Spring Cleaning

Spring is in full swing so most people tend to think about their spring cleaning. Spring cleaning is a thing because it happens when winter is finally over and the weather starts to get warmer which motivates people to get their house in order. Spring cleaning doesn’t just involve a deep thorough clean, it involves organizing and decluttering. Anything that it takes to make your house a better place to live. Below are some tips to help you start the process if you are feeling a bit overwhelmed.


Obviously the first step to spring cleaning is to clean. This isn’t just your normal tidying up that you normally do. This is an intense clean of every room. You should dust and wipe down all surfaces including windows, baseboards, moulding, cabinets and appliances. In the bathrooms you should clean out the shelves in your medicine cabinet, vanity and linen closet. In the kitchen you should wipe down your appliances, toe kicks and shelves. All floors must be cleaned as well. Now is a good time to wash the outside of your windows and also clean your screens so you can enjoy the spring breeze. My recommendation is to do room by room until complete. You could also hire a cleaning service to do a deep thorough clean but it could cost your a pretty penny.


The main part of spring cleaning that makes it different than your everyday cleaning is that you should organize your house as well. This is the time to organize drawers, closets, etc. The main place people need to organize is their garage or storage area. Go through this space this time of year and get rid of what you don’t need or haven’t used in a lot of time. This is why yard sales are so common this time of year. People want to get rid of their stuff! You can host a yard sale to sell your things, do an online yard sale (I have found some on facebook) or there are also consignment shops that may want to pay you for your things. If you don’t want to sell your items it is also nice to donate to a charity. I have used such services as green drop to donate to the charity of my choice since they have a few they work with. If you have children’s items you no longer need you can always give to a friend in need who may be having a child. Kitchen and bathroom drawers and closets should be reviewed to see if anything is not being used or is even expired. Clothes drawers and closets should be looked through as well. All of this will make you feel like a whole weight has been lifted off of your shoulders.

This is the basics to having a successful spring cleaning. There are many ways to organize your efforts but I guess any step is a step in the right direction. Especially if you aren’t doing this already. A happy and decluttered house leads to a happy family.

5 Reasons a Lender May Reject Your Mortgage Application

The necessary paperwork that is mandatory to complete for a mortgage application can often be a difficult task to undertake. After finding your dream home, the last thing you want is to then find yourself receiving a call from the lender stating that they have declined the loan. You may even ask yourself what could have caused this to happen. Mortgage applications haven’t changed over the years but the current lending requirements have.

Today’s financial institutions have strict guidelines in place making it difficult for consumers to obtain a loan. The following are five factors that could have an impact on whether a financial institution will lend money for a mortgage.  

1. Changing Employment

Switching jobs may not have an impact on a person’s ability to qualify for a mortgage, but you may be at a disadvantage if you have recently changed companies. If you make a move within the company to a position with the same or greater pay scale, you shouldn’t need to worry.  People who are dependent on commissions or bonuses may suffer a greater risk of getting rejected by the lender. Financial institutions find applicants who have been with the company for two or more years more favourable when lending money. Those with the greatest disadvantage are people who leave a salaried position and start a business venture on their own. Lenders like to see stability and records from a two year period, so they can plan future income appropriately. Furthermore, an applicant that is self-employed could have more expenses to write off, and their income taxes reflect the minimal net income that is reported.

2. Changes in your Credit that have an Impact on Your Credit Score

Equifax, Experian or Transunion are a few of the companies that the lender may use to check the applicants credit history. It can take anywhere from one to three months for a home loan to go through, and the lender may do a final credit check before fully committing to a loan. It’s important to not do anything that could have a negative impact on your credit score during this time. The activities that could prevent your loan from going through include making a late payment, or applying for another type of loan or credit card. It’s in the consumer’s best interest to obtain a copy of their credit report and correct any items that are wrong.  

3. Failing to make your Current Mortgage or other Payments

People who fail to make their monthly mortgage payments or cannot pay their other bills are showing the lender that they are a poor credit risk. If an applicant is having a hard time paying their current mortgage, they should consult with the mortgage holder and see if there are any other options in place, so they can meet the repayment terms on their loan.

4. Too Much Credit Card Debt and Numerous Outstanding Loans

Lenders will take into account an individual’s consumer debt and the mortgage payment, and see how it correlates with their income. The basic rule most lenders follow is approximately 33 percent of an applicant’s gross income with an added five percent for consumer debt. The lender will also look into the available credit a borrower has to utilize, so you may want to think about closing a credit card account or reducing the maximum limit that is allowed.

5. Failure to Complete the Basics

Some financial institutions make it easy and are able to complete the loan application process over the phone. However, many institutions require the individual to physically fill out the form. It’s simple to make mistakes or leave items blank when an applicant rushes through the process and hasn’t filled out the necessary paperwork properly. A lending institution can refuse an application based on these mistakes, so you need to make sure to take the time and go over everything thoroughly. It’s also possible to hire a mortgage broker, attorney or financial adviser to help with the application process and have it all checked before presenting everything to the lender.  These are the primary reasons a lender may refuse an applicant’s mortgage. To make sure this doesn’t happen, an individual should maintain good credit and keep their debt ratio as low as possible. This will have a positive impact on whether their home mortgage is approved.


Andrew Potter is a finance and property expert and writes for www.myonlineestateagent.com. My Online Estate Agent provides a new alternative to your standard high-street estate agent.