Category Archives: Preparing to sell a property

Cream of Tartar, Baking Soda & Vinegar saved the day

Who knew?  Cream of Tartar has lots of uses! So does Baking Soda and Vinegar. And they all came to our  rescue yesterday!

I listed a lovely 7 acre tract of land with a newer mfg. home ( double wide ) on it.  We got multiple offers and went under contract with a closing date of the 4th of January.

All was good, Inspections done, Buyer Conditional Loan Approval out of the way, Appraisal done, and then all of a sudden  – yesterday – the 29th of December –  the Buyer’s Agent informed me by text that the Lender needed “new” pictures of the number plates on the mfg. home sides in order to fund.  ( this fact could lead me to a soap box but I will refrain! )

But as the Seller’s Agent I needed to do something to facilitate so I switch up my schedule and went over, only to find that in the Texas humidity and moisture the aluminium plates had developed a layer of build up – hence the bad appraiser pictures

The dilemma is how to get the build up off the plates without destroying the numbers, and how to do it quickly so as to avoid a delay in closing while waiting for Label Verification from HUD which takes days and is expensive to expedite.

This is where the Cream of Tartar, Baking Soda and Vinegar all come in to play!  Using those products and following instructions on How to Clean the Seller was able to clean the plates enough to see the numbers! The only thing she didn’t use was the steel wool she something a little less abrasive.

A couple of morals to this story 1)Cream of Tartar, Baking Soda and Vinegar are good things to have in your pantry. 2) Something always comes up in real estate 3) If you have a mfg. hone you are going to list to sell make sure that the Labels are legible!