Once in a while, your home requires some improvements, but not every form of home improvement requires a complete makeover or a huge budget. Some forms of home improvement only require simple regular maintenance. There are several home improvement tasks you can do without the help of a professional. Here are simple DIY home maintenance tips.
1. Replace your AC filters
You should replace AC air filters once every six months, or once every one or two months if you live with someone who has allergies or you have pets in the house. Changing your AC filters regularly ensures the AC system is not strained, keeps your indoor air clean and healthy, and helps to save on energy costs.
2. Clean the gutters
While it may not be the most enjoyable DIY home maintenance task, it is advisable to clean your gutters at least twice a year. While cleaning the gutters, take that chance to inspect your roof. Check for missing, damaged, or cracked shingles, and contact a professional to re-shingle your roof if necessary.
3. Fix a leaky faucet
You don’t have to get a plumber to fix a leaky faucet. Usually, you just need to replace the rubber washer inside the handle. Turn off your home’s water supply and replace the leaky handle and washer.
4. Fix a leaky toilet
If you are getting high water bills at the end of the month, you probably have a leaky toilet in your home. A leaky toilet is the most common cause of exorbitantly high water bills, and it can waste up to 200 gallons a day. Luckily, it is easy to fix. You just need to replace the spud washer and the rubber gaskets around the tank bolts.
5. Repair wobbly tables and chairs
Wobbly tables and chairs are annoying, to say the least, but it’s easy to steady them. Take them apart, and be sure to label the parts so you could easily put them back together. Use a chisel to get rid of excess glue or wood on the joining parts. Clean the joining parts, re-apply the glue, join the parts together and give the glue time to dry.
6. Window repairs
With time, holes and cracks may start appearing around your windows. Wooden window frames may also rot due to humidity. That’s why it is necessary to inspect your windows, especially in summer, and replace any missing caulking. You should also consider replacing damaged or cracked caulking with a fresh bead.
7. Fix broken door handles and squeaky doors
Broken door handles can leave you locked out of your home or locked in a room, and squeaky doors are irritating. Usually, lubricating the hinges can fix a squeaky door, while door handles are easy to replace.
These are a few easy DIY home maintenance tasks that can get your home into great shape and prevent unexpected breakdowns. Next time you do these tasks, you will be happy not to call a professional and fix things yourself.