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If you've ever traveled through the United Kingdom, the phrase "mind the gap" conjured up trips across London's Underground or disembodied voices calling out the warning as your elevator doors open or close. It's wise to heed those voices since gaps between an elevator, and the floor of an older building could be wider than you expect, and trains don't touch the sides of the platforms, so you could step off into thin air if you lead with your heel.
Other gaps need mending as well. When it comes to your home, gaps can cause the most lost to energy efficiency.
- Door gaps. If your exterior doors do not line up in the frame, you’ll have gaps around the door and jamb that allow cold air to leak in during the winter, raising your heating bills, and warm air to radiate in during the summer, jacking up your air conditioning bills. Adjust your door so that it fits snugly in the frame. Most modern thresholds and door shoes (the rubber or vinyl cushion on the bottom of the exterior door) can adjust to fill the gaps. If space remains, use weather stripping to fill it in. If the gap is in the jamb or frame, caulk should do the trick.
- Window spaces. Energy efficient windows should not have gaps, so if yours do, contact the manufacturer to see if they are reparable under warranty. Older windows, just like doors, may have crevices due to poor installation, shrinkage, or age-related misalignment. Where gaps are not correctable with weather strip or caulk, consider budgeting to replace them. NOTE: do not seal a bedroom window shut. Bedroom windows must offer egress in case of a fire or other emergency.
- Roof gaps. As the roof gets older, spaces may form from movement in the home's walls and foundation. If your roof leaks, there is a gap someplace, and a professional roofer should be your first call. Leaving a roof leak can damage your entire home and weaken its structure.
- Indoor gaps. One of the most frustrating gaps appearing in the kitchen is one between the stove and the countertop next to it. These gaps become filled with gunk and debris. If yours is a built-in range, close the gap with caulk. If, however, you have a freestanding range, look for countertop extenders or gap-fillers at your local hardware or DIY store or search online for silicone counter gap guards or spill guards.
- Backsplash gaps. If your kitchen or bath backsplash has separated from the countertop, fill the gap with a waterproof caulk immediately. Water running between the counter and the backsplash can cause considerable damage to counters, walls, cabinets, and even subflooring if the water finds its way down the pipes.
If you think you may have energy-leaking gaps in your home, check with your local utility to see if they provide a free energy assessment. Repairing gaps protects your home and maintains your home’s value.
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For those who want to sell a house, it helps to plan ahead as much as possible. By doing so, you can identify potential home selling hurdles and address such problems.
To better understand how to prepare for the house selling journey, let's take a look at three questions that every home seller needs to consider before listing a residence.
1. What is my home worth?
What you originally paid for your house likely is very different from your home's current value. Fortunately, a home appraisal makes it simple to receive an accurate property valuation based on the current condition of your residence and various real estate market factors.
A home appraisal report generally can be prepared in just days. To obtain this report, a home seller will need to hire a property appraiser to analyze his or her residence. Also, a property appraiser will evaluate the current state of the real estate market, the prices of comparable residences that recently sold and other relevant housing market data.
Once you receive a home appraisal report, you can establish a competitive initial asking price for your residence. And with this price in place, you may be able to speed up the home selling journey.
2. Is my home an attractive option?
Think about what sets your house apart from others – you'll be happy you did. Because if you can differentiate your residence from the competition, you may be able to stir up lots of interest in your house as soon as it becomes available.
Oftentimes, it is beneficial to conduct a house inspection prior to listing a home. An inspection enables you to identify any underlying problems with your home. You then can prioritize and complete home repairs based on the inspection results.
You may want to allocate time and resources to bolster your house's curb appeal too. Remember, your home only gets one chance to make a great first impression on prospective buyers. If you enhance your residence's curb appeal, you can boost the likelihood that potential buyers will immediately fall in love with your home.
3. How can I maximize the value of my house?
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to promote a house to buyers. Lucky for you, real estate agents are available who can help you craft a custom home selling strategy.
A real estate agent is a home selling professional who understands what it takes to promote a house to the right groups of buyers. He or she will work with you throughout the home selling journey and do everything possible to ensure you can optimize the value of your house.
Best of all, a real estate agent is an expert home selling resource. And if you ever have concerns or questions as you sell your house, a real estate agent can respond to them at any time.
Want to streamline the home selling process? Hire a real estate agent today, and you can move one step closer to listing and selling your house.
Although your home gym has helped you stay in shape for many years, packing your dumbbells, an elliptical and other exercise equipment prior to moving day may prove to be exhausting. Fortunately, we're here to help you take the guesswork out of packing your exercise equipment.
Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you prepare your exercise equipment for moving day.
1. Handle Your Weights with Care
Weights come in many shapes and sizes, and you should allocate plenty of time and resources to ensure your weights won't move while in transit.
For small weight plates and dumbbells, you can wrap these weights in packing paper and place them in a small box. However, you should try to avoid putting too many weights in a single box.
If you have heavy weights and barbells, you should wrap these weights in packing paper and place them directly on the floor of your moving day vehicle. Secure the weights with rope or straps, and you can keep the weights in place.
2. Take Photographs of Your Exercise Equipment
Let's face it – disassembling an elliptical, treadmill or other exercise equipment can be challenging. Perhaps even worse, putting your exercise equipment back together at your new home may be virtually impossible, particularly for those who struggle to stay organized.
Before you disassemble any exercise equipment, take a photograph of the equipment itself. Capture images of your exercise equipment from all angles, and you'll be better equipped than ever before to properly put this equipment back together once you reach your new address.
Also, keep all screws, bolts and other small exercise equipment parts in a plastic bag. You can attach this bag to the equipment itself to avoid the danger of losing these parts during your move.
Don't forget to keep track of the steps that you follow to disassemble exercise equipment too. That way, you'll know exactly what you'll need to do to quickly reassemble your exercise equipment.
3. Get Help from Family Members and Friends
Exercise equipment can be large, heavy and difficult to move on your own. Thus, you should not hesitate to reach out to family members and friends to help you safely pack and move your exercise equipment from Point A to Point B.
Furthermore, professional moving companies are available to help you transport exercise equipment to your new house. A moving company employs friendly, professionally trained staff members who are happy to help you simplify the process of moving your exercise equipment to any location, at any time.
If you need extra assistance prior to moving day, you may want to contact a real estate agent as well. In addition to helping you buy or sell a residence, a real estate agent can offer expert moving tips, put you in touch with top-rated moving companies in your area and much more.
Get your exercise equipment ready for your upcoming move – use the aforementioned tips, and you should have no trouble packing and moving your exercise equipment to your new house.