When you own a home, maintenance needs and costs are inevitable. You can either spend money hiring a professional or do the job yourself. DIYs are more appealing for many people because they avoid paying someone else and save their hard-earned money in the process. This blog post will talk about the easy repairs you can handle on your own.
A Quick Coat of Paint
Painting your home’s exterior is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to freshen up the appearance of your house. You can do it yourself with some basic painting supplies from any hardware store with time and planning.
Start by cleaning the surface with a damp rag to remove any dirt, dust, or debris. Leave it dry for 24 hours before painting. You can also use paint remover on your walls if you want to repaint them completely.
Always use quality brushes that will not shed bristles and use light brush strokes. You will also need a good quality roller, paint tray with sides, masking tape for your inside/outside corners, and plastic sheeting to cover furniture or floors you do not want to stain.
Paint in the direction of the grain on exterior surfaces. For interior spaces, sand the surfaces before painting. However, before the paint dries, use a clean rag to wipe off any stain that has seeped onto glass windows and doors. Otherwise, it will be difficult or impossible to remove later on without damaging your windowpane.
Fix a Wobbly Chair
Fixing your wobbly chair is an easy project that only takes about a half-hour. You can do it yourself and save money in the process! The following steps will show you how to fix a wobbly chair:
First, check all screws and bolts to ensure they are tight, and then tighten any loose ones you find. If your wobbly chair is still wobbling, there is a problem in the base, and it will need professional tightening.
If you’re using an Allen wrench or a screwdriver, ensure the head is snug against the bolt. Next, check to see if any screws need tightening along the back of the chair legs and tighten them with an Allen wrench or your hand until they are secure.
Join Broken Vases and Containers
Join broken vases and containers with some glue from Glue Guns Direct. It is a great way to keep them from breaking more often, but it won’t stop the glass shards or pieces of pottery from flying everywhere if you accidentally drop them again (or throw one!)
Lay the two halves out on a flat surface like your workbench or kitchen table. Put the glue across one side of both pieces, and then join the fragments on each end.
Repair Any Holes
The easiest thing you can do to save on home maintenance is fixing holes in walls. It doesn’t take much time, and it’s easy! First, find the source of the damage. This way, you won’t cover up one, only for it to reappear. Then, if there is still no sign of where it came from, do a final thorough search of the room.
If you find the source, use spackling paste or joint compound to fill in the holes and smooth out any uneven areas. After you finish, paint over it with wall paint that matches your room’s color scheme!
Mowing the grass prevents weeds from taking over your yard. You will also need to trim trees, shrubs, hedges so that they don’t interfere with other plants or cover walkways on the property. Once a week would be ideal for most lawns, but you can make adjustments based on your specific type of grass.
Refinish Your Hardwood
Even the most pristine hardwood floor can start to look worn and dirty over time. Luckily, you don’t need a costly professional refinishing job to make your floors shine again. In fact, with just some supplies from your local hardware store, it’s an easy project that you can do in one day for not much money.
To prepare your floors, move all furniture out of the room so you can get right down on hands and knees with a rasp or drum sander to remove any excess build-up from foot traffic over time. Afterward, wash your floor with a light soap and water mixture, rinse it off well, let it dry before you apply any polyurethane or other sealant.
You can save a lot by tackling the smaller repair jobs yourself or with the help of friends and family members. These repairs are enough for you to sustain your homes until you decide it’s time to move on.