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5 unbelievably simple DIY home fixes

Use these 5 brilliant do-it-yourself home repair tricks to make a dent in your housing to-do list.

1. Stop a toilet from running. Unhook the flapper chain from the plunger arm and slide a plastic drinking straw over the chain. Cut it to size if necessary and reattach. You'll never hear that tank running again.

2. Remove carpet dents left by furniture. Dampen furniture dents with a wet rag, apply eat with a blow dryer and coax the fibers back into place using the lip of a spoon. Let dry and epeat as necessary until those divots are gone.

3. Keep that cupboard door closed. Pick up a magnetic cupboard latch; most come with screws already. Use a power drill to screw the magnet to the edge of the cupboard opening and the plate to the matching corner of the cupboard door.

4. Get your showerhead running like new. Tame those wild or weak streams from the showerhead with white vinegar and water. Mix equal parts in a large plastic freezer bag and attach it to the shower pipe with a sturdy rubber band. Remove and check the flow every 20 minutes. You don't even have to remove the head!

5. Breathe new life into old wood. Pick up a package of wood stain markers in assorted shades and transform your door jambs, baseboards, bannisters, furniture and more. Start a shade lighter and go darker if needed and watch scratches and scrapes vanish.

Smart house

Does your home do enough for you? Consider these upgrades to make your house smarter:

Automated home security system - Arm and disarm your home security system remotely from your smart device or computer. Access security cameras, keep tabs on who enters with personalized access codes and receive notifications each time the system is turned on or off -- and by whom.

Video doorbell - With a video doorbell, you can screen or even video chat with visitors before you answer the door. When you're not home, the video doorbell can be set to take the picture of anyone who rings your doorbell when you're away.

Automated smart lock - From your smart device, you can check to make sure you've locked the door, allow for remote entry by guests or unlock your door as you pull up.

Automated garage door opener - Open and close your garage door with your smart device.

Remote heating and AC controls - Access your heating and AC controls from your smart device to turn on your heater or AC, and have the house comfortable when you arrive home from work or vacation.

Smart lighting - Set your lights to gradually illuminate in the morning. Adjust the quality of lighting to set the mood or simply configure your lighting needs to automatically turn on and off at set times.

Remote irrigation control - Turn the irrigation system on or off with your smart device when you're on vacation, or adjust it remotely on those unexpected rainy days.

Automated gardening assistant - As an extension to your remote irrigation control, an automated gardening assistant incorporates sensors in your garden that send you updates on soil humidity, air temperature, pH and more.

And if you're ready to upgrade to a new house, give us a call!




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