Being a homeowner comes with its fair share of baggage that you must be prepared to tackle. Failure of which you may end up with much bigger problems on your hands. Most of the time, homeowners opt to hire professionals for these simple tasks, which costs a pretty penny. However, with a little skill and few DIY video tutorials, you realize that most of these problems are quite simple and easy to fix. Our team compiled a list of simple home improvement skills that you can DIY hiring professional help.
13 Home Improvement Skills a Handyman Must Know
1. Painting A Room
Typically, it’s not as simple as you might think. There are steps that you should take before you give your space a new color. But with a little guidance, you should have all the information and tools needed to give your new space the exact color that complements other home accessories.
2. Replace Your Furnace Filter
It may not be top on your list of priorities, but it is always essential to check your furnace filters monthly. You should change any dirty filters immediately to provide better heating, especially during winter, and conditioning during summer seasons.
3. Hanging Shelves On Drywall
With the right tools and skillset, you can easily hang shelves on your wall freely without worrying about drilling holes in your wall. Proper tools for the job can ensure that you hang your shelves perfectly without compromising the integrity and beauty of your walls.
4. Replacing Moldy Caulk
There are also relatively easy ways of removing caulk from bathtubs, provided you have the tools for the job. You don’t necessarily need to hire a professional for the job if you know the simple steps and procedures to follow.
5. Organize Your Home
There is always the chance of your home being filled with clutter and a lot of disorganized items when moving. However, with good organization, you can create more space in your home and make it look more appealing, beautiful, and safe for children.
6. Fix or Replace Your Door
After some time, your doors are also bound to stick or sag from wear and tear. But provided you know how to tighten and fix any loose hinges and have the right tools, you should be well ahead of this quick fix.
7. Patching A Hole in Your Wall
Nothing can be as big a turnoff in a home as having to stare at a hole or crack in the wall. But even that is an easy fix with a screw gun, dust musk, drywall sander, paintbrush, drywall tape, etc. You can have your wall looking brand new, like nothing ever happened to it.
8. Fixing the Toilet
Toilet problems are among the easiest DIY fixes in a home. In most situations, fixing a clogged toilet, for example, only takes a toilet pump or snake, and sometimes even liquid washing soap to have it running smoothly again. You don’t necessarily need to call the plumber.
9. Set Up Ant Bait Stations
This is the easiest, most effective step to rid your home of ants for good. Simply squishing one or two that you spot won’t do, as there are probably millions more living in or around your home.
10. Know How to Use Pocket Screws
If you plan on DIYing most home repairs, then you should start learning how to use pocket screws. Using a pocket screw to tighten or fix cabinets and other appliances on the wall is simple and relatively easy, but only if you know what to do.
11. Using Ladder Bumpers
Ladder bumpers are an excellent accessory that prevents the edges of your ladder from scratching up the sides of your walls. Old pairs of sneakers strapped on the ladder’s edges using duct tape is a simple DIY process.
12. Eliminate Drain Odor
Pouring a quart of fresh water with a tablespoon of cooking oil can significantly eliminate the smell from the drains by sealing it and holding the drain water in a trap.
13. Unclogging A Sink
Grease and garbage buildup in the sinks can easily clog them. But sometimes very hot water does the trick by liquifying oils that solidify in the pipes. You can also use bacteria that eat away at the garbage or acid to corrode the materials blocking the sink.