Tag: maintenance and repair

Roof cleaning? Is it necessary?


Most people do not think about cleaning the roof of their home, when they think about using a Las Vegas Maid Service to do a cleaning job.
As we can see from the Metro-dome collapse in Minneapolis, keeping your roof clean can be a bigggggg deal.

In Las Vegas, pigeons, are a big problem with many housing developments. The waste that the birds leave behind is very acidic, and can lead to leaks in your roofing, causing all types of problems later on. As a Las Vegas Realtor, I have personally seen the damage that can be caused by not keeping your roof clean of this mess.  Many times all that will be needed will be to hose down the roof on a regular basis. 

The best way to deal with the pest problem is by using  a pest control company or Las Vegas Handyman Service to put up pigeon spikes/deterrents.  This will prevent the problem from returning.


Lost receipts? Home Depot can help!!!


Recently our Las Vegas Handyman Service had their truck stolen, from in front of his home! Luckily the police found it later that day, but the thieves took the tools and did some damage. Included in the damage, was a clipboard with receipts from a re-hab job we were completing. Our Las Vegas Maid Services and Handyman Services, spend a good amount at Home Depot, so when the credit card statement came in I went to the store to find out if they could help. Each Home Depot store has a bookkeeperfrom 5 am to 1 pm, they can pull up copies of your receipts off of the credit card used. This is a life saver, in the case of our rehab project alone. Next, I am going to check with the other stores we frequent, good to learn something new everyday.  By the way, this is a good reminder to check your insurance policy, as you never know when a thief will strike.


What lurks behind your shower? Story of the shower pictures on the Handyman Page


If you look at our Las Vegas Handyman page, you will see some new pictures of a shower replacement we coordinated. This was at a home I just purchased for an investment property through my Las Vegas Real Estate broker Fortis Residential Realty. The tub was stained and rusted and the tiles showed discoloration. Upon further inspection, the wallboard had rotted out and had mildew. We started tearing out the wall, and found a leak in the plumbing, maybe for years. Brundy, our plumber contractor, replaced the tub, after demolition (see pics) and installed new plumbing, and a shower surround. Scott Apple finished the walls and our Las Vegas Maid Service spent the day cleaning up.
Many times water will get into the tiles and, watch out, it can be ugly!!!As a realtor I always recommend a home inspection, this is just what you are looking out for.  In this purchase we already knew the cost of the repairs, which figured into the purchase decision.  Check with a licensed inspector before your next purchase.


Appliance delivery-the good/the bad/the ugly!!


As a Las Vegas Realtor, I sell a large amount of properties that do not have appliances. I have found the best service for delivery and pricing to be, Pacific Sales located in Henderson, off of Stephanie. Yesterday, one of my clients bought a Meridian condominium, which needed a washer/dryer. The gave me a 1/2 hour call before coming to the unit and showed up on time. The delivery and install was professional and complete.
Other times I have waited a five hour window, only to have the nameless company not show.
My favorite is when a company shows up with damaged product. Do they think we will not notice?
Appliances are a large investment, definitely shop around for price and service.


No Kitchen=No Financing Available?


I always love it when, as a Las Vegas Real Estate Agent, I come across a home I am showing and it has no kitchen. By this I mean, no cabinets/counter tops/plumbing/or appliances. Basically making the home considered unlivable. Most of these homes are repaired or listed as Cash Only, however once in a while a mistake is made and I show it to a Buyer with financing needed. When dealing with financing, you need an appraisal. With no kitchen, it can be impossible to get the appraisal, and therefore the loan. Buying a home with no kitchen can be profitable if it is below market enough. Some investors look for these homes, as long as after the repair it is still below market for a flip or renal/buy-hold. Our Las Vegas Handyman Service has worked on these homes. With kitchen replacement, patience is necessary!! Delays do happen IE; wrong sink comes in, counter-top is cut incorrectly, cabinet is defective etc.
These homes exist, but make sure you know the costs before purchasing one.


An Interesting Note from a Property Showing Yesterday


Yesterday I was out showing a home for sale to some buyers relocating and we came across an often overlooked inspection item.
This was a beautiful home, in a well kept neighborhood, that the buyers loved. Unfortunately, the home was recessed about 40 ft. lower than the next home, and had a large retaining wall. The wall had visible cracks and blemishes on it, and there were three large palm trees in the upper yard.
The buyers called a friend of theirs who is a structual engineer. The outcome, if the wall failed, other than the damage that could be caused, the repair of the wall would be 30 K+.
My Las Vegas Real Estate Team will be showing new properties to them tomorrow.
Remember to look at the whole house and property before falling in love and making an offer.


Leaky Faucets?


Our Las Vegas Handyman Service recommends repairing leaky faucets at the first sign of trouble. This will save you money on your water bill and the annoyance of the drip….drip….drip….Most can be repaired by a rubber washer, o rings, or seals depending on the faucet. Try your local warehouse store to recommend the correct fitting. When in doubt, call a reliable plumber or handyman.


The Wall Came Tumbling Down


Yesterday we had high winds in Las Vegas. The unsecured wall around the Air Conditioning Equipment at my home fell down. You can imagine how much wind we really had. Our Las Vegas Handyman Service will fix it, but this time we will do it right. For safety and security, use the correct bonding material and support for any structure. Luckily no one was near the wall when it came down, so the only damage was broken cinder blocks. Remember to check your local regulations for permitting!

Las Vegas Handyman Service cleans up big messes



Toilet Clogged?


Have you ever had a clogged a toilet? Our Las Vegas Handyman Service recommends the following, lets assume we tried flushing first;

For your first strategy, if the bowl is not already full, try pouring hot water into it, about a gallon or two. Pour it in as quickly as you can without splashing. This will help break up the stuff in the toilet to help you with plunging later on, and it just might unclog it then and there.

• If that doesn’t do the trick, try pouring in a mixture of one cup baking soda and one cup vinegar into the bowl. This is a strategy used to unclog blocked drains, as well. However, it will not be effective if the bowl is already full.

• Next, if success has still not arrived, try the boiling water and dish soap strategy. Pour about 1/4 cup of dish detergent in the bowl and boil some water in the kettle. When the water is boiling hot, pour it slowly into the bowl without splashing yourself.

• Still no luck? It might be time to try a plunger. Of course, this could also be your first line of defense. Use a good-quality plunger with a flange. The flange is the narrow part of the plunger below the cup. If you’ve got a cheap and flimsy plunger, make it your goal to replace it with a sturdy and high quality plunger as soon as possible.

If you have tried plunging to no avail, consider using a wet/dry vacuum. Just aim the hose down the toilet and turn on the vacuum, when the bowl is empty, flush and repeat. Good chance the vacuum can suck out the clog

Chemical Method If nothing else works, you can try a drain-cleaning chemical. They’re available at most grocery, hardware, and “big box” stores. These chemicals are harsh on the environment, so try to avoid using them if possible. If you suspect that there is a hard obstruction, do not use a chemical solution; use a snake or call a plumber. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions and to use only chemicals that are specifically listed for toilets.  Always be carefull with the chemicals, use gloves and goggles.

Of course if you still cannot unclog the toilet, it may be time to call a reputable plumber or handyman.


Buying a shop vac


This weekend our Las Vegas Housekeeping team needed to buy a new wet/dry vacuum. After staring at the selection and visiting a few stores, we opted for a name brand ten gallon unit with a 5.0 hp motor. Here are a few tips on choosing a model;
1. Most work as vaccums and blowers, what uses do you need it for?
2. The size of the container lets you know how often you will need to empty, remember the larger the container, the heavier it will be wet.
3. Some have wheels, some don’t, we opted for a unit with wheels to make it easier to empty.
4. Look at the attachments that come with it, otherwise you may be purchasing a lot more later.
5. Check for special buys/sales, you may get a lot more for your money that way.


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