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The 7 Most-Needed Repair Tips Every Homeowner Should Know


Relax. Here’s how to make short work of every common repair annoyance.

These are the 7 most-needed repair tips every homeowner should know.

1. Fix a Leaky Toilet

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Running toilets not only rob sleep, they waste water and jack up your bill. Here’s how to change a flapper — the usual suspect — and solve other likely problems.

Related: How to Fix a Sweaty Toilet

2. Repair Drywall Holes

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The hardest part of drywall repair is making the patch flush with the existing wall. A “pumpkin patch” is an easy repair that cuts down on sanding.

Related: Another Clever Way to Fix Drywall — with Makeup Sponges!

3. Adjust Cabinet Doors

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Changes in humidity can make cabinet doors rub, refuse to close, or just look cockeyed. Adjusting them is easy and generally requires only a screwdriver.

4. Open a Stuck Window

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Windows stick when paint, dust, or moisture builds. Use a utility knife (or a pizza cutter) to remove old paint. Be careful not to gouge the wood sash. If high humidity is making windows hard to move, run a humidifier that sucks moisture out of air.

Related: Save Money with Window Repair Tips

5. Stop a Leaking Faucet

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A dripping faucet can waste 5 gallons of water per day. If you can’t replace the faulty part immediately, tie a string around the faucet and let it fall into the drain: Dripping water will silently flow down the string.

6. Silence Door Squeaks

Take the squeak out of doors by lubricating top and bottom hinges with a little WD-40 or white lithium grease. If you don’t have any on hand, olive oil is a quick but temporary fix.

7. Turn Off the Main Water Line

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Don’t wait until water gushes into your house to search for the main water line. When things are calm and dry, locate and practice turning it on and off.

9 ways to ruin your open house

Via: Texas association of Realtors. I thought this was good advice for sellers who are staying in the home while trying to sell. It is a bit  difficult for buyers to see themselves in a home that is occupied but simple clean up and de-personalizing can definitely help!

Here are things to avoid neglecting for an open house.open house funny

08/29/2014 | Author: Editorial Staff

When done right, open houses are a great way for potential buyers to see your property at its best. When done wrong? You risk ruining your chances of a quick sale. Below are the worst mistakes sellers make at open houses as identified by Parade Magazine:

  • Staying during the open house
  • Not leaving enough time before you leave to prepare the house
  • Not cleaning up at all before you leave
  • Letting pets stay during the open house
  • Trying to mask odors with stronger odors
  • Trying to mask sounds, such as traffic noise, with louder sounds
  • Not turning on lights before you leave
  • Blocking access to parts of the house
  • Leaving notes for buyers, pointing out features of the home

Remember, your Texas REALTOR® knows how your property will appeal to buyers. Listen to his or her advice about open houses and other matters regarding your home’s sale.