FOLSOM, PA, Mar 09, 2014—While a house doesn't come with an owner's manual, there are several things you can do to stay on top of, and ahead of, your home. Knowing how to handle small maintenance fixes will save you stress and money,” says Lisa Pecora & Louise Marchetti, Louise Marchetti & Lisa Pecora Team of Visit Our Website. Save your dollars for when it's really time to call in a professional. In order to feel confident handling simple maintenance tasks, read through the following tips and tricks.:
1. Open the garage door when the power is out. Need to leave the house in a power outage? Pull on that red cord dangling from the ceiling-mounted operator. “This disengages the chain drive, allowing you to manually slide the door up its track,” explains Louise Marchetti.
2. Remove the base of a broken light bulb. Accidentally break a lightbulb while it's still screwed into your lamp? No need to panic, as long as you have a potato in the pantry. Take a raw potato, cut it in half, and press the sliced end onto the jagged glass. Then, simply unscrew. This is also a great party trick.
3. Learn how to locate a stud. Trying to hang a heavy mirror? Nothing is worse than ripping a hole in your drywall. Many people know how to rap on walls to locate a stud. But there is a systematical approach, as well. “The majority of studs are placed at 16-inch intervals, so once you knuckle one out, you can usually find the others,” explains Louise Marchetti.
4. Remedy a seized lock. Can't jiggle your keys in the door any longer? Don't worry - your spouse didn't change the locks. Chances are, your lock is seized. Instead of calling a locksmith who will hand you a hefty bill, head to the drug store and arm yourself with WD-40. “Spray some into the lock to get the gears moving again,” suggests Louise Marchetti.
5. Unclog a sink. No, not with a chemical pour, which really only burns a hole in the blockage. To really clear out a block, you need to clear out the mechanism. To do so, remove the stopper and block off overflow holes. Then, notes Louise Marchetti, run water into the sink and as the water runs, plunge the hole with a plunger. Not enough? Get yourself a hand snake and push the coil down the drain to clear out the block.
Know when to hire a handyman. You can only DIY so often. “Know when it's time to bring in the professionals – anything involving electricity or wiring is usually a good time for the real deal,” says Louise Marchetti.
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There's No Place Like Home! Louise is a native and lifelong resident of Philadelphia, while Lisa is a lifelong resident of Delaware county. We know the area and can help you find your dream home, or sell your current home! Both are members of the National Association of REALTORS, PA Association of REALTORS and Suburban West REALTORS Association and REBAC. We have both taken courses and earned the ABR designation ~ Accredited Buyers Representative. Lisa has also completed the ePro designation and At Home With Diversity. We truly enjoy what we do and love the opportunity to help others make their dreams come true! The most important part of our business of course is YOU the customer/client. We work for you and will work hard to get you from where you are to where you want to be. When not working on real estate we both enjoy spending time with family, spending time at the shore and on the beach, watching the Phillies and reading.