Five Basic Home Repairs Every Homeowner Should Know
Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer, or a seasoned home-buying veteran, there are some things you should probably be comfortable working on in your home. It becomes important that you learn to maintain your own property. Once you get your hands dirty, you begin to understand the workings of the appliances and fixtures you have in your home that you depend on every day. It gives you a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment that you are able to perform your own home’s repairs (to a certain extent of course). Let’s also not forget the contentment that comes with knowing that you’re saving some hard-earned money on repair bills, on potentially saving yourself money down the line by doing some preventative maintenance.
When you own a house, you need to be committed to keeping it in good condition. To ensure this, you should become familiar with some common household repairs. Now that you’ve bought yourself a beautiful home, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and learn these five home repairs that you can perform yourself without needing complicated tools or an expensive contractor.
How to Paint
Regardless of whether you want to paint your entire house or just one wall, you know that nothing improves your interiors like a new coat of paint. Before you begin, you need to keep in mind that a well done paint job will only boost your property’s value and make it look better, but a poorly done job will leave visible roller marks, sloppy strokes, and spatters, which can be an eyesore. The key is good preparation. Remove fixtures, curtains, door hinges, etc. and clean the walls with a damp sponge. Apply primer, if needed, and now you’re ready to begin painting. Remember to be patient and careful. Take your time taping off the areas that you don’t want painted, and make sure that you apply your paint evenly. Be prepared to apply multiple coats, and don’t give in to any temptations to rush the job. It’s better to take your time and end up with a job well done than to rush your project and end up with a poorly painted room.
Doors require occasional repair and maintenance as they can become squeaky, jammed, and may even need replacing. Before you unscrew the door off its hinges, inspect it and locate what the issue is. Remember that wood contracts during winters and expands during summers, so some issues are seasonal. Also make sure the hinges are well oiled. You might be able to fix a tight door by making slight adjustments to the hinges. A common problem with doors as seasons change can be doorknobs no longer latching, which can often be fixed by adjusting the striker plate on the doorframe. The most important step in fixing a door is identifying exactly what the issue is before you start making adjustments. There’s nothing worse than getting into a large scale project only to realize that it was a simple fix.
How to Fix a Faucet
Every homeowner has faced a leaky faucet at some point in his or her lifetime. It is one of the most common household repairs. The process of fixing a leaky faucet is rather simple. Shut off the water supply, replace washers or the faucet itself, and turn the water supply back on. There will be some variation based on what type of fixture you have, but ultimately it’s as simple as that. If you don’t think this is something you are capable of doing, then it’s best left to a professional, but you’d be surprised how capable and handy you probably are.
How to Unclog a Toilet
Clogged toilets are another very common household problem just about every homeowner has encountered at some point in their lives. These issues can be stressful, as you’ll need to get it fixed as soon as possible. The key is to remain calm and locate the blockage. If you have kids, you can expect your toilet bowl to have become a repository of various toys. Pouring buckets of water, using a plunger, etc. will help unclog your toilet. If that doesn’t do it, most home improvement stores will rent small augers to help unclog drains. If you live in an older home, a handheld snake might be worth the investment as old pipes are notorious for getting clogged.
How to Replace a Light Switch
This is the simplest home repair you could perform, and all you need is a new switch, a screwdriver, and remember to turn off the mains before you replace the broken switch. MAKE SURE YOU TURN OFF THE BREAKER BEFORE YOU BEGIN. After the the breaker is off, it’s simply a matter of loosening the screws and replacing the worn switch with a new unit. Pro Tip: You have to turn the breaker back on when you’re finished J
Now that you know of basic home repairs that you can take care of yourself, you don’t have to resort to expensive repair services, or live with a leaky faucet or squeaky door frame. Just pull out your toolbox and remember to take precautions before you begin.