Investing Wisely

Eight Investment Tips from the Real Estate Pros

Keep location, contractor talent, and size foremost in mind when you buy investment property.

wise investingI dug into my archives and found an article written about twenty years ago that still applies to today’s investors. The article was first written by Marlwym Evans.

  1. Pay for good talent to do your renovations. Your property is no place for someone to learn how to hold a hammer.–Marianne McDonough, GRI, Marianne McDonough and Associates, Williamstown, Mass. Investor since 1976.
  1. Buy in the best location you can afford. If the area turns around, you may be able to make more money in a lesser location, but it’s a lot more work and you increase your risks that the area may deteriorate.–Dick Royer, Kohr, Royer Griffith, Inc. Columbus, Ohio. Investor since 1962.
  1. Buy small and stay small. Stick with the small units, and don’t go overboard on the upgrades or your properties won’t be affordable for tenants.–A. Grant Noble III, Keller Williams, Houston. Investor since 1992.
  1. Look at a building not for what it is, but for what it can be. If you take a contrarian view of possible uses, you can sometimes find a bargain no one else recognizes.–Glenn M. Gardner, Prudential Gertrude Gardner REALTORS®, NewOrleans. Investor since 1972.
  1. Don’t get hung up by the cap rate. The money coming in and the money going out, along with the depreciation, are the items to focus on.–Dave Osborn, AAAAA Realty &Investment, Colorado Springs, Colo. Investor since 1982.
  1. Consider buying a building to house your brokerage office or business. You can generate income by renting out extra space until you need it for expansion and benefit from the property’s long-term appreciation.–Hal Kahn, Kahn REALTORS® Better Homes and Gardens, Newburgh, N.Y. Investor since 1970.
  1. Wise Real Estate InvestingEnlist a cadre of repair people you can count on so you can get the property market-ready fast when a tenant moves out. Every day the property is vacant costs you money.–June Feltman, Ebby Halliday Real Estate, Dallas. Investor since 1974.
  1. Don’t buy the unique property. Choose houses that will appeal to the average family so you will always be able to sell easily if you need an escape hatch.–Bob Ward, HUNTERS, the Professionals, Terrigal, New South Wales. Investor since 1995.

I would also like to add a few other tips I’ve learned along the way.

Don’t buy just to flip. Buy to keep for your retirement income. Let the rents help pay for your retirement.

Keep your credit clean and buy other investment properties while you are still young and employed. If you can afford to buy several properties and keep them rented, your tenants will be helping you pay your taxes, insurance and mortgage payments. By the time you retire, they will be paid off and provide you a nice monthly income. In most cases, your properties will also have appreciated in value.

If you are looking for a good Realtor who can help you with your investment needs, look no further. I’ve been helping investors buy property for the past 23 years! Just give me a call and know that NOW is an excellent time to start because prices and interest rates are very attractive and affordable.

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IMPORTANT: If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling a home in the Palm Desert Area, try searching properties on the same Desert Area MLS Realtor’s use, or give me a call….or visit my website at Palm Springs Homes and Estates. I will be happy to give you or your referral my red carpet service.” After the sale, I will send you a $50 Gift Certificate towards dinner in a fabulous Palm Springs Area Restaurant so you can celebrate!

Nancy Hankin, Palm Springs Real Estate Agent
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I Didn’t Know That…Did You?

By Nancy Hankin
www.PalmSpringsHomesandEstates.com

HeadacheTo all the men out there, these tips are for your favorite gal. To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of cool, salted water. If it sinks, it is fresh-if it rises to the surface, throw it away.

Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.

Don’t throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.

If you have problem opening jars: Try using latex dishwashing gloves. They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy, or use a nut cracker.

Potatoes will take food stains off your fingers. Just slice and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with water.

To get rid of itch from mosquito bite: try applying soap on the area for instant relief.

Ants, ants, ants everywhere … Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line. So get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march- see for yourself.

Use air-freshener to clean mirrors: It does a good job and better still, it leaves a lovely smell to the shine.

When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle. Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, then pull it off. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.

NOW Look what you can do with Alka Seltzer: Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush, and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous china.

Clean thermosClean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets.

Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka-Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes.
Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka-Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary).
Unclog a drain. Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka-Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar Wait a few minutes, then run the hot water.
Do you have any helpful tips to pass on to our readers. Just write your comments below. You can also forward these to your friends and family. Many of these helpful tips I was not aware of. Were you?

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Nancy Hankin, Palm Springs Real Estate Agent
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ARE YOU LOOKING IN THE WRONG PLACE?

By Nancy Hankin
www.PalmSpringsHomesandEstates.com

Palm Springs Real Estate

When you want to look up properties in the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), what website do you access these on?  Are you aware that many of the homes found on Zillow, Realtor.com Truila, etc. KEEP old listings that are no longer available in their database?

  • Are you aware none of these companies are Realtors?

They are Lead Generating Companies who are forcing Realtors to BUY BACK their own listings. Realtors have been FORCED to pay billions of dollars each year to receive inquiries, because these companies are called LEAD GENERATING COMPANIES. They are NOT Realtors!

Several years ago my son searched on Realtor.com for ACTIVE homes for sale in his city. He choose (10) homes to look at. Eight out of the ten homes had either been sold or expired many months beforehand. Well, that was a fun day running around town only to find out these homes were NOT ACTIVELY for sale!

Perhaps the next time you want to search for real estate that is ACTIVELY ON THE MARKET, you might consider contacting a Realtor DIRECTLY. If you are interested in homes in the Palm Springs Desert Area you’ll want to click here to get all the up-to-date ACTIVE Listings and then you can contact me, Nancy Hankin, a real live Realtor…….NOT a Lead Generating company who SELLS your inquiries to agents, many who do not have buyers of their own to work with.

Think about it this way….have you ever had to contact a doctor, but you first contacted a doctor’s lead generating company who are not doctors, and these companies then charged doctors if they wanted to see you? Of course not, but that’s exactly what is happening in real estate….and as long as you keep contacting these Lead Generating Companies who are charging Realtors a fortune to obtain their own listings, this insanity won’t stop.

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IMPORTANT: If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling a home in the Palm Desert Area, try searching properties on the same Desert Area MLS Realtor’s use, or give me a call….or visit my website at Palm Springs Homes and Estates. I will be happy to give you or your referral my red carpet service.” After the sale, I will send you a $50 Gift Certificate towards dinner in a fabulous Palm Springs Area Restaurant so you can celebrate!

Nancy Hankin, Palm Springs Real Estate Agent
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Come On In Stranger

Open House Safety firstWould you allow strangers to come into your home, walk through every room, and peek into your medicine cabinets, closets and drawers? Sure you would if you allow agents do to OPEN HOMES. An Open House allows strangers to roam around on their own through your home. Yet thousands of Open Houses are held each week, and YOU are allowing it to happen. Why?

Since the early days of real estate, Open Houses have been popular ways for AGENTS to capture BUYERS. It’s common knowledge in our industry that less than 2% of the homes sell directly through an Open House, but it’s always been an excellent way for Realtors to find Buyers!

Today, we have the Internet to help expose your home to the marketplace. More than 90% of the buyers are now SHOPPING the INTERNET before they contact a Realtor, yet a few of these “buyers” are also “casing the joint” as they used to say, from the comfort of their own homes….so it is very important when you have pictures of your home on the Internet, that you do not show them your expensive art pieces, wine collection, or anything of great value.

Our world today is a lot different than the world many of us grew up in when it was safe to keep your doors unlocked or your car keys in your car. Those days are gone forever! Today, SAFETY and SECURITY should be your # 1 concern when selling your home.

Home safety, protect valuablesHere are a few suggestions when putting your home on the market.

  1. Never allow a stranger into your home without a Realtor. If someone knocks on your door wanting to see the house, give them the name and telephone number of your Realtor. Usually this information is on the sign advertising your home for sale.
  2. Keep all valuables OUT OF SIGHT. Keep medicines in a plastic bag hidden safely away. You’d be amazed how many drug addicts visit Open Houses and they head right for the bathroom! Today it’s hard to tell the addicts apart from the beautiful housewife who’s addicted to narcotics.
  3. Do not leave extra house keys lying around. Theses should be well out of sight.
  4. Do not leave your Flash Drives out in the open. You may have copied valuable data from your computer to your Flash Drive that you do not want others to have access to.

Basically, just use common sense and don’t leave anything out in the open of value when your home is on the market. When inviting strangers into your home, don’t make you or your valuables a tempting target!

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IMPORTANT: If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling a home in the Palm Desert Area, try searching properties on the same Desert Area MLS Realtor’s use, or give me a call….or visit my website at Palm Springs Homes and Estates. I will be happy to give you or your referral my red carpet service.” After the sale, I will send you a $50 Gift Certificate towards dinner in a fabulous Palm Springs Area Restaurant so you can celebrate!

Nancy Hankin, Palm Springs Real Estate Agent
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Stay, Move or Remodel?

By Nancy Hankin
www.PalmSpringsHomesandEstates.com

Decisions about homeownershipHow many times do you ask yourself, Should I or Shouldn’t I stay here, move to a different house, or remodel? I’ve been working with clients helping them buy and sell their homes since 1992 and I often get a call asking me this same question.

Buying, Selling and Renovating are all large decisions to make, and only YOU can really answer that question, but while you are sorting things out in your head, try putting the Pros and Cons ON PAPER and ITEMIZE them SEPARATELY: Stay. Move. Remodel.

When you begin the task of sorting each of these out ask yourself:

SHALL I STAY?

Will I be happy staying here in this home, in this neighborhood, and in this city? WHY would I want to move? What am I looking for in another home that I don’t have here?

SHALL I MOVE?

Have I outgrown this home and do I need a larger home? Or is this home too big and do I spend all my time taking care of it? Would a smaller home “free up my time” so I could enjoy doing things more to my liking? Would moving bring me to a better place? Some people move to be closer to their children. I do NOT recommend that. What happens if you move, and they get transferred elsewhere? Now you are in an area you may not be happy Homeownershipin, and you left an area where all your friends were? If you are thinking of moving, move where YOU will be happy!

SHALL I REMODEL MY EXISTING HOME?

I like my home, I like the location, but I would like to update my home so it would be more pleasing to me and my family, and it would add more value when it is time to sell.

Deciding what you want and how to go about obtaining it, is the most important and first thing to do in your decision making process. That’s why sorting through all the pros and cons of Stay-Move-Remodel are so important. And don’t make the mistake of asking all your friends for advice. Their life experiences, wants and needs are NOT yours. This will only confuse you further, and you will never be happy making YOUR decision based on THEIR wants and needs.

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IMPORTANT: If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling a home in the Palm Desert Area, try searching properties on the same Desert Area MLS Realtor’s use, or give me a call….or visit my website at Palm Springs Homes and Estates. I will be happy to give you or your referral my red carpet service.” After the sale, I will send you a $50 Gift Certificate towards dinner in a fabulous Palm Springs Area Restaurant so you can celebrate!

Nancy Hankin, Palm Springs Real Estate Agent
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Is Your Toilet Whistling at You?

By Nancy Hankin
www.PalmSpringsHomesandEstates.com

Whistling ToiletThis morning at 5:15 am I awoke to a loud whistling sound coming from my bathroom. I tried covering my ears so I could sleep for another hour, but this high-pitched screeching only got louder, so I got up and went into the bathroom to investigate where this terrible noise was coming from. Being the investigator I am, I located the culprit coming from the back of my toilet. As I stood there wondering what to do next, I decided it might be wise to remove the top off the tank.

After removing the top off the tank, I stood looking at all the weird things inside the tank. Now what? I started jigging a few of these strange items, and soon the whistling stopped. Had I just saved myself a $75 service call? I was elated. I fixed the toilet!

I decided to try flushing the toilet, now that I had practically earned a degree in plumbing. It flushed, there was no whistle, but I also discovered another problem. The water would not re-fill in the tank. I wiggled and jiggled some more of the items in the tank, and soon the water began to fill the tank…with NO whistle!

I am now walking around the house with my “fingers crossed,” hoping my repair job will hold up so I am not forced to call a plumber. As a precaution, I Googled “Whistling Toilets” on the Internet and found out others had experienced this same problem, so I am sending you a step-by-step instruction I found on the Internet about WHISTLING TOILETS. You might want to print it out, lay it on the top of your toilet tank, so you will be prepared when your toilet starts to whistle in the wee early hours of the morning. Here is what it said to do:

•    PlumbingWhistling sounds in a plumbing system are usually caused when water flows through a
restricted supply line. This can occur at the shut-off valve at the wall below the tank or at the
fill valve inside the tank.
•    First check the supply, make sure that shut-off valve is fully open. Then take off the tank
cover.
•    Flush the toilet and listen to each of these valves to locate the noise.
•    You may feel a vibration when you touch the valve. If you can locate the source, work on
that valve.
•    Debris, rust, or mineral deposits caught in small passageways restrict water flow and can
cause noise, thus remove them.
•    If the noise seems to be coming from the shut-off valve, open and close it several times.
•    This may clear debris. Leave the valve open. Flush again. If the whistle remains, you may
need to dismantle this valve and look for obstructions.
•    If you suspect that the noise comes from the fill valve inside the tank, check for obstructions.
•    In the tank, dismantle the top of the fill valve where the float arm is attached.
•    Clean and re-assemble it (it may provide the solution) .
•    Wear Gloves
•    If needed wear eye goggles

I guess now I can add PLUMBER to my list of accreditations.

Nancy Hankin: Associate Broker, CRS, SRES, e-Pro and PLUMBER!

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Nancy Hankin, Palm Springs Real Estate Agent
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Where Can I Put All This Stuff?

By Nancy Hankin
www.PalmSpringsHomesandEstates.com

Palm Springs StorageI moved to the beautiful Palm Springs, California desert in 1992 and I LOVE it here, but I did discover one small teeny weeny problem. Where to store all my STUFF?

In Wisconsin, where I moved from, we had wonderful storage in Attics and Basements. When we had no idea where to put something, we just put it in one of these two places and it was out of sight and did not clutter up the main part of the house, but that is not the case now. In our area, we have NO attics or basements, and this created a problem when I first moved here…but I have since learned how to store STUFF in other places!

Here are a few things I have learned about Storing Stuff:

1.    Build cabinets with shelving in the garage, or add overhead storage bins. The garage is a great place to store things like luggage, seasonal bedding, holiday wrapping paper and ribbons. You can store pots and pans or items like mixers that you only use occasionally.  You can store your turkey roasting pan and extra (just in case you’ll ever need them someday) food storage containers in the garage as well. Add large hooks on the garage walls to store items you can hang stuff. I love my garage storage area and so does my STUFF.
2.    Do you have a second refrigerator you can put in the garage? You’ll be amazed what you can store in there.
3.    Under the bed storage is also a wonderful place to store things you don’t need every day. No one will see it, and you are the only one who knows you have “treasures” hidden under your bed.
4.    Closets are another place to store things. Build shelving high above the clothes and store a few things there as well.
5.    Build a bookcase in a bedroom, wide hallway or den with shelving above. The cabinet under the shelving makes a great storage area for hiding your STUFF!
Palm Springs Storage solutions6.    Stop buying books and start reading e-books. I fought this idea for years, then finally caved into the idea and now I love reading e-books when I have time (which seems to be seldom).
7.    If you have a corner cabinet in your kitchen, are you aware there is a lot of wasted storage space here? A handyman or cabinet person can easily build you a lazy-susan piece in this area and you can store lots of STUFF there as well. I have a kitchen corner area with two bar stools. I realized how much dead-space I had in this area. I had it opened up, and now I have a great place to store items I don’t use every day. I have an attractive door with handle on it that matches my kitchen cabinets, so it looks like part of the kitchen.
8.    Here’s another novel idea. Start throwing STUFF you have not used in the past five years away! What are you saving these things for? They are just cluttering up your house and this can clutter up your thought process as well. Get Rid of Them…..NOW! Stop hoarding.

I could go on and on, but to save time and space, I’ll stop here and let you Google “How to find storage space in your home.” Guaranteed, you’ll find plenty of great ways to STORE and HIDE all YOUR STUFF!

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Nancy Hankin, Palm Springs Real Estate Agent
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I Could Kick Myself

By Nancy Hankin
www.PalmSpringsHomesandEstates.com

Home buying or selling decisionHave you ever pondered over doing something, then hesitated because you were fearful of going ahead, then “kicked yourself” because you lost out on a good deal….and now it was too late? It’s something we have all done, so you’re not unique in the “hesitation department.”

Buying and selling a home can be a major decision, so it is not unusual to give this a lot of thought and consideration. It may be one of the largest decisions you’ll ever make, so you don’t want to make a hasty decision…..one you’ll regret later on. On the other hand, if you dwell on this for too long, it could cost you a lot more money later on. So “what to do” should be considered, but not to the point you are stuck and can’t make a decision at all.

In the Palm Springs Desert Area where my clients buy and sell homes, there are several things to consider.

1)    WHY are you considering a purchase or a sale at this time?
2)    Are you thinking ahead of retirement, and wanting to buy NOW, while prices and interest rates are still very attractive?
3)    Are you thinking of buying now and using it as a rental, then using it yourself after you retire?
4)    Are you sick and tired of cold, snowy winter weather, and want to enjoy sunshine all winter long in your retirement years?
5)    Are you an avid golfer, tennis player, hiker or shopper? This is definitely the place to be!
6)    If you live in Orange, San Diego or Los Angeles county, do you want to enjoy a weekend vacation home just a short two hour drive away?
7)    Have you out-grown your existing home, and now that grandchildren are on the way, you want to purchase a home so your family can visit you oftener?
8)    Do you want to scale down the size of your “summer home” and buy a “winter home” so you can enjoy the best of two worlds?
9)    Do you want to continue to RENT a winter home in Paradise, helping your landlord enjoy their investment, or do you want to purchase an INVESTMENT property yourself?
10)    Are you aware NOT making a decision IS making a decision? Are you sure this was a wise one”

Home buying or selling decisionsThis list goes on and on, but the important thing is NOT to get stuck making a decision, because you may lose the opportunity of a lifetime if you wait until our market and interest rates move upward as they have always done in the past. When that happens you’ll “kick yourself” for not being able to make a decision….and your regrets will cost you “out of pocket” a lot more….had you made a wise decision earlier.

I’ve been helping clients buy and sell homes since 1992, and many of my clients have referred me to others, because I don’t PUSH my clients. I wait until they are ready, but I WILL ask them a lot of questions. I do this to HELP them come to a decision…..in hopes they won’t regret not being able to making any decision…one way or another!

So pick up that phone and give me a call. Let’s talk about your wants, needs and concerns. I’m here to help any way I can. Perhaps I can help you get off the “I can’t make a decision” mat, and help you work through your decision making process.

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IMPORTANT: If you or someone you know is interested in buying or selling a home in the Palm Desert Area, try searching properties on the same Desert Area MLS Realtor’s use, or give me a call….or visit my website at Palm Springs Homes and Estates. I will be happy to give you or your referral my red carpet service.” After the sale, I will send you a $50 Gift Certificate towards dinner in a fabulous Palm Springs Area Restaurant so you can celebrate!

Nancy Hankin, Palm Springs Real Estate Agent
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The Story of the Fourth of July

4th of July2015The Declaration of Independence

We celebrate American Independence Day on the Fourth of July every year. We think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.

  • But July 4, 1776 wasn’t the day that the Continental Congress decided to declare independence (they did that on July 2, 1776).
  • It wasn’t the day we started the American Revolution either (that had happened back in April 1775).
  • And it wasn’t the day Thomas Jefferson wrote the first draft of the Declaration of Independence (that was in June 1776). Or the date on which the Declaration was delivered to Great Britain (that didn’t happen until November 1776). Or the date it was signed (that was August 2, 1776).

So what did happen on July 4, 1776?

The Continental Congress approved the final wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. They’d been working on it for a couple of days after the draft was submitted on July 2nd and finally agreed on all of the edits and changes.

July 4, 1776, became the date that was included on the Declaration of Independence, and the fancy handwritten copy that was signed in August (the copy now displayed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.) It’s also the date that was printed on the Dunlap Broadsides, the original printed copies of the Declaration that were circulated throughout the new nation. So when people thought of the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776 was the date they remembered.

4th of JulyIn contrast, we celebrate Constitution Day on September 17th of each year, the anniversary of the date the Constitution was signed, not the anniversary of the date it was approved. If we’d followed this same approach for the Declaration of Independence we’d being celebrating Independence Day on August 2nd of each year, the day the Declaration of Independence was signed!

Now that you have that “Little bit of History,” under your belt, go out and celebrate this day with ice cream, flags waving and parades down Main Street. Light up those BBQ grills and invite the neighbors over. Perhaps you can play a little Independence Day Trivia! And when the day is over and fireworks lights the sky, be thankful for all you have living in this wonderful nation where you are allowed free speech and the ability to express your opinions….because there are a lot of places in the world you can’t do that.

Happy 4th of July to all.

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Nancy Hankin, Palm Springs Real Estate Agent
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What Is That Stuff?

By Nancy Hankin
www.PalmSpringsHomesandEstates.com

Palm Springs Hard Water

The other day I noticed the water coming from the bathroom faucet was not coming out in a nice steady stream. It was spraying here, there and everywhere. I had my bathroom remodeled about seven years ago and never really thought about removing the nozzle (that’s the name I gave it because it was better than calling it a (Thing-a-Ma Jig).  I bet you never knew if you searched on Google on the Internet, that you will find plenty of shops that sell Thing a Ma Jigs! I was amazed too!

Now getting back to the Thing a Ma Jig nozzle like piece that water comes out of. I decided to take a peek and carefully remove it from the faucet so I could see what was causing the water to splay out from the nozzle. Well….it did not come off so easily. I twisted and turned it with all my might, and after a half hour of exhausting work, it finally came off.

Oh boy…what a mess! There was hard white stuff all over this piece. I Googled again and learned that this was a calcium deposit that builds up over time when it is not regularly cleaned. I guess I had not cleaned it for seven years. I went to the store, got Lime-Away and proceeded to take all the thing a ma jigs off all the faucets in the house and let them soak overnight.

The instructions said to wear rubber gloves to I would not get the Lime-Away on my hands. I put on thick rubber gloves and removed each piece and started scrubbing with all my might using an old toothbrush. Some came off, and other areas needed a little extra help. I took a rag and placed a flathead screwdriver in the rag and used this to remove the areas that were harder to clean. I learned later that I could have used vinegar aPalm Springs Home Upkeepnd water to do the same thing.

I now had clean nozzle-like things that I could easily screw back onto the faucet? Mission accomplished! I also made a note to do this once every year so I could maintain a good steady stream for each faucet throughout the year. In the meantime, I also learned on Google the importance of running a shower and flushing a toilet every few weeks, even if you don’t normally use them because they might be in a guest room that gets seldom used. Calcium can build up anywhere and everywhere there is water, so it is important to keep that water flowing nice and steady throughout the year.

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