As we live in and enjoy our homes, we tend to overlook things that need repair over time: broken tiles, scratches and dents, food stains on kitchen countertops.
If you are considering putting your home on the market – or are simply in the mood to tackle some of these jobs – Pillar to Post Home Inspectors offers a few simple DIY projects:
Cracked tiles: Tiles break easily when something heavy is dropped on them. The good news is that it isn’t a huge task to replace these eyesores. Simply remove the grout surrounding the broken tile and mask the tiles that border it with tape. Then chisel out the broken tile, place the new tile in that spot, outline it with fresh grout and wait for the grout to dry.
Scratches and dings: Scratched and dented woodwork is a big turnoff for buyers – not to mention an annoyance to those who live in the home. Rub minor scratches with mineral oil. Then lightly sand the spot and seal with polyurethane. Deeper scratches that have destroyed the finish can been filled in with a furniture repair stick of the same color, then sealed with polyurethane.
Worn-looking laminate or Corian counters: There’s nothing that dates a kitchen more than tired-looking counters. If you have laminate counters, you can use a repair pen or paste of the same color to camouflage scratches. (Gently sand the spot smooth once it’s dry.) For food stains, apply a paste of baking soda and water over the stain. Let it sit for a few hours before wiping it off. Minor scratches on Corian can often be removed with a mild abrasive liquid cleaner or damp sponge.
Get more DIY tips at RE/MAX of Cherry Creek’s blog.
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