Maintenance = Money!!
In this disaster of an economy we are all looking for ways to not only save money, but also how to MAKE money. As homeowners, we are all Real Estate investors and should act accordingly in regard to maintaining that investment. Just as you would hope to have full faith and trust in how your board of directors maintains the company representing your shares, you should be giving the same attention deserved to your own personal investment. This attention will always pay off in the long run, proper maintenance of any and all investments is rule #1 for any investor, and as a home owner – that’s what you are!
How often do you see a homeowner whom rarely maintains their home out in the yard cleaning up and have the instant assumption – “they must be selling”. While an enigma to me, it’s a very common occurrence. Notwithstanding that the thought process is on par and intelligent from a home seller prospective; It is somewhat penny smart and dollar stupid. Not for the assumption that you won’t get your “rehab” costs back at closing, but simply for the overall fair market value that has been lowered due to the past neglection of beautification. (yes I made up “neglection”)
It’s the simple theory of “Sum of its parts”. It’s easy to picture a great home in a rotten neighborhood; the value of that home will differ significantly if it were simply sitting on a different lot in a neighborhood of maintained homes, correct? This added value is a non-controllable situation from a homeowner’s perspective; the only controlled factor is the homeowner’s own personal property.
Unfortunately we cannot push a homeowner to maintain their home, what we can do however is set an example. We can maintain our own homes to the best of our ability and hope that our neighbors will follow suit. A community with a higher percentage of maintained homes simply holds a stronger combined fair market value. This is why maintenance = money!! Whether we are selling now or in 30 years, the better we maintain our property, the higher our community’s fair market value will be, resulting in a higher average price per square foot when we are ready to sell!
If there is anything to love about Hurricane’s, for me it’s the way communities and neighbors come together in a time of great need. Neighbors helping neighbors is always a great American feeling. Keep that feeling alive all year long by maintaining your property, not just for you – but for your community! It’s a selfless way to MAKE MORE MONEY!!…
Maintenance = Money!!
Water may be needed to live, though it can be the cause of frustration for anyone that is dealing with a plumbing issue. A plumbing problem is one of the worst things that can happen to a home. Thankfully, there are many steps a homeowner can take to prevent plumbing headaches from occurring, while also minimizing problems should they happen.
If you encounter a problem with your garbage disposal, resist the urge to reach in and fix it with your bare hands. Garbage disposals are dangerous, even when turned off. Use a guide or the Internet to locate a blueprint of your disposal, or a troubleshooting manual.
Avoid putting grease, fat, and other oils down your drain. These substances will harden as soon as they cool down, and clog your drains. Your garbage disposal is particularly vulnerable to this issue, as the fat solids will slow the motion of the blades. This results in the disposal operating less efficiently. Get rid of any fat or oils outside or in the garbage can.
Keep your bathtub drain running well by pouring a cup of baking soda followed by a cup of vinegar down the drain each month. Cover it with a plug or rag, because a chemical reaction is sure to occur in your pipes. Let that sit for a while, and then run boiling hot water down it. This procedure should be able to clear pipes of hair and soap scum.
Don’t skimp on quality when it comes to replacing a shower head. Sometimes, people will choose a shower head because it is the least expensive. The problem about this is they aren’t sturdy and they tend to break a lot easier.
Enzyme-based products are often superior to other options when your drains are clogged. Enzyme based pipe cleaners utilize natural bacteria to attack the clog and dissolve it so it can be washed away. Enzyme cleaners are efficient and will not damage your pipes.
Be sure to clean your dryer’s lint trap. This can prevent fires and malfunctions. Inspect your lint trap every so often for tears or holes that could cause lint to go into your pipes, this could cause clogs or other problems you will have to deal with.
Cleaning the aerator will fix low water pressure issues that are caused from sediment buildup. After removing the aerator, use an old toothbrush with some vinegar on it to clean the sediment off. Rinse the aerator with water, put it back together and then attach it back onto the faucet. Cleaning the aerator in this manner removes obstacles clogging it, which then allows it to regulate the water pressure properly.
Most people run water in their sink when using their garbage disposal. It is a common misconception that water will aid in flushing the food down the drain. It could even cause food to stick to the blades of the disposal, creating damage.
Having a basic knowledge and being prepared are the first steps to successful plumbing repairs. A homeowner who learns about plumbing will make wiser decisions and be able to avoid dangerous plumbing issues. It is best for one to do one’s research and try fixing one’s plumbing issues before things get worse.…
The home improvement process may be overwhelming at first. It just takes the right information to get started. This article discusses the basics of home improvement so that you don’t go down the wrong path.
Watch for carpet installation sales at local locations of national home improvement retailers. Often, the store will provide installation very cheaply, in order to encourage buyers. This is a good time to replace your home’s carpet, because usually, the labor costs often exceed the price of the carpet itself.
Adding or replacing the weather stripping around windows and doors is a great way to improve the energy efficiency of your home. It is a cheap fix that will seal the air leaks around the windows and doors and reduce the cost of heating and cooling your home. You may also notice that you don’t feel as many drafts in your home.
You can easily make your ceiling look higher. You can get a floor lamp that is tall, or paint strips on the wall. Additions like these mean optical illusions that people’s eyes can trace upward. Eyes will follow these lines and make the ceilings look higher than they are.
Sponges are great for installing drywall. You should use a sponge rather than sand. After a few tries, you will find a wet sponge to be just as successful in smoothing the seams of your drywall as light sanding is. It also doesn’t make your room fill with dust.
Be mindful of your environment when doing home improvement, and only tackle upgrades that fit the overall picture. Odd projects, like uninsulated sun rooms in colder areas or an open deck in places where the weather is unbearably hot can give a potential buyer pause. Go with what is normally desired for the area you live in.
You can renew the appearance of your walls by spackling small holes and painting. The first step is using spackle from your home improvement store. If the holes aren’t too large, you will just need a small amount of spackle. If the hole is really small, then you can use something as small as a bobby pin to apply spackle onto it. When the spackle is dry, you should use a rigid object such as a credit card to smooth the hole. You can then apply some paint. Now you have no holes in the wall.
Use wallpaper to dress up an old bookcase. Choose a fun and original wallpaper design. Then you simply fix the wallpaper into the rear of the bookcase, so that it will be visible behind your books. This will give your bookcase a good design and it will also act as a focal point in your room.
In order to attach PVC pipes, you need PVC primer and cement. It is important that you use these specific products as your pipe will not hold with any other glues or cements and it may be prone to leaking if you avoid a coat of primer. Furthermore, the pipe surfaces must be completely dry.
Home improvement isn’t necessarily hard. By mastering basic home improvement skills, you can accomplish many projects. Keep these tips in mind, and you should achieve your desired outcome.…