Saving thousands in do-it-yourself home projects is the way to go!
Maintaining your home does not have to be complicated or expensive. While there are plenty of home repairs and updates that should be left to professionals, there are even more fixes that any capable person can do themselves. From patching up your walls to keeping your home’s air clean, here are a few home maintenance tasks you should consider tackling solo.
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Change Up Paint Colors
Sometimes, a little color is all it takes to make a house feel like a home. If you want to give your home a color makeover, you can easily take care of this task on your own. A DIY paint job could save you hundreds of dollars, if you have the time and patience to pull it off. However, if you’re tired of looking at DIY tutorials and countless YouTube guides, you can find a local pro to help you out with your paint project. But you can also find a handyman or contractor to help with other projects around your home as well.
Fill in Drywall Holes
Before you touch up that paint, you may need to fill in some holes first. Luckily, repairing holes in drywall can be a pretty simple job. Even larger holes can be snapped to fill in, if you have the right drywall tips. You will need patches to cover up medium and large holes in the wall, but a bit of strategically placed putty can make short work of nail-size holes.
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Repair Worn Out Knobs
Looking to update the look of your drawers and cabinets quickly? Well, this is one of the easiest fixes you can complete on your own. You barely need tools to replace your cabinet hardware with something more functional or more stylish. Best of all, if you get bored again, you can easily swap those knobs out for something new.
Clean Your Gutters
If you’re comfortable working from a ladder and have the necessary tools, you can clean your gutters on your own. Simply remove debris by hand, placing it in a bucket as you go. Then, flush the gutters out with a hose. Once you’re done, check your downspout to make sure water is flowing freely through it. While you can certainly clean your gutters on your own, it is a dirty job. If you decide to hire a professional for the task, be sure to check ratings of the best gutter cleaners in your area before you hire.
Upgrade a Bathroom Mirror
Upgrading your bathroom cabinet hardware can give your room a fresh look. A makeover of your bathroom mirror is an easy fix that can completely transform the look and feel of your space. Many homes and apartments come with builder grade mirrors, but you can add a custom DIY frame to give your bathroom a more luxurious feel.
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Change Your Lighting Fixtures
Now that you’ve had practice changing out hardware and mirrors, you may feel comfortable taking on a somewhat trickier swap. While a little cumbersome to manage, installing light fixtures is actually a basic DIY project anyone can do. One of the most important steps for you to remember is to ensure your wires are properly insulated. It sounds like a chore, but with a few materials, you can easily make sure your fixtures are safe.
Keep HVAC Filters Clean
This should be a no-brainer for homeowners and renters alike but keeping your HVAC system filters clean can reduce your exposure to indoor air contaminants. Since dust and pollen can build up so quickly, especially in desert climates, it makes sense to take care of this maintenance project on your own. One issue you run into is deciding whether to use disposable filters or washable electrostatic options. Electrostatic filters trap troublesome dust particles, but they may take a little more work to maintain, so research before you decide.
You don’t need expensive contractors or equipment to properly maintain your home. All you really need is a basic set of tools, a few online tutorials and a healthy dose of confidence. So, the next time something breaks, or you just need a break from the usual, consider taking on your home maintenance and improvement projects all on your own.
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