DIY Home Repairs

Your home requires maintenance to stay in good condition, but home repairs are inevitable no matter how well you maintain it. Many appliances go bad over time and need replacement. The roof needs to have its shingles replaced, water lines might become weak and vulnerable to damage, and the paint becomes dried out and starts to peel.

The thought of home maintenance and repairs often evokes notions of high costs and disruption inside the home while work gets done. But some easy home repairs can save you a lot of money while providing you with peace of mind knowing that your home is in top shape.

The following are some easy home repairs you can do yourself. Each could take a few hours of your time. But you can work them into your weekend or other free time and greatly reduce potential disruption to your daily activities.

Replace Old and Cracked Caulking

Caulking is easy to overlook and take for granted until it dries out and starts to crack and peel. Dried out and cracked caulking looks terrible, adds to the localized dust, and makes your home look aged and terrible.

You can use a paint scraper to remove old caulking and some sandpaper to smooth out the surface. Then you can apply new caulk and smooth it into place with your finger or a small tool. The new caulk will look great and help keep your home sealed against rain, insects, and outdoor contaminants.

Repaint the Interior and Exterior

Few things improve your home’s curb appeal better than new paint. Even touching up the old paint along with the trim, window sills, and eaves will improve your home’s looks and value. You will need a paint scraper to remove any dried and peeling paint. And some sandpaper can help to make the surface smooth.

You can rent spray equipment to make a fast and easy job of painting one or more interior rooms or the entire exterior. You also could use rollers to apply paint to large sections, and you will need smaller brushes for touching up some spots.

Replace Your Old and Leaking Toilet

Plumbing problems can scare homeowners because a plumber can be costly, but many plumbing repairs are simple enough to do yourself. Replacing a leaking toilet is one of the easy home repairs that you can do a lot faster than you might think.

You need to shut off the water to the toilet and empty the tank by flushing out the water. Once empty, you can remove the bolts holding the toilet to the floor. Then you can pry the toilet up and off of its spot. Adding some sealer to the base and bolting a new toilet into place is easy to do and can improve your bathroom’s function and appeal.

The preceding easy home repairs are just a few examples of what you could do with your home. Regular maintenance and occasional repairs will help it to grow its value.