8 Easy Home-Fix Money Savers

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8 Easy Home-Fix Money Savers
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The projects never seem to end for homeowners. Fortunately, there are several common tasks that you can do quickly, easily and cheaply. All it takes is some regular, routine checkups. Prevention is often the best medicine, especially when it comes to maintaining your primary dwelling.

Check Faucets, Shower Heads
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Check Faucets, Shower Heads

Leaky faucet or shower head? When you spring a leak in the kitchen or bathroom, it's probably the washer. These are often easy, quick fixes that are as simple as changing out a washer. Simply unscrew the faucet head, check the washer and replace it if it is worn out.

Replace Air Conditioning/Heating Filters
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Replace Air Conditioning/Heating Filters

Changing out the air filter each month in your central air and heat unit can save money because it helps your unit run more efficiently. Filters designed to last more than a month cost a little more, but can save you time.

Clean Outdoor Gutters
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Clean Outdoor Gutters

Whether your home is one story or two, you'll need a ladder to clean out your gutters. Use an extension pole or shop vac to clear debris. Run water down the spout to make sure that water can flow freely.

Check Safety Equipment
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Check Safety Equipment

Smoke detectors run on batteries, which need to be changed out twice a year. Choose dates that are easy to remember so you don't forget. Check your home extinguishers while you're at it.

Remove Dents In Wood
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Remove Dents In Wood

Inevitably, someone will bump that coffee table or special piece of furniture. For a quick fix, try ironing it out; using an iron set to high (without steam), place a damp cotton dishtowel folded in quarters over the spot and hold the hot iron over it for a few seconds. Wipe with furniture polish. Repeat the process if dent still appears.

Clean, Inspect Fireplace
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Clean, Inspect Fireplace

Your chimney, or fireplace flue, can get grimy and full of gunk. Inspect it from top to bottom, and have the flue checked and professionally cleaned annually. It's also important to check the mortar for cracks.

Fix Peeling Wallpaper
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Fix Peeling Wallpaper

Sagging wallpaper is an eyesore that is easy to fix with a tube of wallpaper seam repair adhesive. Spread a layer of adhesive on the wall or the paper, and press it into position.

Unsqueak Squeaky Doors
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Unsqueak Squeaky Doors

Get rid of that annoying screech every time the door opens. Close the door, remove the door pins from the hinges, scrub them clean, apply a small amount of petroleum jelly to the pins and hinges, and replace. They won't squeak again.

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