How to Fix Basic Damage Before Moving
If you’ve lived in a home for some time, there’s likely to be some damage done to the property. If you choose to leave it as is when moving out, you risk getting a lower valuation if you’re selling or losing your security deposit if you’re a renter. Luckily, there are some DIY repair tips you can use to fix damages around the house before moving out.
Simple Damage DIY Quick Fix Tips Before Moving
Fixing Holes in the Walls
When taking down photos and wall art from your wall, you’ll probably notice several holes left by nails, screws, and tacks.
For small holes, you’ll need to apply some spackle to them with a putty knife. Once the spackle dries, use sandpaper to sand it down until you get a smooth surface.
Fixing large holes is a little more complicated. You’ll have to fill out the large hole with a plaster patch or mesh repair patch then cover it with spackle. Once it’s dry, sand it down.
Cleaning Scuff Marks Off the Walls
Scuff marks result from the color from your stained or painted furniture transferring onto the wall.
Moisten a magic eraser with water then squeeze it out thoroughly to prevent excess moisture from dripping down the wall. Rub it over the affected area with some pressure until you remove the marks completely. Dry the area with a clean, soft towel.
If you can’t get a magic eraser, you can use an all-purpose cleaner. Spray it onto the scuffed area and scrub using a soft cloth. After cleaning, you can choose to rinse the area to remove dirty residues. Make sure you use a soft cloth moistened with clean water. After rinsing, dry the area with a towel or allow it to air dry.
Removing Carpet Stains
Before moving, you should check the carpet for stains. Try applying baking soda, ammonia, acetone, or rubbing alcohol to the stains. If none of them is strong enough to get rid of the stains, it’s best to rent a heavy-duty carpet cleaner.
Fixing Scratched Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floors can be prone to scratches. These can be caused by pets, children, heavy traffic, and movement of heavy objects.
You can easily fix most scratches with wood filler and sandpaper. First, apply fine, thin wool over the scratch, making sure you’re going along the wood grain. Next, apply wood filler into the scratch. The wood filler should be premixed and match the floor color. Once it dries off, sand excess filler using lightweight sandpaper. Finish by sealing the area with a varnish that matches your floor color.
Fixing Scratched Ceramic Floor Tiles
You can easily fix light scratches on your ceramic tiles. Start by cleaning the scratches with a sponge that has been dipped in a mixture of warm water and dishwashing liquid. Wait for the scratches to dry then rub a small amount of toothpaste, brass polisher, or vinegar into them with a soft cloth. Apply car wax over the scratches to seal them.
These tips will help you leave a great impression and stay on good terms with your landlord or potential buyers.
When you have it all fixed and you’re ready to move, contact Movers N Shakers.
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