Tips For Keeping Your Patio Furniture Looking Its Best!

Whether you lounge in handcrafted teak Adirondack chairs or pull up your favorite metal frame seat to your vintage glass-top table, patio furniture requires some necessary maintenance. Keeping Your Patio Furniture Looking Its Best!

Here are seven tips for maintaining your patio furniture
and keeping it looking its best!

1. Cover patio furniture when you’re not using it. Sun, wind and rain will eventually take their toll on fabrics, paint and stain. Using a custom cover or all-purpose tarp will help extend the life of your furnishings.

2. Clean it periodically to prevent dirt and debris from dulling the finish. Regardless of the material, the finish will eventually lose its sheen if left unattended. Besides that, you don’t want pollen pants after sitting down on an unkempt chair in the springtime.
For that initial cleaning at the start of patio season, do not be afraid to rent a power washer. You’ll save time and elbow grease by enlisting the help of a power washer in that scrub session.

3. Mildew is not your friend for many reasons. It’s smelly and unsightly and can cause health problems. It is a survivor, though, and will cling to surfaces like gum on the bottom of your shoe. Mildew does not fare well in the presence of vinegar or baking soda. Both readily available agents will eliminate blight on the surface and the interior of cushions. Plus, you can use it to clean umbrellas or other colorful accessories without the adverse effects of bleach.

4. Keep rust under control by addressing the problem as soon as you notice it. If you’re in a humid climate, your metal patio furniture (or components like nails) is susceptible to rust. The brown, flaky stuff is the result of exposure to oxygen and moisture, unavoidable for outdoor furniture. Grab some WD-40 and a wire brush and scrape off the iron oxide before it spreads.

5. Paint is your friend when it comes to maintaining your patio furniture. If your metal table and chairs need a facelift, grab a few cans of spray paint formulated for outdoor use. Refresh the appearance with minimal monetary investment.

6. Water always wins. Even if the fabric or treatment claims to be waterproof, at some point water will penetrate the coating. If at all possible, move furnishings indoors when the season is over. Inside is also the best place to avoid damage from high winds and hail.

7. Table glass looks best when you can see through it. Prevent scratches, residue buildup and other blemishes by grabbing the rubbing alcohol and newspaper. Pour or spray liberally and wipe down with something you can recycle.

Whether you’re planning to list your home for sale or cleaning for house guests, contact me for more ways to keep your home in tiptop shape.

Home Repair Fixes You Can Do In A Weekend

You can take advantage of a number of easy fixes to get your place back in working order without cutting into your time away from work. If you’re short on time, yet your house needs a couple of repairs, it’s easy to set aside a few minutes on a Saturday or Sunday to fix up your home. Here are nine quick 10-minute fixes you can do at home this weekend to revitalize your living space. 
Quick Fixes You Can Do at Home This Weekend

Here are 9 quick 10-minute fixes you can do at home in a weekend

  1. Tighten Leaky Faucets – If you’re looking to get rid of the annoying dripping sound coming from your bathroom, dedicate 10 minutes to stopping water waste at the source using a few replacement parts.
  2. Oil Squeaky Doors – If you’re getting fed up with squeaky doors that creak every time you open or close them, take ten minutes to spray their hinges with WD-40 or rub on petroleum jelly.
  3. Lubricate Sticky Windows – If you’ve been putting up with windows that don’t slide open as easily as they have in the past, grease the skids with lubricant spray to open and close them with ease.
  4. Organize Tangled Cords – If you have one big wad of extension cords in your house, garage or both, take a few minutes on the weekend to separate and organize them with hooks or boxes.
  5. Conceal Floor Scrapes – If you’re feeling discouraged by the scuffs and gouges on your hardwood, tile, linoleum or other flooring, hide them away with stain markers that match the color of your floor.
  6. Clean Smelly Garbage Disposals – If you’re put off by the smell coming from the garbage disposal in your kitchen, clean off food residue and eliminate odors with baking soda and vinegar.
  7. Wash Stained Tubs – If you’ve been tolerating a stained tub for too long, apply a homemade paste made of cream of tartar, baking soda and lemon juice to rub off discoloration.
  8. Freshen Musty Washing Machines – If you’re in the habit of leaving wet clothes in your washer, avoid moisture buildup by leaving the door open between loads and running routine cleansing cycles.
  9. Paste Peeling Wallpaper – If your wallpaper is starting to peel off the wall on the edges, spend 10 minutes sticking the corners back onto the wall with wallpaper paste and a dry cloth.

These nine quick 10-minute fixes you can do at home this weekend revamp your house while enhancing your quality of life. They also help keep your home in tiptop shape if you’re thinking of selling it in the near future.

I would be happy to answer any questions you may have about caring for your household, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Replacing Major Home Appliances, What’s The Expense?

As most homeowners know, replacing major home appliances at some point is inevitable…. Household appliances take a licking over their life span (i.e. your fridge, your dishwasher, etc), and when it’s time to replace them, it can be quite expensive! Here’s approximately how much you can expect to pay for each, depending on the brand and the features.

Replacing a Stove – At Least $500 NewReplacing Major Appliances

Replacing your oven can get a little more complicated than replacing a refrigerator. There are so many different options for oven ranges and stovetop combinations. First, modern stoves in high-end homes have trended toward the stainless-steel variety that gives a contemporary look to home interiors.

But there are so many more possibilities. Some ovens come separate from the stovetop and grill. Burners vary from the old-school grated burners to flat, gourmet-style grill tops. You can buy double ovens and oversized grills and even Wi-Fi-enabled ovens that work with a smartphone.

For standard ovens with none of the bells and whistles, expect to pay a minimum of $500 if you can get a good deal. For a high-end, top-of-the-line stove and oven, expect to pay upwards of $2,000 or $4,000, on average.

Replacing a Fridge – At Least $800 New

Fixing an older fridge typically costs between one and a few hundred dollars. Older models with the freezer box on top are the cheapest, but most people opt for the side-by-side freezer box combination nowadays.

Box-top refrigerators will cost you around $800 to $900 on the low end, and up to over $8,000 for Wi-Fi-enabled and oversized models. The average fridge today costs around $1,500.

Replacing a Dishwasher – At Least $600 New

Dishwashers don’t typically last as long as other major appliances and therefore can be replaced for around $250 to $600 dollars, on average. Even the more expensive stainless steel versions with Wi-Fi-enabled technology will only run you around $1,000.

Replacing a Washer-Dryer – At Least $1,000 New

Lastly, your washer and dryer may need replacing one at a time. It could be that your dryer conks out before your washer, and vice versa. Repairs typically cost a few hundred dollars for either.

To replace an old-fashioned, top-loading washer will cost anywhere from $350 to around $500. For the more modern and efficient front-loading washer, expect to pay between $1,000 and $1,500 just for the washer. Newer models also come with high-tech features that can push costs up even higher.

Dryers are about the same price to replace as washers, with nearly as many options. An older model costs under $500, but fancier, trendy dryers can cost over $1,000.

The trick is to replace items before they completely die and then force you to buy something new quickly. Plan in advance and keep an eye open for sales. If you make a purchase when it’s not urgent, you have a better chance of spending less than you expected.