“LITTLE” HOUSEHOLD PROBLEMS CAN EVENTUALLY COST A LOT

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Sometimes a $1,000 disaster can be prevented with a $4 hose. That’s the finding of many homeowners who end up paying a lot for repairs that could have been prevented with just an ounce of inexpensive prevention.

One of the best places to check first is any place in your home that can be damaged by water. A survey by the American Society of Home Inspectors found that 40% of home maintenance problems are related to water. Water seeping into the basement or crawlspace, leaks from neglected washer and dishwasher hoses, and leaking pipes can leave you wet and poor.

Pay attention to the following items in your home regularly:

Water Threats
• Check for leaks from appliance hoses (washer and dishwasher), connections to the hot water heater and humidifier, outside spigots, exposed plumbing. Tighten all connections.

• After a heavy rain, check for water in attics, basements and crawlspaces. Make repairs as soon as the area is dry.

• Backed-up gutters can cause water to seep back up into the attic. The solution is simple, though: regularly remove leaves and debris from the gutter system.

Electrical System
• Check the circuit breakers about every six months.

• Check switches when lights seem to blink when the switch is touched.

• Keep wall-socket plates secure and replace broken ones.

A/C and Heating System
• Check these systems at least once a year; have them cleaned and serviced. You could save thousands in repair/replacement bills later, and improve operating efficiency thereby lowering monthly costs.

• If you have a fireplace, make sure it is professionally inspected and cleaned annually. Wood-burning fireplaces can cause creosote to build up in their chimneys–a dangerous fire hazard.

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Tools and Gadgets For Holiday Home Gifts

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When it comes to home repairs, maintenance and fix-ups, having the right tool for the task at hand can spell the difference between a quick job well done and a frustrating ordeal. If you have a “handyperson” (willing or not) on your holiday gift list, here are some great gifts you could contribute to his or her arsenal of equipment–if he or she hasn’t already discovered them.

 

  • Cordless Power Drill

(9.6 volt or more) with two rechargeable batteries. Likely to become the most oft-used tool in the box!

Drill bit set (100 piece or more)

to handle any challenge-ceramic, concrete, specialty head shapes, etc. With quick-snap adaptor, even better.

Portable tool organizer

of heavy-duty canvas or rip-stop fabric. Belt, vest or bucket offers ready access to tools, often with dozens of varying pocket sizes.

Universal socket wrench

can adjust to any size, both metric and standard, due to flexible pin design. Some come with power adaptors for electric drills/screwdrivers.

Spring hose

(50′ or longer) takes the weight and the winding out of watering tasks, yet stands up to wear and tear.

Pressure washer

for concrete, siding, outdoor furniture, decks, vehicles and much more. Even inexpensive, lower pressure models (about $80) are effective enough for most tasks.

Electronic stud finder

finds the wood, not just the nail holding it in place. Some come with laser leveling devices.

Carpenter’s level

comes in handy for everything from tree houses and fencing to hanging picture on the walls.

Sanding sponges,

in various texture grades, offer a tough, rinseable, reusable sanding surface, particularly useful with drywall and spackling compound.

 

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Someone would like to see your home in a half hour | Ready. Set. Go

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Showing Primer: Get Your Home Visitor-Ready In A Flash

Some Wilmington NC buyers may not give you much notice before they want to tour your home. Here are several tips to keep your home showcase-ready—or get it ready fast. On your mark: Assemble a cleaning caddy with all necessary tools, cleaners and rags to take with you from room to room. Get set. Go!

Everywhere

  • Turn on lights, open window coverings.
  • Stash items that don’t belong in a particular room in a box or bin. Place the filled container in the garage, basement, attic or another out-of-the-way area.
  • Lock up pets or take them with you when you leave for showing.

Kitchen

  • Pop dirty dishes in the dishwasher.
  • Take garbage/recycling to bins outside.
  • Wipe counters, sink, appliances with appropriate cleaner.
  • Sweep along cabinets and in corners.
  • Wipe up any sticky floor spots.

Living Room/Family Room/Den

  • Dust large open surfaces such as tables, lamp shades, shelves, etc.
  • Straighten books, magazines, videos, music, electronics (better yet, ban this clutter for now).
  • Fluff and arrange pillows and throws.

Bedroom

  • Make beds, even if it means throwing bedspread/comforter over unmade sheets.
  • Prop up pillows decoratively.
  • Put away clothes and other clutter (under-bed storage box works too).

Bathroom

  • All countertop items in cabinets.
  • Fold towels neatly or put out special “showing-only towels.”
  • Wipe down counter/sink and perhaps tub/shower if you have time.
  • Sweep or wet-mop floor, especially corners.
  • Wipe down toilet and/or swish inside with nearby toilet brush.

Hallways/Entry/Mudroom

  • Hang up all items.
  • Sweep and/or shake out rug outside.
  • Put dirty clothes in washing machine or dryer (if either are empty).
  • Showtime!
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