Quick Household Tips

While buying a home is an exciting new adventure in most people’s lives, it is also financially overwhelming to most people. After going through the whole closing process and then furnishing a home, no one wants to pay the extra money for those little issues that are making their new home “not completely perfect”. Here is a list of some of those annoying little issues along with some fairly simple repairs that you can do yourself to prepare your house for sale or after you have bought a new home:

  • Unclog sinks by pouring ¼ cup of baking soda into the drain followed by one cup of vinegar. Next, cover the drain with a lid and let it sit for 15 minutes. Finally, flush it out with hot water.
  • Fix a leaky faucet by simply replacing the washer. Soft washers should be used for cold water taps and harder washers for hot.Home Staging Tips
  • Silence a squeaky wood floor by sprinkling the loose boards with baby powder and sweeping it into the cracks.
  • Oil stains can be removed from garage floors or driveways by sprinkling cat litter on the stain and then rubbing it in. Let it settle for 1 hour and then sweep it. Another fix is to spray stains with WD-40, let it soak, and then rinse after 15 minutes.
  • Scratched glass can be made less noticeable by spreading 1/4 inch of toothpaste over the scratch. Press the toothpaste into the scratch by rubbing it in with a damp cloth/sponge. Remove the toothpaste from the glass with the damp cloth and then clean the glass with a glass cleaner.
  • Remove carpet dents left by furniture by placing ice cubes in the dents and letting them melt. Next, use your fingers to rub/fluff the carpet back into place. Vacuum the area and admire the results.

Jill Aaron

Principal designer of Staging Grace Designs, a central Indiana interior design and home staging company based in Kokomo, IN. Jill received a Bachelors degree in Management from Purdue University in 2001, and studied residential design at the Art Institute of Indianapolis in 2008. This led to a career in design as a freelance Redesign Consultant, and her love for interior design and transformation naturally led her to home staging.

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