Welcome to our First Edition!

Transforming Houses into Homes

Welcome to the very first issue of The Handy Homeowner newsletter!

Whether you're someone who loves fixing up things around the house or you're just starting to learn about home improvement, this newsletter is here to help you out.

You'll find cool DIY project ideas, easy tips for keeping your home in tip-top shape, recommendations for handy products, and some wallet-friendly solutions.

Get ready to make your house feel more like home with our helpful tips and tricks!

We hope you enjoy reading!

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Home Improvements: Which Projects Give you the Best Increase in Property Value?

If you're considering home improvements and aiming to get the best return on investment, here are the ones that can significantly increase your property's value.

  1. Kitchen Remodel: Updating the kitchen can have a significant impact on property value. This often involves replacing outdated appliances, installing new countertops and cabinets, updating lighting fixtures, and improving the layout for better functionality.

  2. Bathroom Remodel: Similar to the kitchen, renovating bathrooms can yield a high return on investment. Upgrades may include installing new fixtures, replacing old tiles, upgrading the vanity and sink, and improving ventilation.

  3. Adding a Deck or Patio: Outdoor living spaces are highly desirable for many homeowners. Adding a deck or patio can increase usable square footage, provide a space for entertaining, and enhance the overall appeal of the property.

  4. Energy-Efficient Upgrades: Improving the home's energy efficiency not only reduces utility costs but also adds value. Upgrades such as installing new windows, upgrading insulation, replacing old HVAC systems with more efficient ones, and adding solar panels can all increase property value.

  5. Curb Appeal Enhancements: First impressions matter, so investing in curb appeal can significantly boost property value. This may include landscaping improvements, exterior painting, replacing the front door, updating the garage door, and repairing any visible defects or damage to the exterior of the home.

Investing in key home improvement projects like kitchen and bathroom remodels, adding outdoor living spaces, making energy-efficient upgrades, and enhancing curb appeal can greatly increase your property's value, providing a smart return on investment.

DIY Project Ideas: Update House Numbers

Updating your house numbers is a subtle yet effective way to enhance your home’s exterior. By swapping out dated numbers with modern designs that complement your home’s style, you can instantly improve its curb appeal.

This simple project requires minimal tools and can be easily completed in an afternoon. It makes an ideal home improvement project for any homeowner.

Clogged Toilet? 3 Unusual Ways To Quickly Clear It, No Plunger Needed! 

Have you ever had a clogged toilet? Most homeowners experience this at least once in their lifetime, and it can be a frustrating situation. Fortunately, there are easy ways to quickly clear a clogged toilet without having to use a plunger. We’ll show you three unbelievable methods that will help get the job done no sweat, and no mess.

  • Baking soda and vinegar are two ingredients that can be used to clear clogged toilets without a plunger. Baking soda is a natural cleaner and deodorizer, while vinegar is a powerful acid that can break down clogs. To clear a clogged toilet using baking soda and vinegar, pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into the toilet and then pour 1/2 cup of vinegar over the top. Let the mixture sit for about an hour, and then flush the toilet. If the clog has not been cleared, repeat the process.

  • Another way to clear a clogged toilet without a plunger is by using hot water. Pour a pot of hot water into the toilet and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Then flush the toilet. If the clog has not been cleared, repeat the process. Do NOT use boiling water as it can crack a porcelain toilet.

  • Finally, you can clear a clogged toilet without a plunger by using dish soap. Pour 1/4 cup of dish soap into the toilet and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Then flush the toilet. If the clog has not been cleared, repeat the process.

If the previous methods don't do the trick, you might need to use a plunger. Just place the plunger over the drain and push and pull until the clog clears. Another option is to use a snake: insert it into the drain and maneuver it until the blockage is removed. If all these fail you may need to call a plumber.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or feedback, please don't hesitate to reach out, we want to hear from you. We're here to support you on your journey to becoming a savvy and capable homeowner.

Thank you

Ron Henderson, CMI
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