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Manic Mondays: 5 Minute Fixes

You’re busy. I’m busy. We are all busy!

In the spirit of that, I thought a new series would help us keep up with “joys” of home ownership. We tend to let certain things slide and put off because “I’ll get to it one day.” As a Realtor, I see regularly these little things add up to numerous to-do items! So each Monday, I’ll be highlighting several 5 minute fixes that even on a manic Monday (or Thursday…), we can all check off an item on the to do list!

This week’s 5 minute fix only applies to certain houses. If your house is on a slab, you probably don’t have floor vents. Rather your AC/Heat vents are probably in the ceiling or walls. But if your house is like Flip 3 and on a crawl space, you probably have floor vents.

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And floor vents are one of those things that get overlooked. I mean they’re just vent covers, right? But over time they age, they rust, or maybe don’t even enhance a newer floor anymore. But swapping them out or giving them a face lift is one of the easiest and cost-effective detail upgrades.

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Any big box home improvement store has a variety of vent covers. They easily slide in and out over the vent opening. I like to choose designs that are similar in color to the floor and/or offer a little design. After removing the old, rusty covers, I chose an oil-rubbed bronze contemporary pattern cover from Lowe’s which ran about $15. The dark color was similar to the tones in the wood floor. I wouldn’t have wanted a white one because it would have been too stark of a difference.

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Not all of my floor vents match in Flip 3. Instead, I chose different colors so that each vent matched the particular floor in each room.

The prices of new vent covers varied from $10-$18. That’s a pretty affordable small upgrade. Little details like this tend to get overlooked, and before you know it, you have several small details showing age and neglect.

Maybe you aren’t wanting to replace yours…you don’t necessarily have to. In Flip 1, I was able to salvage all of the floor vents and spray paint them white. I spent around $4 for a can of white spray paint and gave the old tan ones a face lift to better match the lighter floor coverings.

So this upgrade doesn’t have to break the bank & can easily be done in 5 minutes on a Manic Monday!

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4 thoughts on “Manic Mondays: 5 Minute Fixes

  1. We really like the look of custom vents in our house, but were having some trouble balancing our A/C, and the service technician told us to revert back to the standard design vents because they allow more air through. Are you aware of any nicer looking vents that allow the same amount of air through? Thanks!

    1. That’s interesting! But actually makes sense. Lowe’s has some (pictured in oil rubbed bronze) that have a cool grid feature, and I personally haven’t noticed any reduction in air flow.

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