I just can’t fathom why homeowners always need to call a professional for some simple home repairs.
It’s not because I’m a cheapskate (okay, maybe I am – a little). But, what if you can save money and tackle the problem yourself?
#1. Fixing a Leaky Kitchen or Bathroom Pipe
When you start hearing a drip, drip, drip or see a small puddle of water on the floor, it’s an indication that a leak lies underneath your bathroom and kitchen sink.
Honestly, I’d say most plumbing systems leak all the time but this is one call that you’d get most often.
Both the kitchen and bathroom sinks are the most used areas in any household and a leak can be such a frustrating experience.
But, here’s the good news: There’s no need for a professional – you can fix the pipe yourself.
Here are 5 simple steps on how to fix a leaking pipe:
- Turn off the water supply and faucet
- Dry the pipes
- Apply plumbing putty on the pipes
- And, then replace the leaking parts of the pipes
- Instead of replacing the pipes (which is a significant investment), try using a pipe clamp.
#2. Painting the Exterior of Your Home
Cracking or chipping paint are some of the apparent signs that the outside of your home needs a new and fresh layer of paint.
But, if you don’t want to make it a do-it-yourself project – you might not trust yourself with paint – you should expect to pay from $1,000 to $6,000 or maybe, even more, depending on the condition and size of your home. And, this is not according to me, but HomeAdvisor.
If you think it’s dreaded time to get outside, smarten up and hold that brush, here are some tips to help you get started:
- Do the necessary preparation and make sure the surface is clean and dry.
- Don’t skimp on materials and never choose price over quality.
- Use the right tools.
- Do your research and wait for temperate weather.
- Cover decks, shrubs, patios and walkways to protect them from paint spills and splatters.
- Start painting using proven techniques.
- Apply More Than One Coat of Paint.
#3. Installing a Light Fixture
I know when it comes to electrical repairs and installations, many say it’s almost always best not to take the DIY route.
Well, unless you have to work in attics or crawl in spaces, pulling lots of cable around, I’d say replacing a faulty light or installing a new one might only look complicated at first, but it is actually a very easy task, especially when you have the right tools in hand.
So, my advice to you is if you can attempt it on your own, go for it – but only if you do so safely. (And, let me add, I’ve installed a light fixture before and I’ve lived to tell you about it)
#4. Installing a Ceiling Fan
Isn’t it extremely difficult to install a ceiling fan? I mean, I’m talking about a fan mounted on the ceiling.
The short answer is no. It’s not hard at all.
It might take a few hours off your time, but if you are comfortable working on a ladder, then there’s no need to call a professional.
#5. Replacing a Door
Truth is you don’t need to be gutsy enough to replace an existing door with a new one. All you need is the right tools and a few carpentry tips.
And, to give you a helping hand, here are some tips:
- Get your must-have tools and materials (of course, depending on the type of door you are installing).
- Attach the door Hardware before installing the door.
- Remove the old door, starting the process by removing the door hinge pins, following the removal of any hardware in the frame, such as the hinges, nails, and screws.
- Once you’ve measured the opening, make sure you have an even floor.
- And, after the door test-fit, place the door in the opening and check for any gap between the frame and rough opening.
Well, now that you’ve figured out that you can handle some of these fixes, will you paint the cabinets yourself? Will you really replace your old toilet? Will you fix that smelly dishwasher on your own?