I was forty-five, and I decided it was time to grow up and put down some roots, for the first time in my life. I grew up a military brat, was a veteran, married a veteran, and as a civilian had trouble keeping a job in one place.
Amazingly, I finally found a civilian job where I fit in. I’d been there for eight years. I’d never been in one place eight years. I lived in an expensive area and decided to see if I qualified for a house, since I’d planned on retiring at a job I actually loved. What a shock, right? A job this diyhomegoddess loved!
So I started looking for a house. For the first time in my life, I was going to own. I spent only a few weeks, but looked at probably about 40 houses. I got a townhouse! Unfortunately it was a foreclosure, and had a lot of work to do. There were only three former owners over its 35-year life, but sadly, they were diy-ers that had no clue what they were doing or did things on the cheap. Like putting flooring on top of the old. Like painting wrought-iron latex white! Or, my personal fav, covering the laundry room ceiling with vinyl siding!
Easy Home Repair Skills
So I had to learn skills for easy home repairs fast! It’s been going on nine years. And I’m still fixing things. Yes, I still need to strip the wrought-iron. Or I will replace it with wood railing. I haven’t decided which would be better. But I’m doing it slowly. And what I can’t do, I am hiring professionals to do.
There are many things a diyhomegoddess can do on her own, to save a few bucks. Here are some easy home repairs you can do yourself.
Cabinet Easy Home Repairs
- Loud Cabinet Doors? Peel and stick door and drawer bumpers – from Home Depot or Lowes cost a few bucks. Put one at the top and bottom.
- Scratched Cabinets? Use a stain filled touch up marker. But use a lighter stain color, and switch to darker only if needed. If a deeper scratch, use a filler pencil.
- Cabinet Doors Won’t Close? Install a magnetic door catch from your favorite home depot store.
- Sticky Drawers? Rub paraffin wax along the slides. It’s easy peasy.
Appliance Easy Home Repairs
- Fingerprints on Your Stainless Steel Appliances? Clean and polish them with Turtle car wax. It really works
- Oven Cooking Times are Off from the Recipe Instructions? Check your manual (or find it online if you don’t have it). There are instructions on adjusting the temperature calibration. I’ve had to do this once.
Plumbing Easy Home Repairs
- Clogged Drains? Don’t use chemicals to clean your drains if at all possible, use a plunger.
- Clogged Toilet? If the plunger doesn’t work, try 1/2 cup of liquid dish soap. Let it sit for a couple of hours. It can loosen the friction in the materials that are creating the clogging. Try this trick before using a snake or calling a plumber.
Hard Water Buildup on the Faucet? Cut a lemon in half. Place the cut side against the faucet edge, wrap a bag around the lemon, and secure with a rubber band. Leave a few hours. Remove the hand-made contraption and wipe the faucet with a clean rag.
- A Kinked Toilet Chain Causing a Running Toilet? Remove the chain and slide a plastic straw to cover about 1/2 to 2/3 of the chain. Replace the chain.
- Need Other Easy Toilet Fixes? Replace the Flapper, Fill Valve or Tighten the Toilet Seat.
Wall Easy Home Repairs
- Small Hole in the Drywall? Self-Sticking Hole Patches are a metal mess you put over the hole, cover with joint compound, sand and paint. Get these at your home improvement store. No more drywall patches. Even I can use these.
- Holes in Aluminum or Vinyl Siding? Use color matched caulk.
- Smells in the Walls? Wipe the walls down with vinegar. Make sure the windows are open to air the smell out for a couple of hours. Also strategically place small bowls of vinegar around a room. It works pretty well for a house that had some smokers.
Furniture Easy Home Repairs
- Wobbly Chair or Table? Use a penny and hot glue it. Just don’t do this to an antique! Get a professional here.
- If you don’t want to use a penny, get some of those fuzz pads from your home improvement store.
- The scratched cabinet trick works here too!
Floor Easy Home Repairs
- Silence a Squeaky Floor? Drive screws into the floor joists that are close to the squeaks. Place these around the floor until the squeak disappears. Use screws that don’t have threads near the top.
- Need to Replace Your Carpeting? Remove the old carpet yourself. You can save hundreds by removing the carpet yourself with a few simple tools to remove the carpet, padding and staples yourself in a few hours. Just let the installers put the new carpet down!
- Need to Replace Your Tiles Or Hardwood Floors? Remove that yourself too! You can definitely remove the old tiles, with some elbow grease and what I used, a flooring scraper tool (mine was metal, but I don’t recall the name. Check with your home improvement store for the right tool. It saved me about $500 instead of the flooring installers doing it!
Miscellaneous Easy Home Repairs
- Quick HVAC Maintenance? Change your HVAC filter once a quarter. Will save on maintenance costs.
- Sticker Residue? Put cooking oil on a paper towel, cover the area with the paper towel for a few minutes, then rub the area with a new paper towel.
- Water Stains? Spray spot with a solution of 10% bleach and 90% water and wait for 2 days.
- Missing Caulk or Grout? It’s calling for damage. Renault or regrout immediately! It’s easy.
- Electronics Won’t Turn On? Check the circuit breaker. Seriously. I’ve been prone to assume something was broke, when the breaker was just flipped!
Easy home repairs any diyhomegoddess can do on her own, and save serious bucks by not having to hire the professionals. Check You Tube for instructions if you are unsure, or see if I have anything posted.
What have you repaired around your house that your friends paid big bucks hiring someone else to do?