DIY Home Repair Tips-Before You call In The Professionals

Repairs around your home can often add up and become increasingly costly over time.  Knowing how to handle a few DIY home repair fixes can save you from having to call a handyman or other home service. So but down the phone, stop the web searches and grab these do it yourself tips, and check out the video for a few laughs. In all seriousness, it’s important you follow guidelines as to not have these types of disasters occur!

DIY Home Repair Tips

  • Refrigerator Isn’t Running Right- First check the temperature gauge and make sure it didn’t get turned down accidentally.  If it’s ok, pull the fridge out and take a look at the coils. They are usually located at the back or underneath. Over time these coils can be coated with pet hair, dust and other debris making your fridge work harder and thus slower to cool to temperature.  Clean them off and things should be as good as new.
  • Faucet Issues- Water isn’t running right, pressure is to low?Check the aerator.  It’s the little mesh screen like thing that is at the tip of your faucet on the inside.  After time, especially for those of us with hard water in our homes, this piece has a build up of minerals and other debris thus clogging the faucet and obstructing water flow
  • Fix Your Own Drywall- Even though it may look a bit intimidating it’s actually quite easy! Take a trip your local hardware store and pick up a drywall repair kit & a putty knife.  Follow the instructions and you have a quick, low cost do it yourself fix!
  • Water Heater Problems- People tend to panic when something goes wrong with their hot water heater.  Afterall we need hot water because no one really like a cold shower that much. If your water isn’t getting as hot as it should take off the hot water heater cover and check to make sure the pilot light is still lit. You can always take a look at your owners manual for other troubleshooting tips before you call the plumber!

These 4 tips alone can save you unneeded calls to the professionals and get your home back in shape in no time.  Another idea, should you think there may be an easy fix, is to google the problem you are experiencing. There are often tips, tricks, and directions to DIY home repairs and such all over the internet! We hope you enjoy the funny video as well.  Home repairs can be stressful and annoying. We thought we could add a little humor to the situation, Cheers!

 

Tips On Choosing The Right Housekeeping Service

Choosing a Housekeeping Service

There are some legitimate reasons as to why you would prefer having a regular housekeeping service do your household chores rather than doing it yourself. If you think you’d rather spend your valuable time doing something else, or if you’re just too exhausted to deal with the laundry after coming home from work, then you might consider hiring someone to do those odd jobs. And mind you, comparing prices and services across different companies can be over whelming. So, we’ve created a guide of sorts, to help you look at what’s important when evaluating different cleaning services.

Decide on the services you need

First and foremost, carefully decide what jobs around the house you need to get done by the housekeeping service. It could be simply cleaning up your place, or doing the laundry, or washing dishes, or all of these. Thing is, all housekeeping companies don’t offer the same services. You’ve got to make sure that the services you’re looking for are covered by the company.
And of course, listing down what you need gives you the opportunity to see where you can reduce costs. There could be some errands which you could do on your own.

Keep in mind that you might want the housekeeping services only for certain areas of your house, like say, the bathroom or/and the kitchen, given that they’re usually the most problematic areas in the house.

Frequency-Think about how frequently you need their services. The higher the frequency, the lower the price per visit.

References

Ask you friends, family, and neighbours to recommend a housekeeping service. That way, you have at least some reliability in the company. Also, the company could provide you and the person who referred the company with some discounts on their services. Even if you’re considering a company which hasn’t been recommended to you, make sure to ask for customer references and cross check.

Do your own research

Check the company’s website. Does it look professional? Call up the company before anything else, get an overview of what they do, their prices, the services they can and cannot provide, and so on. Also, check if the company has any measures to prevent or protect property from theft or damage? Is the staff well trained and qualified to do their jobs?

 Walk through – Before and After

Before kick-starting the contract, walk the maid through the entire house, emphasizing on what needs to be done and how. Make sure that your home is at its ‘usual state’, without the cleaning. The service company needs to estimate the price they’ll charge you, and it helps if they get an idea of the workload by looking at your place as is.

It’s also very important to walk through with the maid after the service has provided for the first time. The reason is to be sure that the job has been done properly and to provide feedback if anything different is to be done.

Individual or Professional Company?

You could consider hiring an individual for the job instead of a housekeeping service company. The advantage here would be more flexibility in services, and more attention to your home. The disadvantages are be that there’d probably be no insurance against property damage, and higher chances of abseentism in case the individual falls sick or something, since there’d be no replacement. Verifying trustworthiness is far more important in case of an individual, and you should make sure you check customer references.

In case of a professional company, the benefits are that there would be virtually no abseentism because the company would always have a replacement just in case, and the reliability against theft and property damage would be far better.

With these things in mind, you can begin looking for a housekeeping service. Take note that though searching for the right kind of service can take up a few days, or even a few weeks, it is well worth the effort.

The Best Home Improvments To Increase Value

Home Improvements That Offer The Most Value

When you’re considering selling your house, it’s important to make sure you get the maximum possible price out of it. With this in mind, there are certain kinds of improvements that you can undertake whose benefits will far outweigh the costs. Some of these home improvements are mentioned below.

Landscaping-Landscaping is a pretty good value for money proposition when it comes to home improvements. It adds monetary value, is good for your health, and of course, is environment friendly. Here are some of the things you can do around landscaping –

  • Cleanliness – The first and the most basic thing is keeping the lawn clean, since a messy lawn will create a bad first impression. The lawn will need trimming, mowing, and edging. Edging can be easily done with physical barriers like bricks or stones. A professional law service company can help with the trimming and mowing. All of these once done, will give your lawn a clean and well maintained appearance.
  • Add plants and trees – The idea is to add plants and trees which make your garden appear lively. But try and stick to plants which are local and are compatible with the soil type and available sunlight in your garden. Trying to plant a full grown tree is an investment which will pay off later, in case you may want to sell of your home sometime in the future. Keep in mind that it’s best that the garden should appear to be low maintenance, so avoid having too large a variety of plants.

Paint-Paint is one of the easiest ways to increase the value of your home, and it provides a good return on investment. Depending on how damaged the paint is, you could need just a touch up, or a complete paint job.

  • Use Neutral Colours – It would be wise to set aside your personal tastes and avoid any strong colours, because eventually, buyers want to be able to project their aesthetic tastes in their future house. Therefore, neutral colours (a quick search on the web will show you what these are), which don’t really stand out, are the best choice for increasing your house’s value.
  • Consider painting the front door and kitchen cabinets – The front door of your house and the kitchen cabinets may not be in good shape, and their appearance does matter when it comes to selling your house. But the good news is, instead of spending a large sum and replacing them, putting a fresh coat of paint will do just fine.

 

Upgrade the Kitchen-Most people in the real estate business will tell you that the kitchen is one of the first items to be upgraded when you want to sell your home.

  • Installing a counter top – A new countertop helps in giving a fresh look to your kitchen. Quartz is easily the most popular countertop material, and for a good reason. It’s the most durable one out there, and it requires comparatively lesser upkeep than similarly priced materials.
  • Stainless Steel is in – For whatever reason, most buyers seem to prefer stainless steel appliances. Maybe it’s that cold metallic feeling, or a smooth appearance, or just the fact that they’re considered to be energy efficient – whatever it is, stainless steel appliances are definitely in. So go for that metallic look whenever you get new appliances.

Bathroom-After the kitchen, the bathroom is the one area of your house that gives you a good return on investment.

  • Shower Heads – A simple shower head can add great value to your bathroom, because they improve the overall bathing experience by providing various settings and options to choose from.
  • Faucets, fixtures, and lighting – No one wants to deal with a leaky faucet. New faucets and fixtures add functional and aesthetic value to your home. Sufficient lighting is also important, because it makes the bathroom seem bright and warm.

These are some of the things which add resale value to your house and give great bang for the buck. In general, you have to make sure the house is clean and well maintained.

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