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The Joys of Buying an Older Home

My dream home was not new construction in a planned community. It was a rambling old structure in a neighborhood that was beginning to recover after years of decline. I got the place for a song and started in on all the tasks associated with restoring it to new glory. I soon found there was a lot to do. While the house was sound, it needed to be fumigated after several years of standing vacant. All the tile needed replacing, and the floors cried out for refinishing. Little by little, I got the place ready for me to move in. Today, I like to think it is the nicest home on the block. If you are thinking of buying a fixer-upper, try my tips. From redoing the wallpaper to choosing the right pest control service, what I learned will save you a lot of time and trouble.

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How To Move Appliances Without Damaging Them

Moving your household appliances can be a risky business. There are a lot of things that can go wrong during the moving process if you aren't careful. You should follow the advice here when preparing and moving your appliances, so you don't risk them getting damaged.

Remove inside shelves of the refrigerator

Don't try to move your refrigerator without securing the inside shelves. They can become jostled during the moving process and break. This is especially true if your refrigerator has glass shelves. Take them out one by one, wrap them in towels or bubble wrap to protect them and place them in the bottom of the refrigerator.

Protect knobs and handles

The knobs and handles of appliances such as refrigerators, stoves and even washers and driers can get lost or broken during the moving process. If something bumps up against them, they can come off and the post that holds them on can even get bent if there is enough force. A good way to prevent an occurrence like this one from happening is to remove all knobs, put them in plastic baggies and tape them to the inside of the appliance. Handles should be unscrewed and also taped in place if they protrude out enough to catch onto things and get damaged.

Protect the exterior of the appliances

Since your appliances are bulky and need to be moved with appliance dollies, they can be easily scratched or dinged during the moving process. So, you should cover them with moving blankets before putting them on the dolly and keep the blankets on them while they are in storage. If you don't have enough moving blankets to spare, then you can protect them by taping cardboard to the sides and tops of the appliances.

Don't put your appliances on their sides

Most appliances should never be put on their sides, even if it's only for a short amount of time. This means you want to be careful to move them in the dolly in as upright of a position as possible and set them upright in the moving truck, as well as in the storage unit.

By making sure you are very careful with your appliances when you move them, you can prevent them from getting damaged. This means you can expect them to work just as they did when you packed them up once you go to plug them in and use them again. Contact a company like Arnie's Dependable Appliance Repair for more information.