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Posted by Todd Alperin on 9/20/2020

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Some home maintenance projects definitely require a professional. But given just how fast homeownership costs can add up, it's nice to know that other home projects are DIY for the average person. 

Replacing your toilet fill valve and the flapper is one such project. 

The toilet is one of the few items in our homes that hasn't changed much in the past couple hundred years. What does that mean for you? 

For the most part, basic mechanical principles make it work. And the great news is, if the toilet looks okay cosmetically, then replacing these mechanisms basically gives you a toilet that will function as if brand new. 

Let's get started.

What you'll need

  • An XL bucket that can hold about three to five gallons. It needs to fit under the back of your toilet.
  • Crescent adjustable wrenches
  • Rags
  • Replacement parts (fill valve, flapper and/or gasket). *Pro tip* Just look inside your toilet to see what kind of valve it uses. 

    Aside from the replacement parts, we'll bet you have most of these things at home. Replace all or some of these parts using this guide. It's up to you.

    Step one: Empty the tank

    Start by turning off the water using the knob behind your toilet. This keeps the tank from re-filling as you empty it.

    Flush the toilet. This will empty the tank partway. Don't miss this step or there will be way more water in the tank than the bucket can hold.

    Now, place your bucket behind the toilet, and carefully remove the hose from the tank but not the wall. Direct the water into the bucket.

    *Pro tip* If you have a larger than average tank, then you might have more water in it than you can fit into the bucket. Don't freak out it if it fills fast. Just place your thumb over the hole to stop the flow. Empty the bucket into one of the following:

  • Shower
  • Bath
  • Sink
  • Toilet bowl
  • Step two: remove the flapper & gasket

    The flapper simply sits on top of the hole in the bottom of the tank. Simply dislodge the hinge of the flapper and pull it out of the tank.

    Now, remove the gasket under the tank. Just unscrew the tank from the bowl. Lift the bowl carefully and set it on the floor. Remove the gasket by hand. You can then remove the valve by unscrewing it.

    *Pro tip*:  If the nut and bolt are on extra tight, you'll need one wrench to hold the nut under the tank while you unscrew from the inside. 

    Step three: replace the gasket & flapper

    Simply screw the new gasket on. Be careful not to over-tighten and strip the grooves or you'll have a more significant repair job on your hands.

    Screw the tank back onto the bowl, and then install your new valve with the lock nut, which will be under the tank. Place the flexible tube into the tanks overflow pipe.

    Now, snap the new flapper in place and that's it. Use the rags to clean up any water that spilled. Fill up your tank and go. 

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    Posted by Todd Alperin on 9/18/2020

    Nice 1 bedroom with one level of living in sought after Hunters Run Condominiums. The bedroom is very spacious and has an extra large walk-in closet. The kitchen is fully applianced. The large living room has a slider that leads to a private balcony. There is in unit laundry and the washer and dryer were new in 2018. New hot water tank in 2018. Central Air. The building has an elevator. Assigned parking. Enjoy the association swimming pool and tennis court. Fantastic location with shopping, restaurants, gym and highway all nearby. Great commuter location. Low condo fee. Take advantage of today's low interest rates and check out this wonderful condo.

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    Posted by Todd Alperin on 9/17/2020


    87 Hunters Run Place, Haverhill, MA 01832

    Condo

    $175,000
    Price

    3
    Rooms
    1
    Beds
    1
    Baths
    Nice 1 bedroom with one level of living in sought after Hunters Run Condominiums. The bedroom is very spacious and has an extra large walk-in closet. The kitchen is fully applianced. The large living room has a slider that leads to a private balcony. There is in unit laundry and the washer and dryer were new in 2018. New hot water tank in 2018. Central Air. The building has an elevator. Assigned parking. Enjoy the association swimming pool and tennis court. Fantastic location with shopping, restaurants, gym and highway all nearby. Great commuter location. Low condo fee. Take advantage of today's low interest rates and check out this wonderful condo.
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    Posted by Todd Alperin on 9/13/2020

    Looking to buy a house in the near future? If your answer is "Yes," you may want to start reviewing housing market data. That way, you can gain the insights that you need to make data-driven decisions throughout the homebuying journey.

    Ultimately, there are many housing market data that you'll want to assess as you prepare to buy a house, such as:

    1. Mortgage Interest Rates

    Mortgage interest rates fluctuate constantly. As such, if mortgage interest rates are low, you may want to move quickly to capitalize on them.

    Meeting with banks and credit unions generally is a great idea if you plan to buy a house. These financial institutions can keep you up to date about mortgage interest rates and help you get pre-approved for a mortgage. Then, once you have a mortgage in hand, you'll be ready to pursue your dream house.

    2. Average Amount of Time That a House Stays on the Real Estate Market

    Differentiating between a buyer's market and a seller's market often can be difficult. Fortunately, if you examine the average amount of time that houses are listed in your city or town, you may be able to determine whether you're preparing to enter a buyer's or seller's market.

    In a buyer's market, houses may be listed for many weeks or months before they sell. Also, these houses may be sold below their initial asking prices.

    Comparatively, in a seller's market, homes may be available for only days before they sell. Homes that are available in a seller's market may be sold at or above their initial asking prices as well.

    3. Prices of Houses in Various Cities and Towns

    If you're open to living in a variety of cities or towns, you'll want to evaluate the prices of houses in many areas. That way, you can narrow your house search accordingly.

    Oftentimes, homes in big cities are more expensive than those in small towns. On the other hand, big cities may provide quick, easy access to a broad range of attractions and landmarks that you simply won't find in small towns.

    If you are ready to check out housing market data and begin a home search, it pays to hire a real estate agent too. In fact, with a real estate agent at your side, you should have no trouble enjoying a quick, seamless homebuying experience.

    A real estate agent is happy to provide you with a wealth of housing market data. Plus, a real estate agent will teach you the ins and outs of buying a house. He or she also will keep you up to date about new houses as they become available and negotiate with a seller's agent on your behalf to ensure you can acquire a terrific house at a fair price.

    When it comes to buying a house, it helps to be informed. If you assess the aforementioned data, you can obtain comprehensive real estate market insights to help you throughout the homebuying journey.




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    Posted by Todd Alperin on 9/6/2020

    For those who want to sell a house as quickly as possible, it often helps to think about what will happen after you list your residence. That way, you can plan ahead for the home selling journey and minimize the risk of potential roadblocks that otherwise may prevent you from achieving your property selling goals.

    Ultimately, there are many questions for a seller to consider before listing a house. These include:

    1. What makes my home unique?

    No two houses are exactly alike, yet differentiating one home from another in a competitive real estate market may prove to be difficult. Fortunately, a seller who understands a residence's strengths and weaknesses can determine what makes his or her house unique. This seller then can develop a strategy to promote his or her residence to the right groups of prospective buyers.

    Sometimes, it is beneficial to conduct a home inspection prior to listing a residence. With an inspection report in hand, a seller can analyze a house's strengths and weaknesses. This seller next can use the inspection report to prioritize home upgrades and find innovative ways to differentiate his or her residence from the competition.

    2. How much is my home worth?

    What you originally paid for your home is unlikely to match your residence's current value, regardless of when you bought your house. Thankfully, you can conduct a home appraisal to receive an accurate property valuation.

    A home appraisal frequently helps a seller establish a competitive initial asking price for his or her house. After a home appraisal, it takes only a few days for a seller to receive an appraisal report. And once this report becomes available, a seller can use it to set an aggressive price for his or her house something that may help this residence generate lots of interest from potential buyers.

    3. Do I need to hire a real estate agent?

    Hiring a real estate agent may be crucial, particularly for a seller who is uncertain about how to navigate the property selling journey. A real estate agent will help a seller develop a plan to quickly sell his or her house. Plus, a real estate agent will do whatever it takes to help a seller optimize his or her home sale earnings.

    In addition, a real estate agent wants to help a home seller make informed decisions. He or she will educate a seller about the local housing market and ensure this individual understands all aspects of the home selling journey. And if a seller ever has concerns or questions during the home selling process, a real estate agent can provide immediate responses.

    When it comes to selling a house, it is beneficial for a seller to prepare for the property selling journey. If a seller knows what to expect after he or she lists a residence, this individual can plan accordingly. Perhaps most important, a seller can map out the home selling journey and take the necessary steps to ensure a quick, seamless and profitable property selling experience.




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