Owning a home is likely to be one of your most costly undertakings. It’s therefore important that you take really great care of it and keep it in good shape
As every home-owner or tenant knows, there is always something that will go wrong in the house, and while it can be tempting to call a professional, it is much cheaper and probably faster to do the simple stuff yourself.
These simple home repair DIY tips and home maintenance projects are incredibly easy to execute yourself, but before you take anything on you should make sure you do your research. Make sure you are absolutely certain about what you are doing, the tools that you will need and the step-by-step process that you need to follow.
Here are some of the handiest hacks for home improvement that you can do all by yourself.
Painting a room or wall
Dull or chipped paint can make a once beautiful house look shabby and run down, as well as have a huge impact on the price you could sell it for. Most people would be amazed at what a difference a coat of paint can make to a room or a house in general, and most don’t realise that it’s pretty easy to do on their own.
This guide from Popular Mechanics gives some comprehensive tips on repainting your house. From preparing the house for painting and choosing your paint, to choosing between brushes and rollers – as well as exactly where you should start.
Repainting your house can do wonders for its value, but more importantly it makes your home more inviting to live in – plus you can boast that you did the amazing job all on your own.
Caulk is one of the handiest things to have around the house, but you have to know how to use it. It is used to seal bathtubs and sinks, fill in cracks and leaks, and to weatherproof and waterproof homes and surfaces.
This article from Home Repair offers a comprehensive step-by-step guide on how to go about applying caulk to surfaces in your home.
Remember that before you get stuck into your home improvement caulking project, you need to prepare the surface by cleaning it with a wet cloth (no soap), scrubbing off old caulk and making sure that there is no mildew present, which will affect the adhesiveness of the caulk.
Learning how to apply caulk in your home is a really important and simple skill that could end up saving you both time and money in your home improvement project.
Fixing simple toilet problems
Toilets can be one of the most temperamental amenities in the household, and they are likely to keep breaking throughout your lifetime, so it’s not just important but also common sense to just learn how to deal with the smaller issues that may arise with your toilet.
The most common toilet problems include clogged drains and broken flush mechanisms – both of which are pretty easily to deal with.
If your toilet isn’t flushing, then chances are you have a problem with your handle, the connection to the handle or the flapper. Lift up the cistern lid, and if nothing is broken then you probably just have to reattach the chain onto the lever. However, if something is broken, go out and buy a replacement kit, and then follow these instructions from Popular Mechanics on how to correctly fix it.
Use a toilet auger or plumber to clear up a clogged toilet drain. Here is a step-by-step guide to ensure that you get it right – prooving that home improvement doesn’t need to be difficult.
Fix those leaking sinks
Leaking sinks are a common problem in many households, and while a small drip may not seem like a big deal, they can often lead to a lot more damage than you would expect. Mould and rotten wood – besides causing electrical issues – are just some of the problems caused by leaky sinks.
Most leaks occur in the pipes under kitchen and bathroom sinks, and the first thing to do when you notice a leak is to turn off the water that is affecting that area. Take everything out from under the sink area and put down a bucket to catch any remaining water. From there on out follow this awesome video guide for the best DIY leak repair out there.
Every home has its own problems, but the great thing is that home improvement doesn’t have to be time consuming or costly. Use these tips to ensure that your house is up to scratch and in the best possible condition that it can be. Keeping on top of those small repairs ensures that the long-term value of your house is maximised.