Home Improvement Tips: Quick Hardware Fixes

Weichert Realtors
January 9, 2014

Nothing makes a home look old like loose, broken, outdated or dirty hardware.

This is especially true in kitchens and bathrooms that tend to attract a potential homebuyer’s attention. The good news is that it’s easy and inexpensive to fix these problems. A few simple changes can significantly impact the look of your home. Consider the following quick fixes to give your home a new, refreshed look:

  • Cabinet Hardware: Repair loose knobs and pulls by tightening screws, replacing stripped screws, and plugging gaps with wood filler. Alternately, you may decide to replace knobs and pulls entirely. There is a wide variety of options to choose from in every price range, and from simple to ornate.
  • Door Hinges: It’s common to find paint on door hinges, yet it’s an easy mistake to correct. Paint can be removed by washing it with hot, soapy water and scrubbing with a toothbrush. Afterward, use a paint stripper that is safe for all surfaces and then shine things up with brass polish.
  • Door Knobs: Door knobs are everywhere in your home! Be sure that they are all tightly attached and sparkly clean to make a great impression. Use polish for brass knobs and warm water and dish soap for stainless steel and glass knobs.
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