumulated.
This is a weird time in Real Estate, so use a professional and be patient to get a great deal.


Smart phones, keeping it clean?


As a Las Vegas Realtor and owner of a Las Vegas Maid Services company, I use a smart phone to keep up with work and scheduling. My current choice is a Droid X, through Verizon Wireless. The reason I went with this phone is the size of the screen. Getting older, my eyesight is not what it used to be……This phone allows me to actually read my email without squinting.
One of the problems that we face with smart phones, is that the screen gets dirty quickly. To clean this I use a microfiber towel, we use them to clean all the time, and I just wipe down the phone screen. So far, I have not used any cleaning chemicals to clean the screen off, the wipe down has done the job fine. If I do get it to the point that a wipe down will not work, I will buy a cleaner designed for the screen, so not to do any damage.
Remember with the smart phones, dont use the email/text in the car, be safe.


The newest golf deal in town!!!


Rhodes Ranch and Tuscany golf courses have lowered their prices and have started a new players club. As a Las Vegas Realtor and owner of a Las Vegas Maid Services company, many of my clients from out of town like to visit golf courses when they are here.
Rhodes ranch has been one of my clients favorites and by joining the players club I can now get the eclub rate for them to play.  This will save them a good amount on the round, and the course is a top one in town.
The players club is $29.00 per month and includes $15 dollar golf in the afternoon, times change with the season, and range privileges one hour prior to playing time. As a bonus, you get two draft beers with your round, and a dozen Taylormade balls.
The value is very good when you consider the condition of the course and the location.


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