Do-it-yourself repairs can feel daunting, especially if you’re not sure exactly what you can do around the house without causing any serious damage. But the reality is that many DIY tasks are relatively easy to do, if you have the right tools and follow instructions.
Before you begin any job, look for easy-to-follow instructions. You can find a lot of step-by-step videos on websites like the DIY Network or well known hardware stores like Home Depot or Lowe’s. Once you’ve familiarized yourself with the project, take a good look at your tools to make sure you have everything you need. Remember that if a project requires heavy power tools, or very specific and specialized ones, you might be better off hiring a professional to tackle it for you. The easiest, least likely to cause major damage projects are those that can be handled with a minimum amount of specialized tools. Here are some simple projects that you can tackle on your own.
Fixing a leaking faucet. Leaking faucets are a common problem that can be addressed quickly and easily. For standard faucets, simply unscrew the tip and check the washer and the mesh screen. Both of these parts are standard and inexpensive, and you can easily replace them in minutes. If this doesn’t fix the leak, we recommend calling a professional as the problem can be well beyond the average DIYers expertise.
Replacing window screens. Depending on where you live, your window screens can be subjected to a lot of wear and tear. Repairing a torn screen is relatively easy and can be managed with a little patience. Chances are your screen is a standard size, so you can purchase the replacement mesh from your local hardware store, along with installation instructions.
Painting. Painting a room is simple if you have the right tools. Before you begin, get samples of paint colors you like and paint a strip on the wall. Paint colors look different in different lighting, and you want to make sure that you’ve selected the perfect color for your room. Once you’ve decided on the color and checked your tool kit, begin by prepping the walls. If you can, remove any fixtures (including outlet covers) and other hardware. Clean your walls with a damp cloth, and spackle any holes. Give yourself enough time to be able to do a thorough job. Remember, the size of your room will determine how much time it will take to paint it!
Checking your doors. Just like everything else in your home, doors need maintenance. You can easily take care of squeaking hinges with some lubricants. Loose doorknobs are easily fixable too. More often than not, all they need is a little tightening of the screws, but just in case you need a little more reinforcement, your local hardware store can provide you with special adhesives and other binding agents to keep those loose screws in place.
As always, it is important to know that major appliance repair or replacement requires professional assistance. Don’t attempt to repair any of your appliances yourself. To get expert help with your major home projects, consider a home warranty policy like TotalProtect® Gold that includes quarterly maintenance checks in addition to repair and replacement coverage.
The information in this article is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage.