When it comes to making home repairs, many homeowners put the carriage before the horse. They get out the hammer and nails and start their work without a solid plan in place. What might be worse is that many homeowners neglect problems with their home that can easily be fixed on their own but will require expensive repairs and services once the problems become more serious.
Home Repair Tips
Something that is often neglected, but a rather easy home repair fix that can be done by any homeowner is replacing the furnace filter on the home. Changing or replacing the filter will help extend the life of your furnace and make it operate much more efficiently. Your home will be hotter in the winter and cooler in the summer without putting too much stress on your furnace.
Caulking helps seal cracks on the exterior of homes to help prevent heat or energy loss and reduce your heating or electricity bill during the cold winter or hot summer. Surprisingly, caulk will break down and deteriorate within a year. Understanding how to properly caulk exposed cracks, and going around the home once a year and plugging up the holes can help save you quite a bit of money throughout the year.
Once a year, go around to each of the bathrooms or areas of your home where you would expect water to be present and caulk the cracks and crevices of appropriate areas. This helps prevent mold and mildew, which can be a pain for anyone in your home or any guests that are allergic to mold.
Fix Leaky Faucets
If you have a leaky faucet in your home, and don’t want to spend more on your water bill, but also don’t want to hire an expensive plumber to fix the problem, it’s rather easy to do it yourself. Go to your local hardware store and ask a sales representative for their opinion. Tell them what you’re looking to accomplish and see if it’s something that you are capable of fixing on your own. They can point you to the tools you’ll need to fix leaky faucets, which have the instructions to help guide you through the process.
Drains in showers and sinks get clogged all the time and can be fixed without too much effort on your part. To start, take a cup of white vinegar and pour it down the drain once a week. This usually will take care of the problem before resorting to buying more expensive drain cleaning products that will most likely not have an improved effect.
Fixing a Squeaky Door Hinge
For everyone that deals with a squeaky door, cabinet door, or any hinge in their house, there’s an easy fix for that. Pop the hinge pin out and coat it in Vaseline or some other lubricant like WD-40. Reinsert the pins, and the squeaking should stop for at least a year. If you want to completely fix the issue, just get a new door hinge. Most cost less than $10 and will make the door look much nicer than it used to.