Home maintenance is often one of the most expensive elements when accounting for home budgeting. Raw materials are expensive, and you may have to contract a professional for the job. However, if you know the basics of electrical, plumbing, and woodwork, you could carry out certain repairs yourself, helping save significant maintenance costs. Here are seven DIY home repair tips that could save you from hiring a professional to get the job done.
A leaky kitchen or bathroom drain pipe (not concealed inside a wall) is one issue that you can most likely fix by yourself. It may require something as simple as tightening a slip-nut near the P-Trap. A leak from a hole in the drain could be resolved with a flexible coupling with hose clamps.
Wallpaper is easy to install or replace too. You will need someone to help get it on the wall and match the patterns correctly. If bubbling appears, you might have to remove the paper and install a new strip. But remember that removing wallpaper might require you to order more, possibly exceeding the budget, so avoid doing the job in haste.
Clogged garbage disposal
Disposal units might seem tough to fix. But, all you may require is a small specialty wrench that fits into a hexagonal opening on the underside of the powered-down disposal. If that does not work, you may need to call a professional.
A leaky center-set faucet that isn’t complex and free of various connections on the underside could be resolved with a simple DIY method. And this involves replacing the faucet by following the manufacturer’s installation instructions and taking your time!
Running toilets can lead to severe water wastage but are usually easy to fix. You will need a DIY toilet rebuild kit available online or at a local hardware store. The instructions on the repair kit are usually straightforward.
If you wish to change the sound of your doorbell, you can do it without a professional. Multiple DIY kits available in stores let you add chimes to the bell. You could also switch to wireless doorbells with security cameras that could replace the traditional peephole.
Nail holes are one of the easiest things to patch. You could use a spackle knife to fill each hollow with lightweight putty and scrape off the excess from the walls. Once the putty is dry, sand the spot until it’s smooth, and paint the repaired region with a primer.