If you are a little handy and need to get out of debt, DIY home repairs can help you save money. Between YouTube and Google, there are a ton of free resources available to learn how to tackle home repairs yourself.
3 Easy DIY Home Repairs to Save Money
There is no denying some jobs need certified plumbers, electricians, and mechanics. However, there are plenty of smaller DIY home repairs that could be done by you or me if we put a little effort into it. Remember, saving money is important, but don’t attempt any project you are not comfortable doing! As a result, it will most likely cost you more in the end.
Replacing a Faucet
A bathroom or kitchen faucet is one repair that can fall into the DIY sphere. In fact, Lowes gives specific step-by-step instructions and a video on how to replace a bathroom faucet. Here is a quick rundown of the steps:
- Turn off the water supply
- Disconnect supply lines
- Remove the old faucet
- Remove the old drain
- Install new faucet and drain
By skipping the plumber, you may have saved yourself a few hundred bucks and are that much closer to getting out of debt. Plus, you learned something new along the way.
Appliances may seem intimidating. Your first instinct might even be to just buy a whole new one. Stop right there. What if you could fix the one you have and save a ton of money?
One Talking Cents writer saved $400 by taking on a DIY washing machine repair. He almost succumbed to the stress and pressure of spending a small fortune. Instead, he took a moment and was able to do the repair himself.
Patching Drywall Holes
Patching drywall is another of the DIY home repairs that people often find overwhelming. However, it does require some finesse to make sure the wall looks good again. If you have nail holes to repair, there are only a few steps and materials to this process. It basically goes like this:
- Clean the area
- Apply spackle with a putty knife
- Use sandpaper to make sure it’s flat
- Reapply paint
For a small hole, cut out drywall mesh and cover the hole. Apply joint compound, sand and repaint. To take on a small or medium sized drywall hole repair, you probably need the following tools:
- Putty knife
- Spackle/joint compound
- Drywall tape
- Drywall Mesh
For more instructions, see Lowes Drywall Patch Guide.
Pocket the money you would have dished out for labor, and use it to get out of debt. These are just a few of the household repairs that you can do yourself. Finally, if you come across an issue in your home that needs attention, try doing a little research to find out if you can do it, or if it’s best to hire a professional.