If you’re an avid home décor or lifestyle enthusiast you probably often find yourself in the midst of DIY projects, probably many times from inspiration you’ve found online. DIY décor projects are great, but what about doing those more technical home repair and improvement projects? Do you lack some of the do-it-yourself confidence you might have in other areas of your life?
Many of us do, but we find that either our homes aren’t exactly the way we want them to be as a result, or we pay the professionals big bucks to do seemingly small projects.
What’s the solution? Perhaps finding a balance between taking on some of your home improvement to-do list on your own, and then saving only the most complicated projects for the professionals.
Below are some home repairs almost anyone can do themselves, regardless of their skills or experience.
Wall Repairs and Paint
Repairing holes in your wall and painting your home can give it a huge facelift and change the entire look and feel of the space, but many people are hesitant to take these on themselves. Unfortunately, they then find themselves paying a premium for painters to do the work, and that money could be instead put toward more extensive repairs, such as fixing issues with a home’s roof or foundation. Remove everything from your walls, and get to work fixing holes. Small holes can usually be repaired easily with spackle, and even larger ones are somewhat simple to fix by cutting a piece of drywall or regular wood into the whole, along with some joint compound. Sand it and then you’re ready to get started painting.
Maintain your AC
This might be one of the simplest, yet most overlooked fixes on this list. If your air conditioning isn’t working at a peak performance level, you might need a costly repair person. Instead, changing your filters may be all that you need. When they’re not regularly changed, they get clogged, and the result is a restriction in airflow.
Caulking is an important but relatively simple thing to do. Caulk is the white, somewhat rubbery material that protects things like your floors and walls from moisture, and it’s important to prevent issues like water damage and mildew from occurring. If you notice leaks in places like your shower or around the rim of your toilet, it’s time to learn how to master the caulking gun.
One of the final DIY home repairs you should probably be ready and willing to take on? Fixing leaky pipes, which often occur under kitchen and bathroom sinks. First, make sure you turn the water off to the pipe you’re going to repair. Once you do that, you can get to work, and depending on the type of pipe and the problem it’s experiencing it may be as simple as using a wrench and some pliers.
Not every person is equipped to take on every home repair or project, but if you can do some of the smaller ones yourself, you’ll save yourself a lot of money in the long-run.