For many of us, our home represents our greatest financial asset. Although many people believe that home repair is something that only trained professionals are capable of doing, that is often far from the case. Many home repair jobs can easily be done by the average person, with just a little guidance.
Improve your home and lower your water bill by changing out your toilet with a more efficient model. Many companies have reduced the amount of gallons it takes to flush and they even feature options, such as flushing only liquids or solids, so you can control how much water is used, depending on what is in the toilet.
Use an old, dirty paint roller to clean the gutters on your house. The old paint roller that you have deemed unusable will quickly and easily clean your dirty gutters. Attach the roller to an extended handle. Then simply remove debris and leaves by sliding it along the gutter.
Make sure to have your home inspected before starting any major renovations. Checking for roofing issues, termites, electrical issues and plumbing beforehand can save you a lot of trouble down the road. Finding issues like these when you are halfway through a renovation process can be a nightmare on your budget.
If you don’t want to have a toilet that won’t stop running, try checking the flapper valve. Flapper valves act as rubber seals for the tank and allow water in and out. Pull the siphon from the tank and examine the valve. If it’s dirty, clean it. If its broken, replace the valve with a new one.
Resurface the concrete walkways and driveways around your home for a new look. Replacing concrete can get incredibly expensive and doesn’t add much to the curb appeal of your home. Consider resurfacing with cobblestone or brick which will cost a fraction of replacing concrete and will look like a million bucks.
Are there little nail holes in your walls? Pick up a little spackle and paint. You can find spackle at any home improvement shop. Only a small bit of spackle is needed to cover small holes. The smallest of holes (like those left by push-pins) will require such a tiny dab of spackle that the ideal applicator is a bobby pin. After the spackle has dried, smooth the hole over with a firm object. Apply paint. Your holes will disappear like magic, giving your home a fresh look!
Instead of using a table lamp, choose a floor lamp; this will free up much-needed space on your nightstand. Floor lamps could be moved around, on the other hand, table lamps use a lot of table space. Pick a lamp that has a good design that you could appreciate.
To save cash, buy a drain snake. This will prevent you from buying drain cleaners. Using a drain snake can be difficult the first time. You might need a plumber to show you how before you try yourself. Be sure your snake is the proper size for the drain or you may cause unnecessary damage.
If you are renovating a small room, consider making use of built-in mirrors. The reflection from a carefully-positioned mirror will make a small room seem considerably more spacious. A mirror near the window can add more natural light to a dim room. Avoid overusing mirrors or placing them opposite of each other, however, as this can create strange lighting effects.
Damaged, bent, or rusted metal railings are one of the most offensive eyesores commonly seen on older houses. For a modern look that doesn’t upstage the classic exterior of your house, replace metal railing with richly textured wood supports. You can stain the wood a darker color or leave it natural depending upon the exterior color of your house.
Updating an outdated kitchen could be as easy as replacing the cabinetry. This can be done on your own, but remember to make sure to check for all of the screws that are holding your existing cabinets in place. Cut the caulk that is sealing it to the wall prior to removing them, and you will have a nice smooth surface to install the new ones.
Make sure that you make a realistic budget before you start making any improvements to your home and you do your best to stick to the budget. While there are many factors that can make things cost a bit more than expected, you should not be spending thousands of dollars more than you can afford.
Your home is one of your most valuable financial assets, and it is the place where you spend a majority of your time. So the next time you spot something that could use a little maintenance, you owe it to yourself, and to your wallet, to try your hand at fixing up your home!