Home repairs can often seem daunting and end up costing you a fortune. But they don’t have to be.
It is easy to hop online and hire the first contractor you see to help you get the job done quickly. However, with a little time and effort, there are many DIY tasks that are easy enough to complete by yourself that can save you a lot of money now and in the future.
Here are 6 easy home repair or preventative tasks for you to try, guaranteed to save you money.
#1 Remove marks from walls
Whether it’s from an accidental scrape across the wall or your kids have gone at it with crayons, a simple DIY solution to removing marks from the walls is a small baking soda solution. Simply mix a little baking soda with some water to create a paste and wipe the wall with an old piece of cloth.
#2 Bathroom water stains
There is no need to get in a plasterer or repaint your bathroom ceiling to get rid of water stains. Simply grab your bleach and mix 10% of it with water, and spray over the spot. After 1-2 days the spot should disappear. If you have a lot of mold or mildew on your ceiling, you can opt for a cheap supermarket solution to help get rid of and prevent it.
Insulation can save you a lot of money by reducing your energy bills and doesn’t have to be hard or expensive to install either. Locate the key spaces in your home that are particularly drafty and it will only take a few hours with spray foam or insulation roll to fix, that you can purchase from a local hardware store.
#4 Weatherproof your home
Without proper protection, your home can cost you a fortune if it gets damp or outdoor pipes to corrode. However, you don’t have to pay through the roof for a contractor. There are many DIY solutions to help you protect your home from unpredictable weather, including damp proof paint to prevent water damage, Denso tape to protect exposed pipes, and self-adhesive rubbers to seal doors and windows.
#5 Feed your lawn
There’s no need to replace your entire lawn if it is looking a little lifeless. Feeding your lawn with fertilisers and seed spreaders is a simple and cost-effective solution to bringing your lawn back to life. Most local hardware stores supply these products, which can have your grass greener than ever within just a few days.
#6 Household sewer cleaners
Backed-up sewage pipes are more common than you think and are not the nicest task to have to resolve. It can also be costly (not to mention unpleasant) when calling a contractor out to come and fix the issue. The best thing to do is to take preventative steps, that can save you a lot of money in plumbing repairs down the line. Use a simple home or cheap supermarket sewer cleaner solution down the drain every month or two to prevent backups and clogs.
These are just a few of the simple, DIY steps you can take to save you money now and in the future.