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Wood Flooring and Pets

by Susanne D. Leonard, PA 08/11/2019

You’ve cleaned up the paintable surfaces of your home and have removed any trace of pet damage. It’s now time to work on repairs to your wood flooring.

Wood Flooring.

Ugly gashes and scratches in your wood flooring can be a real eyesore during your open house. If you have solid wood flooring thoroughly your home that is unlikely to be ripped out by your buyer take the time to touch it up to add value to your home before the sale.

First, examine your floors and determine the damage. If you only have a few small and medium-sized scratches, some simple DIY solutions might work well for you and save on the time and monetary investment needed. Clean the surface around each mark carefully making sure the entire area is entirely dirt and debris free. If you have a wax coat on your floor make sure to remove the coating layer with a wax remover solution.

Minor Scuffs and Scratches — For small scratches try an at-home mixture of equal parts olive oil and apple cider vinegar. Using a sponge or cloth, dab the solution into the scratch. Allow the mixture to dry for the rest of the day, then rub it out of the scratch. This trick often works for minor nicks and scratches. For scuffs in your flooring try using a finish restorer. These restorer products treat light scuffs and scratches over large areas and fix finish that has faded. Blending pencils can also be handy for small surface areas. If the scratch appears as a lighter mark on your flooring select a pencil that is darker than the scratch and of the same tone and coloring as the rest of your flooring. Using the pencil fill in the scratch and lightly blend the coloring into the surrounding area.

Medium scratches — If your medium scratches only show light damage you can probably remove or significantly reduce their visibility by merely applying a new coat of finish over the affected area(s). Clean the areas thoroughly and do your best to match the new finish to the original finish on the rest of your floor. If your flooring has no finish, you may be able to fix the area by lightly sanding the scratch and reapplying the original stain to blend the scratch into the rest of the flooring.

Major scratches — Flooring with many scrapes and gashes or large scratches you'll have to refinish the entire floor for best results. To do this first clean your floors, then sand down the whole floor. After sanding clean again then evenly apply a new finish coat. If you have the extra time and capital and think the wood needs it, you can also apply a fresh coat of stain before the finish coat to significantly boost the added value to your home. NOTE — complete refinishing only works with real wood flooring. This process will not work for bamboo flooring and is more difficult for engineered wood. If you consider trying this technique on an engineered floor that has a real wood surface check the thickness of the wood surface. Sanding takes about 1mm off the top of the wood, so the surface will need to be thicker in order to handle the sanding and refinishing.

Your last step in home preparation is to take care of that carpet. Read on in part three of this series to ensure pristine carpeting for your open house.

Before you start any major repair projects like complete refinishing work with your real estate professional to determine the best investment for the resale value that works with your budget.

About the Author
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Susanne D. Leonard, PA

If you are looking for a real estate broker with proven experience, an intuitive mind, who takes a professional no-nonsense approach to your real estate investment, please consider my experience and credentials when buying or selling your next home.

Before I pursued a career in real estate, I was in accounting and then recruiter for large multi-national companies. In both accounting and the corporate world, attention to detail is a must. My favorite part of my recruiting career was putting the pieces together, finding just the right person for a position. As I moved into real estate, I realized that was the part of the role I loved the most – solving problems for my clients and helping them move forward with their goals.

As your real estate broker, my goal is to provide you with the research and education to help you strategize and make the best real estate investment choices for you. I have sold over $50 million in property and my experience is what you need to get your home sold or to find and negotiate to buy the right property. It is my goal as your full service real estate company to provide you with superior service at all times. Most of my business comes from referrals from my clients which is a testament to how I serve buyers and sellers. Between my childhood and high-energy careers, I have moved 32 times in my life and consider myself a well-seasoned mover. I understand what you are going through. Therefore, I strive to make your real estate transaction smooth, efficient and successful.

My background has led to several international moves as well. I am familiar with a number of different cultures and customs, having lived in Germany, Great Britain, England, Wales, Spain, Dubai, and, of course, the United States, giving you a unique advantage with any relocation needs and when working with people from a number of cultures.

I differentiate myself from other agents by conducting business concurrent to the values of RE/MAX International. These values dictate that real estate brokers operate under the principles of trust and excellence, never taking their clients’ business for granted.

Not all agents are committed to ongoing education. However I am unique in that I strive to keep myself on the cutting edge of advances in real estate rules and legislation that could affect my clients’ real estate transactions. In addition to achieving the SRES, CRS, ABR, SFR, CDPE, CNE, CIAS, CIPS and E-Pro designations, as well as my position as a Public Notary, I am responsible for education and mentoring of agents within my office.

I also offer free staging and Feng Shui consulting services. I have found that these are abundantly helpful in getting homes sold.

Whether you are selling a condo or buying that waterfront home of your dreams, put my expertise and experience to work for you. 

Designations and Awards

I believe that keeping at the industry forefront is critical in making sure your transaction runs smoothly. I do that through not only continuing education, but also through higher levels of education called “designations”. Below is a list of the designations I have achieved and how they benefit you.

Designations

  • REALTOR® – not every real estate broker is a REALTOR®. REALTORS® adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and are part of the largest trade organization in the country, making sure home ownership remains a strong part of our economy.
  • Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR) – For agents who want to take their buyer skills to the next level, the ABR designation provides tools and systems to help me help buyers find the right home right now.
  • Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)  – Brokers with their CRS Designation have access to cutting-edge education, results-based tools and resources, and access to a large referral network so we can find just the right agent should we need to look out-of-area. This designation is also known as the “PhD of Real Estate” with less than 4% of all agents attaining it.
  • Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) – Some of the 32 addresses I have had in my life are international. I was born in Germany and have lived abroad in the United Kingdom, the Middle East, and Spain. This is just one reason I have obtained the Certified International Property Specialist designation. This allows me to work with international buyers and sellers, opening up the world market for your next home purchase or sale.
  • Short Sale and Foreclosure Resource Certification (SFR) – The economic downturn affected many homeowners in our area. If you think you might be facing a short sale or foreclosure, you need an advocate on your side to work with you and the bank to learn your options.
  • Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE)
  • e-Pro – Since 92% of homebuyers search for homes online, it is critical that your real estate broker harnesses the power of the internet when it comes time to searching for the home of your dreams or getting your home market exposure to get it sold. My e-PRO designation has taken my tech savvy to the next level.
  • Certified Negotiation Expert (CNE) – As a CNE, I have taken in-depth training on the art of negotiating, making me a stronger advocate for your needs during the transaction. My goal is to solve any problems that may be a barrier between parties in getting the transaction closed and both parties satisfied with the outcome.
  • Certified Investor Advisor Specialist (CIAS) – If you are an investor wanting to add property to your portfolio or are new to investing in real estate, my CIAS Designation will help you achieve your goals.
  • Institute of Luxury Home Marketing (ILHM) – I have received the training for my ILHM designation and this is currently pending final approval. This highly-sought after designation provides ongoing training for representing buyers and sellers of luxury properties as well as a network of like-minded brokers in the event we need a resource outside the area.

Awards

  • Promise of One Award from the Susan G. Komen Foundation
  • RRA Excellence Award
  • RE/MAX 100% Club 2006-2018
  • RE/MAX Platinum Club 2014
  • RE/MAX Hall of Fame 2013