What to Do When Your Basement Floods

Your basement has recently flooded; what a daunting nightmare! Nothing is more disheartening than a basement flood. They can be unpredictable, detrimental, and expensive. Natural disasters can show no mercy and wreak havoc on your homes. While you go through your insurance company, it may take days before they can attend the situation. Letting that water sit is a productive environment for bacteria to grow. To prevent further damage, you need to make some proactive steps in the meantime. But what are they? Luckily, this is not our first rodeo, so we put together our top tips on what to do when your basement floods.


Your initial instinct is to grab your belongings. If the flood has not got them yet, go ahead and grab them. However, you need to begin documentation for your claim. You need to recognize all areas in your home that were affected. Check the drywall and foundation, flooring, electrical, and plumbing. Take pictures, videos and write down anything you need about the damage.


After you have finished your pictures, salvage everything you can. You may want to prioritize your electronics to prevent electrical currents. Grab everything that was not damaged and move it into a safe area of the home. If anything may be destroyed, take pictures. You need to act with haste; woods cannot sit in water for long at all. Dry your belongings when they are safely removed from the environment.


Time to get rid of all your damaged property. Carpet and fabrics can introduce homes for unwanted bacteria. Cut your carpet into small one to three-foot runners to remove. Wet carpet is extremely heavy, so you may need to make smaller runners. Next, repeat the process with your padding. If your couch or other fabric materials are soaked, remove them from your home. It can harvest microbes and put you at risk for becoming sick.

Insurance Claim

Now, you need to make your insurance claim. You will probably need your homeowners’ policy, personal identification, and proof of ownership papers. Decide what insurance policy you need. A natural disaster can be filed through the federal government or private insurance, whereas broke pipes are homeowner’s insurance claims.

Before attacking any of these procedures, ensure it is safe to maneuver through your home. Water can jeopardize structural integrity. If you have any concerns, do not attempt these tasks. For more advise, contact your insurance company today.

Five Things to Maintain for a House Showing

If you are putting your home on the market, you may be faced with several challenges. The biggest challenge of all is creating an atmosphere that appeals to your buyers. You want to provide them with a home that they could picture making their own. From the indoor decor to outdoor curb appeal, you want to make sure your home is in tip-top shape.  With a lot to do on your selling check-list, you may overlook your home’s maintenance. To help make sure that you have all of your bases covered, we have created a list of five things that you should take care of for a house showing. Let us take a look!

The Lawn + Walkway.

You want to take into consideration your home’s curb appeal. How does your house compare to the others in the neighborhood? Ideally, you want your home to stand out for all the right reasons. To help make sure your home is in tip-top shape, we recommend going around your yard and removing any excess branches and leaves. You will also want to take a look at your flowerbeds and make sure that it looks well-kept. Lastly, be sure that your walkway is clear of weeds and unpleasantries.

The Gutters + Roof.

An overflowed gutter can actually damage the foundation of your roof and lead to leakage in your home. To help ensure that your home stays in great shape, you will want to clean out your gutters. Afterward, we recommend hiring a professional to do a roof inspection. There is nothing worse than having a sale fall through from something you could have fixed.

The Heating + Air Conditioning.

You will want to have your HVAC system looked at by a professional before you put your home on the market. It could also be a good idea to have your chimney checked for reassurance that your home is in great shape!

The Windows + House Siding.

If you want your home to look brand new, you may want to rent a pressure washer for your windows and siding. By simply washing the exterior, you can cut down on dirt and debris; making it look brand new!

The Outdoor Decor + Seating.

Even though you are getting ready to move, you want to leave out some of your outdoor decor and seating. A home that looks lived in and shows a lot of character tends to help the buyer imagine themselves living there. Be sure to keep some seating options and decor pieces out to show the buyers what they can do with the incredible space.

We wish you the best of luck on your selling endeavors! For more expert advice, visit our blog hub at From The Floors Up. Thanks for reading!

How To Stage Your Home So It’s Ready To Go On The Market, But Not Stay There For Long

Part 3 – Final Touches

  • Freshen up. It could be argued that of the five senses smell is the most influential on our kneejerk response to something. Open all of the windows, and then set floor fans in each of the rooms, and let natural airflow help carry away that lived in olfactory presence. Then, close all of the widows and make plans to be out of the house for an hour or so. Before you leave use an air sanitizer and go bananas with it. Spray every room in the house thoroughly. Also use a fabric scent sanitizer for curtain, couches, etc. Follow up with plug-in air fresheners that will keep the house smelling pleasant on a daily basis. 
  • Have the carpets cleaned. Doing so will not only make a huge difference is the appearance of the house, it will eliminate odors as well.
  • Deep clean shelves and the interior of appliances. There is the possibility that someone will take a quick moment to peer inside the oven or pantry cabinets. If either of these is dirty it’s a major turn off. Scrub things thoroughly, and if necessary use fresh shelf liners.
  • Un-clutter the kitchen. Visit any home and you’re likely to find the kitchen overflowing with stuff. Unread mail, homework assignments, blenders, coffee maker, utensils. Try the 80/20 rule. Remove 80% of these things from sight and leave 20% so the space still looks a little lived in.
  • Appeal to people’s sense of taste by displaying a container of seasonal fruit and vegetables on the countertop or table. The human eye will make a quick connection with the space being a great place to eat.
  • Light it up. Turn the lights on in any and all spaces that benefit from it while guests are touring. Even if it’s daylight outside, people will respond best to well lit areas. For example, a bathroom with a window should still be shown with the light on. Also, as soon as dusk sets turn on outdoor accent lighting.


How To Stage Your Home So It’s Ready To Go On The Market, But Not Stay There For Long

Part 2 – Simplify

  • Sweat the small stuff. As homeowners we all get comfortable enough in our space to let the little things slide. Things like a shoddy screen door, cracked base boards, or un-retouched holes in the walls can be easy to ignore if you are around them on a daily basis. However, these details will make a big statement to someone who has never seen your house before, and the message will be “Neglect!” Time to make that nit-picky list and get to work on the small stuff.
  • Sweat the big stuff. Clutter is a sure way to make your house seem small and unwelcoming. It also makes it very difficult for a potential buyer to envision what their stuff might look like in the space. Make it easy for them by getting rid of everything you can. When it comes to selling a home less is DEFINITELY more. Do this in as many spaces as possible. Don’t skip the pantry, closets, or garage. How does one do this with limited space? In an ideal scenario rent a portable storage unit, known as a pod. You’re going to move anyway so why not start the packing process right away? If this isn’t an option, still start packing and neatly stack boxes in the garage.
  • Create simple unity. Paint over any area in the home that features odd or bold colors. People aren’t very good at seeing something other than the way it is. So if they see a purple wall they won’t able to envision it in beige.
  • Take you out of the equation. By this we mean pack away any personalized items that are expressive of your life and interests. For example, a wall-collage of family photos or a collection of magnets on the fridge. Make it so they can envision their own family in the house.

Next read Part 3 – Final Touches

How To Stage Your Home So It’s Ready To Go On The Market, But Not Stay There For Long

Part 1 – First Impressions

Ready to sell but not exactly ready? Grab a cup of coffee and read this three part guide to staging your home. Check of everything on this to-do list and watch your home go off the market fast!

  • First impressions are everything. Before concerning yourself with the interior ensure the exterior is appealing. Otherwise, people might not even bother to see what’s inside. The trick to a quick exterior improvement is to do things that have the most impact. No one wants to reinvent the front yard, but a few changes will do the trick. Try planting fresh flowers if the season allows for it. Spruce up the grass with a couple of pieces of sod. Add new mulch or a sprinkling of new rocks to worn areas. If you have the funds consider doing any necessary work to the garage door. It frequently accounts for much of the outside visual space seen be a potential buyer.
  • Make a statement when people make an entrance. Beautifying the front door area of your home is a smart and easy fix. Yes, curb appeal will get them out of the car, but you want to build a sense of anticipation when they are waiting for you to open the door. Set out a new welcome mat, hang a wreath, and sweep away dust and cobwebs. If there’s space, add a chair or two, as well as potted plants and flowers. If the door itself has seen better days repaint it or replace it. Don’t forget clean up any glass as well. Nothing says ho-hum like old, dingy glass in a door or entry-way window.
  • Go crazy with cleaning or hire a maid service. There is a big difference between the quick cleanup job we do on the weekends and an actual deep cleaning of the entire home. Pay attention to things like grout, baseboards, doors, etc. Get out the strong cleaning supplies and put in some solid Cinderella time.
  • Create visual space by removing unnecessary furniture. If you can’t store it, try reconfiguring the layout. Experiment and move things around until you find an arrangement that consumes the least usable space.

Next read Part 2 – Simplify

Organizing and Cleaning Your Shower

14420915_SYou just completed a beautiful remodel of your bathroom. You have heated floors, subway tile, plate glass shower doors, toothbrush holders, towel storage and lots of cabinet space. But your shower floor is littered with shampoo bottles, shaving supplies and body wash. It’s time for a bit of shower organization. And just for good measure we’ll also talk about how to keep your plate glass looking clean and sparkling.

If you were really thinking ahead you would have had shower shelves or niches built into your shower walls. If you’ve already completed your remodel or you have inherited a shower without such features, fear not.

You can use caddies to store everything from shampoo and conditioner bottles to shaving supplies to toothbrushes and bath toys. Look for deep pockets and baskets to keep knickknacks from slipping out of the caddies and getting underfoot. A wire mesh or large drainage holes are required for proper drainage. A number of racks will hold bottles upside-down like ketchup so you can easily get that last squirt of shampoo or conditioner.

There is even a shaving pedestal that can be mounted two feet off the floor of the shower to help women shave their legs. Other products combine mirrors with storage racks for razors and shaving cream. Mounted soft soap and shampoo dispensers put those products at your fingertips, and covered bar soap dishes can keep the bars from melting. Brilliant!

To keep those glass shower doors sparkling clean plan on mixing one cup of white vinegar and one cup of dishwasher soap together. Use a scrubby and wipe down the glass. Rinse with water. This should do the trick but if there are a few stubborn spots use a good glass cleaner.

Now not only do you have a beautifully organized and functional shower but a clean one as well!