October 16th, 2015
Welcome to the joys of home ownership. Back when you were a renter, the landlord or management company took care of most everything that needed repairing or maintaining. Now you get to do that. Some of you may feel pretty confident with tools and that’s excellent. But, there’s even some jobs you should think twice about doing.
There are five major tasks you should probably leave to the professionals, unless you are the professional.
If you’ve never done any home repair, then look into starting slowly. Some simple maintenance projects you can try yourself are:
You could replace a sink faucet to update the look. The next step is replacing the whole sink to update a bathroom. If you have an old style sink built into a cabinet but would rather have a pedestal sink, it’s straight forward to remove the old and slip in the new.
Another easier job then it sounds is to replace the wax seal underneath the toilet. Just make sure you have a partner to help you lift the toilet straight up and over so water doesn’t spill out of the tank.
To completely change the look of a room, buy some paint, tarps, tape and brushes and rollers. Just paint the walls and leave the ceiling a different color. Painting a ceiling is a bit more advanced. If you’re going to do the whole room, start with the walls until you’re comfortable with the application process. If it all seems daunting, just paint one wall a bold color. Accent walls are pretty popular these days.
If you’re handy with a sewing machine, you could make some new drapes or curtains to quickly change up a room. You could make matching throw pillows. With a glue gun and some fabric, you could reupholster chairs.
As you feel more comfortable, you could remove old cabinets and replace them with more modern ones. If that’s a leap, start with replacing the fixtures on the cabinets. It changes the look of the kitchen.
The best way to learn depends upon your learning style. Some people prefer hands on instruction that you could get at a hardware store. Others prefer reading books with lots of photographs. And still others prefer watching videos. All three could help you fully understand the scope of the job.
Outside, you could build some raised bed gardens. And you could convert your sprinkler system to drip line irrigation.
You could change out your front door and your doorbell.
And you could change out the type of light switch. If you don’t like the old fashioned style, you could modernize it or add in a dimmer option. Just remember to turn off the electricity first at the fuse box.
Start slowly and build up your skills and the tools in your toolbox and you’ll be an old hand at home repair in no time.