Many will say that their home is their greatest asset so it is only natural to want to take care of them. The tricky part, however, is that living in a homes guarantees a certain amount of wear and tear. If you feel like there is always something new to fix or replace then you are certainly not alone. And if you’ve made the mistake of leaving a job off for too long and allowing it to grow into a major problem it is common to assume you have to call in a professional to clean up the mess and fix things. That is definitely not the case.
Although many of these jobs are not particularly fun to undertake, they don’t usually require professional help. They can be doable and in some cases even quite simple if you have that right tools and some simple instruction. If you have the need for some home repair but don’t have the budget to hire professional help, then keep in mind a handful of these suggestions for common home repair problems.
dents & scuffs on walls
If you have kids in the home then these are as certain as death and taxes. And even if you don’t there is always the occasional bump and bruise caused when moving furniture or any number of potential accidents. Fortunately, scuffs can be easily removed with a half and half solution of white vinegar and water—just rub the solution on softly with the abrasive side of a sponge. Small holes can be fixed by smearing white toothpaste to cover the opening and making it flush with the surface and then touching it up with paint that matches the wall color. Larger holes can be patched up simply with a number of affordable supplies that can be found at the nearest hardware store.
stains on tubs & sinks
Getting rid of tub and sinks stains is probably one of the simplest DIY fixes but it does require some good old fashioned effort. It will help to get a specialty cleaning powder, such as Comet or Zud, and adding it to the dry surface before scrubbing vigorously with a moistened abrasive sponge.
stuck dressers drawers
It’s common for old dresser drawers to get stuck or haulty in their movement but that’s no reason to feel the need to replace them. If the drawers are wooden and aren’t on metal tracks the simply rub the flat side of an unscented candle onto the bottom corners at the base of each drawer. If the drawers are on metal tracks then just use some WD-40 on the track to help them slide smoothly.
poor water pressure
If you aren’t getting quality water pressure from a showerhead then it is likely blocked with din or mineral deposits. The problem can be fixed easily without having to replace equipment. Just simply wrap masking or adhesive tape around the showerhead at the spot where it connects to the pipe and then use pliers or wrench to unscrew the showerhead. Use a hairpin or similar tool to clean out any debris. In the case of a buildup of mineral or lime deposit then soak the showerhead in vinegar for 24 hours before scraping away the loose deposits.
There are a lot of reasons why you would want to keep your house in good repair, especially if you are doing it yourself. The beauty if a do it yourself mentality is that you rarely have to call a handyman or anybody else. You are self sufficient as well as better off financially. This kind of maintenance can also help your home insurance rates. Before you start your projects around your home, get a quote. After you are done, get another and compare house insurance. You might be surprised.