When it comes to home repairs, it’s important to recognize your limits, know what calls for a professional, and handle what you can on your own. While there are some jobs that always call for a pro, there are others that most people can handle on their own. Here are six home repair jobs that you should never pay someone else to handle.
A Minor Fix on an Appliance
Whether you’ve broken the handle on the refrigerator or the burner on your grill stopped working, you may be able to fix those yourself. Parts for small appliance repair are readily available, and making the repairs will save you money over buying a new unit or calling in a repairman.
Scratches in Wood Flooring
The home improvement stores sell special kits that allow you to easily fill and camouflage scratches in wood flooring. They cost less than $20, and you won’t have to wait for a repairman to come do the work
Garage Door Not Closing
If the kids were playing in the garage and door won’t close now, chances are good it’s just misaligned sensors. There’s no need to call in a garage service company. Look at the trajectory of the sensors and correct them so they line up. The door should start working again after that.
Broken Ceramic Tiles
It takes a little work, but you can replace that tile yourself. View tutorials online to see the work in action, but it just comes down to patience and elbow grease. Remove the grout around the tile, break the tile to remove large pieces, scrape away any residual glue and clean the floor. You can now use a small container of mastic to set a new tile in place, and then replace the grout to complete the project.
Torn Vinyl Flooring
A tear in the vinyl floor is frustrating, but you don’t have to replace the entire floor. Smooth out the tear and any wrinkles with your hands. Use a silicone-base seam sealer to fill the tear and hold the damaged piece in place. Wipe away the excess and continue enjoying the floor. The tears are easiest to repair when they first occur, so keep a close eye on your floors for damage.
Replace Old Caulk
Caulk wears down over time and will have to be replaced. The good news is that you don’t have to call the carpenter for this work. Rub some adhesive remover on the caulk and allow it to soak in. Remove the old caulk, and then clean the area using a putty knife and some more adhesive remover. Once it’s clean and dry, you can replace the caulk.
When it’s time to upgrade the electric panel or search for a hidden water leak, you need to call in the professionals. However, there are plenty of small repairs that you can handle yourself to save money and take more pride in your home. These are just a few of the home fixes that you should never pay the professionals to do.
Author Bio: Brionna Kennedy is native to the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Washington, then moving down to Oregon for college. She enjoys writing on fashion and business, but any subject will do, she loves to learn about new topics. When she isn’t writing, she lives for the outdoors. Oregon has been the perfect setting to indulge her love of kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking.