As a homeowner, there are going to be times when your house will need a bit of repair work. When it’s something that is extensive like plumbing or electrical issues, due to the potential hazards that come with both, we recommend that you hire a professional.
However, thanks to websites like HGTV and DIY Network, when it comes to more minor problems, you can actually save money by doing some of them yourself.
If you’re interested in knowing about some of the small home repairs that are fairly simple to do, we have provided you with a list of five of them below:
A cracked floor tile. If you’ve recently dropped something heavy onto your kitchen or bathroom floor or you’ve been moving furniture around in those rooms, you might have cracked a floor tile. That’s OK. If you devote about two hours of time, you can repair it yourself.
First, you will need to either purchase or rent the following tools: a grout saw, scoring tool, a bricklayer’s chisel and a cold chisel. Then, you will need to go to DIY Network for detailed instructions on how to fix it. Just go to the site and put “repair floor tile” in the search field.
Peeling wallpaper. Wallpaper is a beautiful way to decorate your walls. But if the wallpaper that you have has been up for several years or you live in a humid climate, you run the risk of it peeling. Although you could repaper the entire room, there is another solution. Purchase some wallpaper paste from your local home improvement store.
Smear some of it on writing paper and then rub that piece of paper on the backside of the peeling wallpaper. Pull the writing paper off and then smooth the wallpaper back onto the wall. Make sure there are no bumps in the wallpaper when you do.
Unclog your showerhead. Just about all of us have had moments when our showerheads have seemed to not work properly. Usually that’s a sign that it is clogged. However, rather than buying a new one, clean the one that you currently have. All you have to do is put your showerhead into a bowl of white vinegar. Let it soak overnight and then rinse it off with water. It will be like new again.
Fill in window and door cracks. When it comes to minor home improvements lower bills , it’s a good idea to conduct an energy audit. That will show you where you may have air or water leaks or if your appliances are not working as effectively as they should. If while conducting one, you do happen to notice some cracks in your windowsills or alongside your doors, apply some caulking to them. You can get caulking at Home Depot or Lowe’s and it will repair the drafts in a matter of moments.
Toilet issues. There are a lot of people who spend quite a bit of money on plumbers simply because their toilet doesn’t flush properly or the water in it continues to run. When a toilet has trouble flushing, that’s usually an indication that the holes under the rim are clogged. You can unclog them by using a pipe cleaner to clear out the jets.
For toilets that constantly run water, usually that’s an indication that it’s time to purchase a new flapper. If you go to DIY Plumbing Advice and put “replace flapper” in the search field, you will be walked through the steps of how to put on a new flapper without a plumber’s assistance. And your toilet will be back to working in no time.