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Monthly Archives: December 2017

Home Dehumidifiers

Decide what kind of control you would like to have over your dehumidifier. If you want to have full control over precise percentages of humidity, get a unit with a hygrometer and humidistat. These will sense humidity levels in the room and adjust accordingly. On the other hand, if you have an aversion to complicated electronics and are more of a hands-on person, buy a manually controlled dehumidifier.

If your dehumidifier is blowing out cold air, have the condenser coils replaced. The condenser coils are supposed to warm the dried air back up to room temperature before it is blown back out into the room. Unfortunately, these wear out quickly and must be replaced every season.

If your dehumidifier is blowing out humid air, the problem is one of two things. Most likely, the compressor is broken. Get it repaired or replaced. The other major cause of poor dehumidification is dirty or broken evaporator coils.

The evaporator coils are responsible for cooling the air, causing water to drop out and into the reservoir bucket. If your machine is blowing out humid air, the evaporator coils might be dirty or broken. Have a technician steam-clean them. If that doesn’t work, you might need to replace them.

If the machine is cooling and warming properly, but the air isn’t moving, check the fan and motor assembly. Be sure it is moving at full power, or you’ll be wasting money on electricity, since the compressor is still working to cool the air. If the fan slows down – or stops working entirely – get the motor replaced.

Tips to Increase Your House’s Value

Clean up your house

Clean your house thoroughly. By this I mean do everything humanly possible to cleanse your house. Clean the windows, the sink, vacuum the floor, scrub the toilet, take out the trash, make sure nothing appears to be in a sloppy mess.

Fix what can be seen before what can’t

Quite a few people believe that its important to work on the things you can see before the things you can’t, this attracts more buyers. For example renovate the exterior before the interior before the creaky floor boards. If the house looks like a dump from the outside most people will not be willing to have a look around inside.

Seal the driveway

Do you have a gravel driveway? Do weeds pop up, do you find yourself constantly raking gravel, do find that gravel manages to get into your house, do you get irritated by the loud noise of a car that’s driving on it makes? It may be time to end these problems and increase your houses value by sealing your driveway.

Is the property secure?

People will tend to pay more for a house they feel safe in, so consider;

– Installing a burglar alarm

– Installing a fire alarm

– Installing security doors

– Installing secure and reliable locks

Do you need new spouting?

Spouting will be one of the first things an appraiser or buyer will notice when they look at your house. You do not want them to see rusted, dirty, broken spouting. Putting in new spouting will increase the value of your house and decrease the maintenance required.

Are your windows up to scratch?

Windows are a powerful tool in your home improvement arsenal. If your windows are not aesthetically appealing or are in an awful state consider double-glazed windows, although possibly a bit expensive, are a good improvement. They will provide your house with superior heat insulation and sound insulation. If a room isn’t getting much light, consider enlarging the windows or putting in new ones. This will make the room a lot warmer and, “light and bright” which appraisers and buyer love.

Does the house need a power wash?

Unless you regularly clean your house with a scrubbing brush it will probably be a good idea to get your house power washed. Being inexpensive, this will help get rid of the grime, dirt, and any other disgusting build up on your house.

Temperature

Curtains and windows will help with insulation but to really insulate your property you need to have a good insulator between walls such as fibreglass or foam. People will happily pay much more to be warm throughout the winter than spend the extra money on heating, so by doing this the value of your house can increase substantially.

If excess heat is an issue then consider installing an air conditioner. Again, people will always pay extra to feel comfortable.

Roofing

Going back to the idea of “fix what can be seen before what can’t”, a roof improvement can be very beneficial to the value of your house. Firstly the roof needs to be cleaned, preferably power washed. If the roof is in that bad of a shape maybe a re-tiling is in order.

Things to think about before an open day.

– Make sure you have a plan and know what your doing on the day. Assign jobs to all family members or flat mates to get things done quicker in case there is a showing scheduled with short notice.

– Make sure everything smells nice and fresh, if you smoke do not smoke in your house for a few days before the auction. Open all the windows, use an air fresher if you have to.

– Get rid of all your pets for the day. They can be a nuisance especially if they are over friendly and may cause some allergic reactions.

– Your house should have a light and sunny atmosphere. Pull back all the curtains and blinds, turn lights if its dark or rainy.

– If you have the luxury of controlling the temperature of your house make sure the temperature is comfortable for all your guest.

– Clean your house thoroughly. By this I mean do everything humanly possible to cleanse your house. Clean the windows, the sink, vacuum the floor, scrub the toilet, take out the trash, make sure nothing appears to be in a sloppy mess.

– ┬áLeave the open home unless your do not have a real estate agent there. If you have to stay, don’t let the buyers know your the seller and don’t approach or smother them unless they come to you. Try to stay out of their way.

Guide to Protect Your Hardwood Floor

1. Do not use Murphy’s Oil Soap. Murphy’s works great on wooden furniture, but don’t make the mistake of using it on your hardwood floors. You won’t notice anything wrong after applying it once, but if used consistently, residue will build up and leave your floor with a dull appearance.

2. Do not use a Wet Swiffer. A Dry Swiffer is great for collecting dust, dirt, and pet hair from your floors, and it is also less abrasive than a vacuum cleaner. However, a Wet Swiffer can cause major long-term damage. The chemicals in the cleaning solution can break down the urethane finish on your floor and leave it dull, faded, and lifeless.

3. Place area rugs anywhere that might collect water. Prime areas are in front of the refrigerator, by the dishwasher, and near any sinks. Make sure that the floor is protected in any spot that is susceptible to minor leaks and water collection. A pool of water is the quickest way to destroy your floor.

4. Use floor mats in spots where people step on the hardwood directly after being outside. In addition to protecting against wet or muddy footprints, floor mats will help collect any sharp or abrasive materials stuck in the treads of shoes. This step will help prevent accidental scraping or scratching.

5. Use felt pads when moving furniture. Or better yet, lift the furniture off the ground instead of sliding it across your hardwood floor. If felt pads must be used, please make sure that they are free of any debris. Even if a tiny little object like a staple is under that pad when heavy furniture is set upon it, your floor could receive some serious gouges.

Ladder Safety Tips

PLACEMENT

  • Ladders should be placed so each side rail is on level and firm footing so the ladder is rigid, stable and secure.
  • Boxes, loose bricks, or other loose packing should not support the side rails.
  • No ladder should be placed in front of a door opening towards the ladder.
  • The correct angle for a freestanding ladder is 4 to 1. For every 4 lengths up the ladder should stand 1 length away from the house.
  • Ladders should rise to a height of at least 3 feet above any landing place for people using the ladder.
  • Ladders should be securely fixed at the top and base so they can’t from move either points of rest. If this is not possible, then a person should stand at the base of the ladder and secure it manually.

USE

  • Carry tools and supplies in belts or pouches around the waist, never in your hands.
  • Don’t use the top step of the ladder for standing or stepping.
  • If you have a fear of heights – STOP – don’t climb a ladder let someone else do it.
  • Read and follow the manufacturer’s warning stickers attached to the ladder. It is amazing how few people read this information.
  • Only one person at a time may work from a single ladder.
  • Always face the ladder when ascending or descending.
  • Don’t use a ladder if it is missing, or has a weakened, broken or otherwise defective rung or tread.
  • No metal ladder or ladder reinforced with wire should be used in the vicinity of any electrical conductor or any electrical equipment.
  • Always maintain 3 points of contact with the ladder (2 feet/1 hand or 2 hands/1 foot should be in contact with ladder at all times).
  • A ladder should not be used for any use other than its correct use as a ladder. For Example: Scaffolding.

CARRYING

  • Carry the ladder balanced horizontally, never up and down.
  • Watch your step while carrying the ladder to avoid tripping hazards.