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7 Home Tips to Make Maintenance Easier

These tricks make tackling prickly household chores easier. Here are seven home hacks to take a bit of the drudgery out of your honey-do list:

#1 Tuck Chalk in Your Toolbox to Stop Rust

You can keep the metal tools and hardware in your toolbox rust-free with blackboard chalk. How so? Chalk is a moisture-sucking material that traps dampness. When you place several pieces throughout your toolbox, its porous nature will protect items prone to rusting. 

Bonus tip: Got a musty closet? Fill up a small muslin or cheesecloth bag with chalk and then hang it inside. It will absorb the dampness and stinky odor.

#2 Spray Your Mower's Blades to Keep Clippings From Sticking

If you have a lawn, mowing is one of those must-do drudgeries. Fortunately, cooking spray can make the chore problem-free. When applied to a mower's undercarriage and blades, it can help prevent grass clippings from sticking. 

Bonus tip: You can prevent ice from building up in your freezer with cooking spray. Just spray a thick layer over spots prone to icing, and let it sit for five minutes. Afterward, use a towel to wipe up the oil.

#3 Toss in a Tennis Ball to Clean Your Pool Water

Suntan lotions, moisturizers, and body oils will leave a greasy slick on pool water. To clean, toss in a fresh tennis ball. Its fuzzy surface will soak up the oils your guests left behind.

Bonus tip: A tennis ball will buff scuff marks off floors....

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Should You Renovate Before Selling?

If you want to sell your home for a good price within a short period of time, you need to make sure that your home is as attractive as possible to potential home buyers. This means arranging for repairs as well as renovations in order to fix your home's most glaring flaws, each of which can be a significant obstacle in the home selling process. Furthermore, it is worth noting that choosing the right renovations can raise your home's value on the local real estate market by more than what you spent, particularly if you are careful with your choices.

How Can You Choose the Right Renovations?

Here are some suggestions if you want to make sure that your renovations get you the best returns:
Since the kitchen is a popular area of the home, you want to make sure that it looks as presentable as possible. Although you want to avoid anything that is too expensive, too extensive, and too time-consuming, you should at least make sure that it gets the cosmetic renovations it needs to look good. Common examples range from a new coat of paint to more expensive measures such as replacing the countertops and the flooring. If you have cash to spare, you can even consider replacing old and worn-out appliances with their energy-efficient counterparts since forward-looking home buyers love energy efficiency.

Similarly, since your bathroom will also be seeing a lot of use, you should consider giving it some cosmetic renovations as well. At a minimum, you want to make...

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