10 Smart Tips For Savvy Homeowners

Real Estate Agent with Broadwater Properties

10 Smart Tips For Savvy Homeowners


Here are some tips that I give my sellers when listing their house.  It's a mix of domestic wisdom and selling secrets!


  1. Keep candles in the refrigerator for several hours before use to slow down dripping and make them last longer.
  2. Have you tried baby wipes on carpet stains? They work so well you will be wondering why no one told you sooner!
  3. To eliminate strong cooking odors (fish, fried food, bacon, garlic, ect.) heat white vinegar in an uncovered pot on the stove. (Don't boil) Remove after 30 minutes. The light vinegar smell dissipates quickly, taking odors with it.
  4. After your next party, share flat, leftover beer with your garden. Plants love the yeast.
  5. Ants hate anything spicy. Sprinkle ground pepper, cayenne, even cinnamon, in their path, and you'll stop them in their tracks.
  6. Fill nail holes with a paste made from cornstarch and water. Works just as well as putty!
  7. Your chimney will stay clean if you throw a handful of salt on the fire.
  8. When a wooden door or gate sticks, bring out the hair dryer. By blowing hot air directly on the wood where its sticking, you will remove the moisture and the swelling will go down.
  9. Squeaky doors? For a drip less solution, use petroleum jelly on the hinges instead of oil.
  10. Simmer a sliced apple and a couple cinnamon sticks in water on your stove. Your whole house will smell like apple pie. This one is great for open houses!



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Brittney Mathes
EXIT Realty Consultants - Virginia Beach, VA

Thanks for the information, Travis.  Interesting things I never thought of!

Sep 10, 2008 11:22 AM #1
Jimmy McCall
TheHappyCottage.com - Cunningham, TN
The Ex-Mortgage Consultant

Travis,  Nice list.  Ground coffee will also help absorb smells in the home provided you know where the smell is coming from.

Sep 10, 2008 11:28 AM #2
Li Read
Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring) - Salt Spring Island, BC
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Loved your list -- thanks for all those good ideas!

Sep 10, 2008 12:08 PM #3
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