Quick Fixes

These days everyone has a hectic schedule.  Between work, family, household chores, and social functions it can be hard to get everything done.  Those small tasks around the house can easily get pushed to the bottom of your to-do list.  Believe it or not, most of them can be done in under an hour!

Don’t procrastinate, take one hour and start checking these items off your list.

Hardware Update – Give your kitchen a new look by replacing those drab door handles and drawer pulls.  All you need is a screwdriver.  (If you’re adding knobs for the first time, create a template to ensure you drill your holes in the same spot each time)quick fixes blog

Time to De-grime – Fire up the power washer and give your home’s exterior, sidewalks, and driveway a good cleaning.  It can be used to clean gutters and siding, even 2nd floor windows.  (Make sure all windows are securely closed before you begin)  It will also remove stains left on walkways from leaves and mildew.

Clothes Dryer Duct – Built-up lint can cause your dryer to work less efficiently and is also a fire hazard.  Move the dryer away from the wall and unplug it.  Use your vacuum to remove lint from the wall duct and the dryer itself.

Freshen up – Pick a bold paint color to use on just one wall in a room.  Covering only one wall costs less and takes less time than painting the entire room!

Furnace Filter – This will improve the air quality in your home as well as the furnace’s efficiency.  This should be done at least once every three months and is a cinch to replace.  A simple swap of the new for the old and you’re done.

Build raised flowerbed/garden – Yes, you can actually do this in an hour.  Basically, all you need is a saw, a drill, 8’ sections of pressure treated lumber, screws, construction adhesive, landscape fabric, rubble, and soil.  Cut lumber to size and secure them together, add landscape fabric to the base to prevent weed growth, add a layer of rubble for drainage, and fill with fertilized soil.  Happy gardening!

Fix a Faucet – Tired of a leaky faucet?  If you can wield a wrench, you can install a new faucet.  Turn off your water supply before you begin.  Unscrew connections to your old faucet and screw in the new one. (More detailed instructions should be included with your new hardware)  Adding an aerator at the same time can help lower your water bill.

Weather-stripping – Replace worn weather-stripping in under an hour.  Look around windows and doors for worn pieces that need replaced.  Taking the time to do this now will help save you money on heating and cooling later.

 Hopefully these suggestions have shown you all that can be accomplished with just a little bit of time!

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