Buyers are finally being able to take advantage of cooling trends in previously hot markets. Multiple offers are no longer being thrown at sellers as soon as the For Sale sign hits the front yard. Here's a tip about negotiating the best deal.
Make sure you look at the big picture. In changing markets you should be planning to stay for at least five years, so don't get caught up in a $2,000 price difference. Remember, the goal is to get the house you want to live in for some time, not to impress friends with how you worked the previous owner.
Whether you plan to sell in the near future, or just want to improve the value of your home, here is one low cost improvement you should consider.
Replace bathroom fixtures. Bathroom and kitchen fixtures may work fine over a long period of time, but the finish will corrode and lose its shiny coat. So replacing these knobs will naturally give the bathroom or kitchen a more updated look. A quick fixture change, a new toilet seat and fresh accessories can be all you need to brighten up the bathroom.
Fridge or Freezer won't CoolOne common fridge malfunction is the loss of electricity. If the inside light doesn't come on, check the fridge is plugged in and check the breaker panel. If this doesn't help, try these fixes to restore the chill:
Check thermostat and vents. Has the temperature control dial inside the fridge been turned down? Are the fridge and freezer vents blocked by food containers?
Clean the coils. Air must flow freely through the condenser coils to chill the fridge. Generally, these coils are on the back. Items on top of the fridge or stuffed behind it will reduce the airflow. Newer fridges have coils underneath, and may be blocked or plugged with objects or dust. To keep the fridge efficient, pull off the front grille and clean the coils. Do annually, or each 6 months if you have pets. Buy a long brush for $8 for this job.
Free up the condenser fan. Coils on the back of a fridge create airflow as they heat up. Models with coils underneath have a fan. Dust buildup can slow the fan; trash can stop it altogether.
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