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Things to look for when selling your home!

Posted on March 29, 2014 at 7:02 PM Comments comments ()
Hello All!

As some of you may have already figured it out we deal a lot with foreclosed properties that need COMPLETE renovations and in doing so we have come up with a list of items buyers look for and I'd love to share the information with potential sellers!

1. Appearance!
     - If you are selling your home, whether it is an empty house or a lived in home, make sure it is clean! I don't just mean looks clean, I really mean CLEAN! AJ's Cleaning & Restoration can help you out with that! We have a special package set up just for folks who are getting ready to sell/in the process of selling that includes: Deep cleaning of entire home - please email for a specific list of items done. Carpet cleaning. Tile & Grout Cleaning & Sealing. Once we are done with your home potential buyers will be amazed at how clean the home actually is and how good it smells! Plus, everyone will look at it as "ready to move in" rather than "dirty and needs cleaned".
2. Updates!
     - If your home is over 10 years old, consider doing some upgrades! Not all upgrades have to cost an arm and a leg.. I will provide a list of simple updates that will keep your budget to a minimum but bring your homes appearance to a maximum!
          1. Painting - a fresh coat of paint means the world to a 10 year old house. It will get rid of a lot of smells your home may have experienced from every day living. Also, when painting choose neutral colors - Light Tan/Heavy Cream with one accent wall in a darker color will mean the world to potential buyers!
          2. Flooring - not all flooring has to cost an arm and a leg! For example, we just installed HIGH GRADE laminate wood flooring in a home. The flooring and padding cost was $1.69/sqft! The laminate floor was of HIGH GRADE, not your typical big box store flooring! Tile is also one of the upgrades we recommend! You can purchase ceramic tile for $0.99 to $1.99 that looks very beautiful once installed!
         3. Caulk does wonders! Prior to selling your home, make sure all windows/doors have caulk applied in appropriate areas to not let cold/hot air in. We see this especially in older homes.
         4. Faucets/light fixtures! Gold is old is my saying! If you have "gold" faucets/light fixtures/door knobs replace them all with brushed nickel! It is fairly inexpensive but looks a lot better!

That is it for this post, next one I will go over the "check list" of buying foreclosed homes! Yikes!

Thank you for reading,

Your Des Moines Area Handyman!

AJ Dedic
AJ's Handyman

Exterior Painting Season is Coming Up!

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 9:00 PM Comments comments ()
Hello All! 

As the weather has been warming up (a little...) we have been getting a lot of calls for exterior painting! Is 2014 the year you finally get that eye sore color out of your life?! If so, don't hesitate to give me a call and I'll go over you with some design ideas to make your house the nicest on the block! We already have 3 exterior painting jobs set up and are looking at adding more, so hurry and call! 

Thank you for reading this!

AJ Dedic
AJ's Handyman - Des Moines Iowa

News: We now offer Carpet Cleaning!

Posted on August 7, 2013 at 11:18 PM Comments comments ()
AJ's Handyman is excited to announce to our previous and future customers that we now offer carpet cleaning and restoration in addition to handyman services. That's right, now one company can take care of all of your needs - anything from a small repair job to a full remodel, a one time deep clean or a regular cleaning schedule, and now all carpet and grout cleaning and water restoration needs! We will keep you updated on all projects we are currently working on, and thank you for your support - we would not be where we are without the great people of Des Moines!