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5 Maintenance Skills Every Homeowner Should Know

In Curb appeal, Home Buying, Home buying in West Houston, Home Improvement, Home Maintenance, Home Selling, Home Values, Houston Real Estate, Investment, Texas, West Houston Real Estate, West Houston REALTOR Connie Vallone on September 22, 2016 at 12:42 pm

Maintaining a home, especially an older one, can be expensive—in fact, experts say homeowners should be prepared to spend roughly 1 percent of their home’s value every year on maintenance.

The good news is, you can save on maintenance by completing simple tasks yourself. According to the experts at Underwriters, Inc. these include:

Cleaning the Gutters – To prevent costly damage to your home’s foundation, landscaping and siding, remove debris and leaves from the gutters at least twice a year. Don’t forget gloves and eye protection!

 Open Garage Doors Manually – Don’t call a garage technician the next time your power’s out—simply locate the (usually red) cord, suspended from the ceiling-mounted operator, in your garage, and pull it to disconnect the cord from the motor.

 Removing Stripped Screws – Avoid causing more damage when screws slip from a screwdriver. Place a rubber band or piece of steel wool over the screw and then try to remove it—if that method fails, use a screw extractor.

 Repairing a Leaky Faucet – Leaks can cost hundreds in wasted water. Before you call a plumber, try DIY-ing by shutting off the main water supply, removing the faucet’s knobs, and checking the washers, stems and O-rings for signs of damage. Take these pieces to the hardware store to find exact replacements.

 Stop a Running Toilet – Another plumber job you can do yourself! Remove the lid to the tank behind the toilet, and check the flush lever, rubber flapper, lift chain, float ball, pump and overflow tube. A running toilet usually requires just a simple adjustment or replacement to fix.

If you can master these essential homeowner skills, you’ll not only save money on maintenance, but also the expense of more costly fixes in the future.

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NEW LEASE LISTING! 20262 Telegraph Square Lane, Katy, TX 77449 – MLS# 97882814

In Home Buying, Home buying in West Houston, Houston Real Estate, Relocate to Houston, Relocate to Texas, West Houston Real Estate, West Houston REALTOR Connie Vallone on September 16, 2016 at 8:07 am

NEW LEASE LISTING! 20262 Telegraph Square Lane, Katy, TX 77449 – MLS# 97882814

20262 Telegraph Square LnNicely updated open floor plan. Step into big living room with high vaulted ceiling that opens to dining area and beautiful kitchen with stainless steel appliances and a gas range for the chef in the house. Two big glass doors bring in plenty of light and lead to covered patio and nice big shady backyard. Spacious master retreat! Wood laminate and tile throughout! Washer, dryer and refrigerator are included. Subdivision offers play area and pool. Convenient and VERY close to I-10. Agent/Owner.

HAR Link: http://www.har.com/20262-telegraph-square-lane/rent_97882814

Do you have real estate questions?   Contact Connie Vallone at (713) 249-4177 or connie@knowsrealestate.com or visit www.houstonenergycorridorhomes.com  or www.vallonehomes.com.

10 Stress-Less Tips for a Move

In Buying a new home, Home Buying, Home buying in West Houston, Home Selling, Houston Real Estate, Investment, Relocate to Houston, Relocate to Texas, Sellers, West Houston Real Estate, West Houston REALTOR Connie Vallone on September 15, 2016 at 11:14 am

Moving is an exciting time, but can also be overwhelming. Take the stress out of the process with these tips, courtesy of Penske Truck Rental:

1. Prepare to pack. Save time by ordering moving supplies, such as boxes, bubble wrap, labels and tape in advance online.

2. Purge. Less is more when it comes to moving. Donate, sell or toss items that you no longer use, rather than pack them.

3. Reserve a truck early. Reserve a moving truck at least two weeks ahead of your move. Allow 150 cubic feet of truck space for each fully-furnished.

4. Pack smart. Start the packing process by boxing up out-of-season and non-essential items. Leave a box open, if necessary—it’s easier to tape a box shut on moving day than it is to pack it at the last minute.

5. Label well. Labeling can save you hours of unpacking. Begin by labeling each box with the room it belongs in, followed by details about the contents, such as “fragile.” (Bonus Tip: Keep boxes from the same room grouped together on the truck.)

6. Transfer services. Contact your service and utility providers to discontinue cable, gas, electricity, refuse collection and water. Schedule the cut-off for a day or two after your move, in case there is a delay due to unforeseen circumstances.

7. Pick up the truck the night before. Pick up your truck rental the evening before the move to save time on moving day. Get familiarized with the vehicle and verify the best driving directions to your new home.

8. Start early. Depart early in the morning to avoid traffic and allow extra time to unload at your new home.

9. Drive wise. Moving trucks require more distance to stop. Be aware of low-hanging tree branches and building overhangs. Park only in well-lit areas, and keep the rear door padlocked and the passenger compartment doors locked.

10. Keep important items on-hand. Pack a road trip bag to keep your phone, paperwork, credit cards, identification, a set of clothes, beverages and snacks close at hand while you drive.

Source: Penske Truck Rental (PenskeTruckRental.com)

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