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Seven repairs all homeowners should know how to fix

Repairs every homeowner should know

Key insights

  • Learn how to complete a variety of home adjustments! Here are tips and tutorials for further instruction.
  • Keep essential supplies like WD-40 and white vinegar on hand to make simple fixes throughout your home.
  • Maintaining your property will provide you with a more livable home and may also give you a return on investment when you plan to sell.

When it comes to certain repairs, there is no need to shell out unnecessary money on a contractor. Here's a list of seven fixes that every homeowner should know how to do on their own.

1. Annoying doors

Whether they're creaking or sticking, a little door maintenance can go a long way. Before you call for repair, try these helpful tips:

  • Tighten all screws
  • Replace old door hinges
  • Add some lubricant (like WD-40) to your doors

These recommendations all aim to help your doors open smoothly. While you’re at it, inspect door locks and knobs. It may be time to replace your door hardware if they’re showing signs of aging, such as worn-down locks or deteriorating metal.

2. Cracked tile

If your bathroom tiles are breaking, it’s time to get out your hammer and chisel! This task is a little more complicated, but it can easily be achieved so long as you have extra matching tiles on hand. Here’s a basic tutorial outlining how to fix a cracked tile.

3. Old shower heads

As mineral deposits and sediment accumulates over time, waterflow from your shower head could be inhibited. Before you head to the hardware store for replacement parts, spray and scrub your shower head with distilled white vinegar. This will help to remove any offending buildup.

4. Outdated light fixtures

A new light fixture can really spruce up a room. Rather than calling a contractor to install new fixtures, homeowners can often replace outdated light fixtures at a fraction of the cost. Simply gather a screwdriver, circuit tester and some pliers and you’ll be one step closer to upgraded lights. Remember to turn off power from the circuit box prior to disconnecting wires and to brush up on the color-pairing of wires. You may also want a second set of hands nearby to help.

5. Furnace filters

Most homeowners are afraid of touching their furnace. However, each unit requires routine furnace maintenance. When it comes down to it, changing the furnace filter is nothing to worry about. This video provides an overview on filter replacement; check your owner’s manual for specific directions on your exact unit.

6. Leaky faucets

Not only will a dripping faucet run up your water bill, it could also lead to other major issues. With a wrench and screwdriver, tightening up your faucet is straightforward and simple. Here’s a simple how-to guide.

7. Holes in walls

Spackling a hole will make you feel like you have superpowers. Simply fill the (small) hole with spackle, sand it down until it’s smooth with the wall, paint the wall to match, and you’re done.

Grab your tools!

Whether you’re working on a fixer-upper property or repairing minor dings in your home, be sure to keep these tips in your back pocket. Hint: It also helps to have the right tool for the job.

And remember, if you’re preparing to sell, we’re here to help. Reach out to Edina Realty or one of our agents for more insights on how to spruce up your home before it goes on the market.

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