Home Repair No-Nos: Repair Tips for Every Homeowner

Are you a first-time homeowner? Have you purchased a new-to-you home? Either way, you have a lot to do. When you’re starting out as a new homeowner, it can be hard to know the right things to do and NOT to do when it comes to home maintenance, cleaning, and general upkeep. Here is some guidance to help you know what not to do.

New Homeowner No-Nos – Inside

Sealants

Needlessly applying sealant to surfaces can permanently discolor stone, concrete, and glass, to name a few. Never use sealant on natural materials like quartz, plastic materials like laminates, or commercial acrylic products such as Formica and Corian. Generally, most materials will not need reapplication of sealants very often. Instead, test surfaces using water to check if it’s time to reseal. For example, if water on a kitchen countertop no longer beads, it may be time to reapply.

Drain Cleaners

Chemical drain cleaners contain active ingredients that can damage plumbing. Drain cleaners may seem like easy, short-term fixes for clogs, but they can lead to long-term, costly problems. And the chemicals in drain cleaners are just plain bad for the earth. Instead, invest your money in a good plunger, a drain snake for tougher clogs, and if those plumbing tools don’t work, call a plumber.

Glass Cleaners

Here’s a little-known consequence to spraying commercial glass cleaner on mirrors:  The liquid can seep into the backing on many types of mirrors, leading to discoloring around the edges of the mirror over time and irreparably damaging the backing. Instead, simply dampen a microfiber cloth with warm water and immediately apply a dry cloth to remove excess water.

Bleach

Bleach is actually damaging to most elements and materials found in use in homes. Do not use bleach to clean sealants on granite and other stone surfaces, vinyl, linoleum, and laminate materials, colored grout, enamel, or acrylic surfaces in a bathtub. Never mix bleach with cleaners that contain ammonia! Doing so produces highly dangerous and toxic vapors. Instead, use a vinegar solution. Nothing is better or healthier for cleaning most surfaces in your home.

New Homeowner No-Nos – In and Out

Caulk

Using the wrong caulk can be damaging. That’s because there is a right caulk for the kitchen, bath, gutters, brick or concrete, mortar, and so on. The wrong caulk won’t adhere, or will breakdown, allowing moisture to seep in, or compromise the surface you’re caulking. Instead, ask your local hardware specialist for advice on buying the right caulk for your project.

Tools

Invest in well-made tools for your new home – a hammer, screwdriver set, ladder, and maybe a mower. Avoid buying inexpensive, knock-off brands even if you’re on a budget – they are not made to last. Instead, for budget-conscious homeowners, visit yard sales and look for used tools from quality brands, or start slow with a basic toolbox and build up your set over time.

New Homeowner No-Nos – Outside

Mulch

For your first landscaping project, do not over-mulch. Too much mulch can suffocate plants and prevent water from reaching roots. Instead, add mulch to no deeper than three inches.

Ivy

It may look charming, but ivy will keep growing. Eventually ivy will spread under a home’s siding or shingles, damage their integrity, and ultimately cost you, either in replacing siding, providing entry points for invading pests, or both! Instead, research how and where to thoughtfully plant ivy. A quick web search can also provide better alternatives for plants to safely grow along the base of your home. Note: Plants need to be placed two feet minimum away from the foundation.

Trees

Planting trees close to a home may look nice when the trees are young, but they grow, too! You need to consider the room that baby tree will need at maturity. Trees planted without thought to full height can grow roots that push up through your driveway, sidewalk, and foundation. Instead, plant each tree according to its height and root spread at full maturity. The Arbor Day Foundation has a handy tree spacing guide to help you ensure adequate clearance from your home, fencing, and so on.

Firewood

Do not store firewood right outside your home against exterior walls, otherwise you will invite termites and other pests into your home. Instead, keep firewood at least twenty feet from your home, or further if your property provides room to do so. Better to take a small hike out to the wood pile than let pests make an easy hike into your new home.

 

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Does Your Home Need a New Coat of Paint?

It’s often during the winter our homes take a beating and we notice it needs a little TLC.  Great time to plan ahead….

Does Your Home Need a New Coat of Paint?

It is amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do to update the look of your home. Not only will new paint look better and increase the value of your home, it will also protect you home and save you from costly repairs down the road. Here are some things to consider before you set out to paint your home.

The Best Time to Paint Outdoors

This really depends on where you live, but you’ll want to paint when temperatures are moderate and the weather isn’t too hot or cold. In some areas, fall is a great time to paint, but in other areas it might be too cold at night. The best temperatures for painting outside are typically between 50 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit, but many new paints will cure in temperatures as low as 35 degrees F.

DIY or Hire a Pro

Even if you’re used to tackling interior painting projects, painting the outside of your house is a big job. When you factor in your time, tools, and material, it might be worth the cost to hire a pro. Here are some things to help you decide:

  • Your house type and features – A one-story ranch house is relatively easy to paint, while a two-story Victorian is a big challenge. Similarly, a house on a hill or slope will be a trickier task.
  • The condition of your exterior – Is there blistering or peeling paint? Do you have siding problems like wood rot? If so, prep work can be up to half the job. Don’t like prep work and just like to paint? Consider hiring a pro to do the prep for you.
  • Tools and materials – Do you need special ladders or scaffolding? A pressure washer or paint sprayer? Price out the cost of renting or purchasing what you need – including paint – and then compare this to the cost of hiring a pro.

When in doubt, get a couple of bids from different painting pros.

What Will it Cost?

Determining what painting your home will cost involves many factors: home size, number of stories, exterior condition, and more. According to homeadvisor.com, the national average cost for hiring a pro to paint a single story house is about $2,800. Angie’s List reports a higher average of $3,700. If you’re doing the job yourself, make sure you factor in the tools and equipment you’ll need to purchase (or rent) as well as the cost of the paint. Good exterior paint can cost from about $30 to $70 per gallon. It’s worth the money to buy good paint, as cheaper paints often mean you have to repaint sooner. If you’re using a painting contractor, make sure you specify the paint you want to use when you get a bid.

Choosing the Right Color

And last, but by no means least, you need to choose the right color for your home. First, consider the style of your home and the character of your neighborhood. You don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb, but you don’t want to look just like every house on the street either. As you’re thinking of possible colors, don’t forget to consider existing colors on or around your home, like the roof, stone, or brick, and landscaping. Also make sure you paint a swatch on the front of your home and look at the color at different times of day. Finally, many paint manufactures have online tools and apps to help you visualize and explore different paint options for your home.

 

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Get Your Fireplace Ready for Winter

There’s nothing quite like the crackling warmth of a fire on a chilly evening. All that comforting coziness, however, eventually adds up to a pile of ashes and soot deposits in your fireplace that needs to be removed. Fires also cause soot and creosote to build up on the walls lining your chimney. Both soot and creosote are flammable and dangerous, and creosote buildup is the leading cause of chimney fires, so it is important to have your chimney periodically cleaned. If you use your fireplace regularly, chimney pros and The National Fire Protection Association suggest having your chimney inspected once per year.

Cleaning Your Fireplace

While cleaning your chimney is typically a job best left to the pros, here are some tips for cleaning your fireplace.

  1. Let it cool. Wait 24-48 hours after your last fire before attempting cleanup.
  2. Use a wet/dry vacuum to easily suck up the ashes. Don’t have a wet/dry vacuum? Try sprinkling cold ashes with used coffee grinds to keep down the dust before you gently scoop and sweep out the fireplace.
  3. To remove soot stains from bricks and stone there are a number of homemade cleaners, all which require a bit of time and scrubbing to work. You can also try a special hearth cleaner. If your fireplace bricks are more than 50 years old, skip the cleansers and just use water.
  4. If regular glass cleaner (or vinegar and water) won’t get heavy soot off fireplace glass, try a special hearth glass cleaner. Don’t mind using a bit more elbow grease? Scrub your fireplace glass with newspaper, water, and a little ash. If stubborn stains remain, you can use a razor blade to scrape the glass clean.

Fireplace Tips

  • To keep the build-up of creosote at a minimum, only burn well-seasoned (dried) firewood. Green wood is not only difficult to start and keep burning, it creates a smoky fire and increases soot and creosote build-up.
  • Sprinkle your fireplace ash on your garden beds and rake into the soil lightly (skip the ash on acid-loving plants like rhododendrons and azaleas). You can also add ash to your compost pile.
  • Schedule chimney cleaning in the spring and you’ll likely get faster (and maybe even cheaper) service.

Tired of the Hassle?

Love a good fire, but tired of the hassle of stacking firewood and cleaning ashes? Consider a gas fireplace insert. Flip a switch and presto! You have instant fire with no work and no smoke. Today’s gas inserts are an efficient, low-maintenance option to warm your house.

 

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Rainy or “Rainy” Day Home Tasks You Can Do in Your PJs

Rainy days often equal lazy days. It’s all too easy to find yourself in your pajamas all day, watching old movies and not getting a thing done. Here are a few things you can check off your home to-do list that you can do without getting out of your PJs. Here’s how to break your cabin-fever funk in each room without breaking a sweat.

1. Kitchen

Clean out the fridge

Can you confidently say you have no expired food or condiments in your fridge? If you haven’t done so in a while, go through your fridge and throw away any expired or spoiled items, or unwanted leftovers. Make a list of what you throw away so you can be sure to pick up those items up next time you’re at the grocery store.

Disinfect the sink

Did you know your kitchen sink usually has more germs than your toilet? There are typically more than 500,000 bacteria per square inch in the drain alone. Use a solution of about 1 tablespoon of bleach mixed with warm water to kill most of the germs lingering. If there is an odor coming from your drain, squeeze lemon juice into it, and then throw the lemon into the disposal and grind away.

2. Bathroom

Fix uneven fixtures

If you have a sagging towel rack or uneven toilet paper holder, now is the time to fix it. Unscrew the fixture and look for the culprit. Most likely it’s a cheap plastic drywall anchor or screw that wasn’t screwed in correctly. A few minutes can fix that eyesore you’ve been looking at since you moved in.

Clean the mirror

If you take a second and look at your bathroom mirror, you may be shocked at what you see. Take a few minutes and some window washing spray to make your mirror shine.

3. Bedroom

Clean out your closet

Who couldn’t use a little more closet space? Instead of looking at a full closet remodel, make a donation bag of clothes you haven’t worn in a while. A great way to easily decipher the clothes you wear from the ones you don’t is to turn all of your hangers backwards. When you wear something from your closet, turn that hanger forwards. After six months, whichever hangers are still backwards are the clothes that you don’t wear. Tada!

Clean out “that” drawer

Everyone has a drawer in their bedroom that they don’t open either because it’s a mess or because it’s so full that it won’t budge. Whether it’s a drawer of junk in your nightstand or an overstuffed dresser drawer, use this rainy day to finally go through it and discard the things you don’t want. If you can’t remember the last time you went through that drawer, throw everything in it away – you obviously haven’t needed anything in there in a while.

Everyone’s home could use a little TLC, whether that is some simple organization or disinfection of overlooked areas. The trick to turning your rainy lazy day into a productive PJ day is to look for the little things around your house that you’ve been putting off for a while and just do them. You’ll feel much better about staying in your pajamas all day if you do.

 

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Winter To-Do Checklist

Winter is quickly approaching and for many of us that means rain here in the Bay Area but our investment properties in Tahoe need anntention.  So do those heavy jackets to deal with freezing temps, wind, snow, and ice. Pull up those rain boots becuase it is important to winterize your home for the months ahead. Use this handy checklist and be ready for whatever old man winter has in store for you. But don’t forget to take time to enjoy the many fun things that make wintertime so special. 

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Quick Home Improvements at Daylight Saving Time

Don’t Forget to Fall Back on Sunday November 3, 2019 for the end of Day Light Savings Time.

“Fall back” time is coming. When it arrives, we, in theory, gain an extra hour of sleep. If you’d like to spend that extra hour doing something other than sleeping, here are seven quick and easy home improvements, each of which you can complete in an hour to instantly add a fresher look to a home. Don’t let that extra hour go to waste!

  • Paint the front door. Some homeowners actually paint their front door seasonally, but you don’t have to go to that extreme. In one hour you could tape off the external-facing side of a front door and add a fresh coat of paint. Adding an eye-catching color can help draw potential buyers to that front door.
  • Add new curtains. New window treatments, particularly curtains, always improve the look of a home’s interior. If you already have the hardware in the right place, you could put up new curtains in every room inside of an hour.
  • Rent a power washer. Using a power washer on an entryway, pathway, or driveway can immediately give the area in front of a home a newer, cleaner look.
  • Add plants. New seasonal plants or flowers placed in front window boxes and porch planters provide a splash of color and a sense of welcome.
  • Install a new faucet. Nothing brightens a kitchen or bathroom sink quite like a shiny new faucet. You can upgrade the hardware for a sink in an hour.
  • Trim a tree. A fresh haircut to trees in the front of a home can instantly spruce up a property. With a pair of loppers and a ladder, you can even out overhanging branches to give them a clean-cut look.
  • Touch up mulching. Applying a new layer of mulch over the old immediately improves the look of a yard at little cost.

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Pre-Holiday Oven and Stove Maintenance

It’s a holiday morning and you get up before everyone else to start cooking in peace. You preheat your oven and start prepping your turkey.  Then, “BEEP, BEEP, BEEP!” Followed by smoke and hastily awoken judgmental in-laws. “How could you have burned something already?” they demand.  Although it’s noon somewhere, it’s too soon to crack open the wine. Luckily, this kind of stress can be easily avoided with a little pre-holiday oven and stove maintenance.

Oven

Determine if your oven door has a tight seal and that its hinges are strong

Loose seals or weak hinges on your oven door can lead to heat loss resulting in foods taking longer to cook or cooking unevenly. To check your oven, make sure it’s off and completely cool.

  1. Open the oven door and locate the gasket that goes around the perimeter. Feel around for any warped, torn, or broken areas. Keep these areas in mind for the next step.
  2. Heat your oven, and then place something that sizzles in the hot oven. Since oven seals are meant to hold in heat and sound, check the perimeter of your oven door paying particular attention to any suspected problem areas you found. If you hear crackling or feel more heat in the problem areas, this may mean your oven’s seal isn’t working well and may need replacement. Finally, push against the door and see if that reduces the heat and sound. If it does, this could indicate that your oven door’s hinges aren’t strong.

Check your oven’s internal light bulbs

If you find that at least one of the bulbs is burnt out, you can remove the bulb to determine replacement type, or refer to your owner’s manual for that information. Most oven bulbs are a universal 40 watt appliance bulb. Note: Do not turn on your oven light if there isn’t a light bulb in there.

Cleaning the inside of your oven

Self-Cleaning Ovens

Self-cleaning ovens work by raising the temperature inside the oven to a very high temperature for about two to four hours. This turns all the debris in the oven to ash. If your oven has a self-cleaning feature, refer to your owner’s manual for instructions. Do not clean the inside of a self-cleaning oven by any other method unless approved by the manufacturer or owners manual. If using the self-cleaning feature, use it a few days before you start your holiday cooking. This process can make your house smell and possibly set of your smoke alarms.

Non-Self-Cleaning Ovens

Most standard oven cleaners will get the job done. A more natural way of cleaning your oven is to use baking soda and vinegar. First, make sure that everything in the oven is removed, including the oven racks. Then, in a bowl, make a paste by combining baking soda and water. Use an abrasive pad to rub the paste all over the inside of the oven. Gently spray vinegar over the pasted surface and allow to fizz. This will loosen the debris, so you can scrub it all away.

Stove

Clean or replace all vent filters over your stove

Metal-mesh grease filters can either be washed by hand with dish soap or can be placed in the dishwasher. If they’re made out of charcoal or paper, they should be replaced.

Clean the knobs

Use a damp rag with a little dish detergent. Replace the knobs if you’re no longer able to read what they say.

Cleaning the cooktop

Make sure you only use cleaning products appropriate for your cooktop material. Use with a soft, slightly moistened washcloth. Do not pour the product directly on the surface. Below are a couple of examples of home remedies: For a glass top stove, spray some white vinegar on a damp washcloth to remove any grease and debris. Then, lightly cover the surface with baking soda. Once that’s done, cover the entire cooktop with a warm damp towel. Let sit for about 15 minutes, then gently scrub removing all the baking soda. You can go over the stove again with the white vinegar for finishing. To clean stove grates and drip pans, use gallon-size plastic zipper storage bags and ammonia. For each bag, fill halfway with ammonia and add one or two grates or one drip pan. Thoroughly seal the bag. Let sit overnight or 8-12 hours. Rinse away the baked-on grime the next day. Whew! Now, you have a beautiful oven and stove that are a lot more likely to perform without incident for the holidays and days to come!

 

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The Caton Team believes, in order to be successful in the San Fransisco | Peninsula | Bay Area | Silicon Valley Real Estate Market we have to think and act differently. We do this by positioning our clients in the strongest light, representing them with the utmost integrity, while strategically maneuvering through negotiations and contracts. Together we make dreams come true.

A mother and daughter-in-law team with over 35 years of combined, local Real Estate experience and knowledge – would’t you like The Caton Team to represent you? Let us know how we can be of service. Contact us any time.

Call | Text | Sabrina 650.799.4333 | Susan 650.796.0654

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