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Selling your home involves several steps. One of the steps includes getting an inspection. Inspections can be unsettling for some people because they may not know what to expect. However, homeowners find that an inspection is helpful because it tells them what things might be wrong with the house, which gives them an opportunity to correct things.
Although it can be unnerving if your inspection has several flagged areas, some of these things are fixes you can do yourself. Even if the flagged things aren’t safety issues or emergencies, it makes sense to correct what you can because it will give you more leverage to negotiate the price you want. Here are five DIY projects that may want to consider fixing.
Seal Window and Door Gaps
Whether it’s gaps from a poorly fitted window or door or minor cracks in either one, you don’t want outdoor air coming into the house because it will increase the energy bill. Prospective buyers consider factors such as energy costs when deciding what home to purchase.
For doors, the problem with air coming in may be due to deteriorating weather stripping. The first step in installing new weather stripping is to remove all the old weather stripping. Experts recommend that you wipe the surface clean with rubbing alcohol to ensure the new weather stripping will adhere properly. Another option is to install a door sweep. This video will give you guidance in the installation process.
For windows, the main culprit in the air getting in is usually a hairline crack at the top of the window. You can affix a thin strip of insulation foam to the top of the window to solve the problem. For more detailed information about sealing both windows and doors, check out this video.
Unclogging the Drains
Nothing is worse than a slow drain. This is a headache for homeowners wherever it occurs. In the tub, a slow drain backs up while you’re taking a shower. In the kitchen, if the water goes down slowly, then doing the dishes takes longer. Clearing out your clogged drains shouldn’t be too difficult though.
First, if your drain is only sluggish and not too clogged, you could try a homemade remedy to clear it up. Put a ½ cup of baking soda down the drain and follow it up with ½ cup of vinegar. You may see some bubbling coming up the drain as these two ingredients interact with each other. Wait three hours, and then rinse with running water for several minutes.
If you have a more stubborn clog from grease in the kitchen sink, use ½ cup of salt followed by ½ cup of baking soda, then pour a full teakettle of boiling water in the drain and let it sit overnight. In the morning, rinse with fresh water.
Sometimes you may need to use a snake in your bathtub. If that’s the case, check out this video for more detailed directions.
Tighten up sagging carpeting
Do you ever notice your carpeting has a bubble in it or maybe it looks like it’s coming loose? It’s not very attractive for potential buyers to see the carpeting pulling up in places. It can also be a potential hazard because someone may trip over it and fall, especially if it’s on a set of stairs.
However, this issue may be quickly resolved by tightening up the carpeting wherever you see it coming loose at the seams. You’ll have to readjust the tackless strip, which is the narrow piece of wood under the edge of the carpeting near the seam. It has several nails in it positioned at an angle to catch the carpeting. The other side of the wood has screws to fasten to the floor.
This video will show you the step-by-step directions for reinstalling the tackless strip and tightening the carpeting.
Replace a Few Floor Tiles
If your home has hard tiles such as ceramic, and you’ve ever dropped anything hard unto it, then it may have caused damage to the tile. A damaged tile puts a blemish on your home. You don’t need to replace the entire flooring though. You can replace just one or two tiles if necessary and have your flooring look superior again.
One of the biggest challenges to replacing the tile is matching the tile. If you know where the tile was purchased and the name of the color, that will be a great help. Some people may even have a few left over tiles.
Once you have your tile, your first step is getting the grout out around the tile using a utility knife. You’ll have to go over it a few times to loosen up the grout. Make sure you don’t let the knife slip unto the other tile next to it, or it could scratch it. Once all the grout is out, you can use tools to pry the tile piece out.
This video shows you how to get the tile out without damaging the tiles surrounding it.
Eliminate Overgrown Brush and Ivy
Although creeping ivy may look beautiful in some locations, it’s not always best for certain homes. It may creep and grow in places that it really shouldn’t be at. It can also start to look too wild in some situations. Trimming away the overgrowth of ivy will make your home look neater and more presentable. You may need to cut the bushes as well so that it doesn’t hinder the sidewalk, porch, or any electrical lines.
With this video, you can gain some tips and insights as to the best way to proceed.
Now that you’ve tackled some of these DIY home projects, you will be prepared to get top dollar for your home. Get in touch with Mark Z for more information.