home maintenance tips

Home improvement tasks for June (from Weather.com)

Home improvement tasks for June (from Weather.com):

1. Clean and seal decks. Ideally, you’ll need three consecutive warm, sunny days. On day one, dry out the deck. Apply deck cleaner and scrub the deck on the second day and let it dry 24 hours. On the third day, apply deck sealer.

2. Hire a certified chimney sweep to inspect and clean chimneys. Doing this task now instead of the fall allows plenty of time for repairs before the next heating season. It’s also easier to schedule a sweep.

3. Wash the exterior of your house, using ordinary garden hose pressure and a mild detergent. Beware of the pressure washers — they are powerful enough to force water under the siding where it may encourage mildew and rot.

4. Caulk exterior joints around window and doors.

5. Clean lint from the entire clothes dryer vent system, from the dryer to the exterior vent cap.

6. Inspect and repair or repaint all patio and deck furniture.

7. Check operation of attic fans and roof-mounted turbine vents.

Alternative Uses for Steel Wool

Today’s Tip: Alternative Uses for Steel Wool

If a screw is too loose, stuff some steel wool into the hole and then replace the screw. The steel wool will give the screw threads a new surface to grip and the screw will stay nice and tight.

Push steel wool into gaps around the foundation of your house, and around pipes and vents. Critters like mice and squirrels can’t chew through the steel wool so it will keep them outside where they belong.

Steel wool is also perfect for removing the gloss layer from paint and stain finishes when you want to prime, so you don’t need to sand the entire piece.

Do It Yourself Weed Killer

DIY weed killer. 3 gallons for around $4.00. Supposedly works as good as the store bought stuff, but I haven’t tried it yet. If anyone does this, let me know the results!

1 gallon apple cider vinegar
1/2 c table salt
1 tsp. Dawn
Mix and pour into a spray bottle and start spraying.

Home tip: how to locate a stud

Locate a Stud

Start at a corner, where there’s always a stud. Or take the cover plate off an electrical outlet and find out on which side it’s mounted to the stud. From there, measure 16, 32, 48 inches, and you should hit a stud at each go. Eliminate all guesswork by using a thin bit to drill a test hole at the top of the base molding, which you can easily repair with a dab of caulk.

It is our goal to provide you helpful information every other week to allow you to easily, efficiently and cost effectively enjoy your home.

If there are ever ANY questions about maintaining your home, feel free to call me directly. We are afterall, “Your property consultants for life”

SWF Home Inspections, Inc




home tips: homemade magic eraser

Homemade Magic Eraser

1/2 tsp. of Borax
1 tsp of Baking Soda
1/2 cup of hot water

1. Place the 1/2 tsp. of Borax in a shallow bowl. Then pour the hot water on top and mix with a fork, spoon or whisk until dissolved.

2. Add the 1 tsp. of baking soda and mix until all powder is dissolved and the water is nearly clear in color.

3. Using a sponge, start cleaning away!

Found on www.thethriftycouple.com

home organization tips for Florida homeowners

9 Quick Tips for Keeping Your Home Feeling Serene and Organized:

1. Be wary of bargains, sales, hand-me-downs and give-away. Do you really need this thing? Or love it? Beware: because of the “endowment effect,” we value things more once we own them. Once that thing enters your home, it will be tough to get it out again.

2. Never label anything “Miscellaneous.”

3. Remember: most decisions don’t require extensive research. Aim to be a satificer, not a maximizer.

4. Don’t let yourself fall into “empty.” Keep cash in the house. Keep gas in your tank. Keep an extra roll of toilet paper squirreled away. Keep your phone charged.

5. Don’t keep excessive amounts of anything. Those glass vases that come from florists. Those ketchup packets that come with take-out food. A house with two adults probably doesn’t need fifteen mismatched souvenir coffee cups.

6. Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Lower the bar. Actually spending ten minutes clearing off one shelf is better than fantasizing about spending a weekend cleaning out the basement.

7. Clean while you cook (literally and metaphorically).

8. Put things away in a specific place. It’s much easier to find things later, and it’s oddly satisfying to slot things into their precise places. “Ah, this particular basket on this shelf is the place for the AAA batteries.”

9. Make your bed. I know it sounds trivial, but it’s a bigger happiness booster than you’d expect.

Tip of the day: Get Knobby

Get Knobby:
There are a lot of suggestions for great ways to update the kitchen on a budget, but to name one project that makes every top-five list, it would be changing out the door and drawer pulls and other decorative hardware. It’s a small, almost purely cosmetic alteration that won’t take more than an hour to do, but adding decorative knobs is surprisingly eye-catching, and a good way to help visually unify and update the kitchen.

It is our goal to help Florida homeowners by providing you helpful information to allow you to easily, efficiently and cost effectively enjoy your Florida home.

If there are ever ANY questions about maintaining your home, feel free to call me directly. We are afterall, “Your property consultants for life”

SWF Home Inspections, Inc

Providing home inspection services to clients throughout SW Florida including Sarasota, Venice, Nokomis, Osprey, Bradenton, North Port, Englewood, Port Charlotte, Punta Gorda, Boca Grande, Arcadia, and surrounding communities.