Last Minute Fixes, Part 2

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Whether you are selling your home or selling a real estate investment property, things happen. Knowing how to fix these surprising problems will help you stay calm at your next property showing and sell your home fast.

Stuck and Sticky Drawers

Almost every home has problems with sticking drawers. Of course, no one notices them until it’s too late. If too much paint has built up on the side of the drawer, heat the area with a heat gun and use a putty knife to lift off the soft paint. If your drawers are rubbing on the sides, sand them down with 60 grit sandpaper. Wooden drawer glides sometimes become misaligned causing wood on wood friction. Rubbing paraffin wax, old candles, or bar soap on the glides makes them run smoothly. Wax can lubricate any wood surface that rubs against another.

Removing Melted Candle Wax

There are two ways to get rid of wax drippings, the hot method and the cold method. Heat liquefies wax, and a hairdryer is perfect for heating without damaging surfaces.  Heating the wax and blot with paper towels. Keep heating a blotting until you can no longer see the wax. Sometimes the wax works its way into the pores of the surface. Try using a paper towel with alcohol on it to blot the surface with. It may help to remove the color from the wax. If you can’t see the color, you are less likely to notice the any residual wax.

An alternate to the heat method is the cold method.  The cold method uses ice or frozen foods to make the wax cold and brittle. Then, a spatula or other flat tool can be used to chip away the wax. Neither method is better than the other. If one isn’t working, try the other.

Repair Hollow Core Door Holes

Hollow core door holes are easy to fix. First, cut around the hole edge with a utility knife to create a bevel edge. Next, fill the hole with crumpled paper. Then, spray low expansion, aerosol foam insulation into the hole until the hole is completely and firmly filled. Once the insulation is dry, use a sharp knife to trim off the excess. Next, mix up a small amount of two-part auto body filler, also known as polyester resin. Use a putty knife to apply the filler on top of the filled hole. After 3 to 4 minutes, trim back the excess. Once it has dried, use 100 grit sand paper to sand smooth the patch. Next, apply a very light coat of spackle slightly larger than the patch. Once it has dried slightly sand it, and paint the area a color to match the rest of the door.

It sounds complicated, but the entire process is completed in under hour.

Before you let your uh-oh’s interfere with your property’s showing, try one or two of these quick fixes to turn your property into a “buy me now!”

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