Home repair is something that many homeowners are scared about. That’s why some people are delaying their home repairs to save up some money, but end up having to pay more due to severe damages a few years later.
Some of you may have already heard about the 1% rule, but that rule doesn’t apply to everyone. If you’re looking for some ways to save a lot of money on home repairs, I have some easy tips for you. Hopefully, these tips can help you finally get that home repair you’ve been waiting for and still able to afford other expenses.
Use bleach to clean a water stain
Before you start repainting your walls or ceilings, you must make sure there is no water stain anywhere. To do that you can mix bleach and water solution (10% bleach), and wait for one or two days. See if you can completely remove the water stain.
Older water stains might need longer to remove. And it’s a good idea to use mildew and mold remover, which you can get from a grocery store.
Repaint the walls
Are you trying to freshen the room and make it look new? The cheapest way to do that is by repainting the walls. Switching up the color from white to a trendy bright grey could turn old rooms into new ones.
With a combination of primer and paint, you can paint an entire room with a gallon or less paint. Get the best paint roller that you can get to be more efficient with the paint you have
Repair any holes
Holes in the walls, doors, window frames, etc. are a pain to look at. You need to repair those holes as soon as possible. But to do that you don’t need to spend a lot of money or calling a handy contractor. All you need is a setting compound to repair small holes. For larger holes, you can cut out the damaged sections and replace them with new drywall.
Insulate water heater and pipes
Your water heater could lose its heat very quickly and unnoticed until you feel cold in the winter. Try touching your water heater and determine whether it needs insulation or not. If it feels warm on the outside, you might need to insulate it.
Insulating your water heater is also cheap, it probably costs you around $20. Get a pre-cut fiberglass insulation jacket or foam insulators to insulate your water heater for cheap.
Fix toilet leaks immediately
Toilet leaks are fairly easy to fix, as long as those leaks are small and fixed immediately. Check your toilet and see if there are any leaks. Usually, these leaks are obvious and very noticeable. Sometimes, your toilet can leak from the tank into the toilet, which can cost you a lot of money on the water bill.
Fixing your toilet leaks could be very simple, there are many videos online that you can watch to learn how to do it. Or, you can call a plumber to fix the problem.
If you can see light coming in from underneath the doors, that means air is also escaping. It’s time to fix the issue by weatherstripping. Get a few packages of self-adhesive rubber foam weatherstripping and seal all the gaps. Prioritize doors that lead outside and you’re good.
If weatherstripping is already installed, but your gas bill is still high, that means you need to replace the strips.
Restore your deck
No one likes a filthy and moldy deck. And you’d be surprised how cheap it is to restore your deck. Don’t be hasty and replace the boards, because you can simply coat them with restoration coating, and they will look like new,
Feed your lawn
Let’s not forget about the lawn. Go to a local hardware store or plant nursery and with only $25 worth of supplies, you can restore your lawn. Spend a few hours and watch the grass grow. This tip is especially useful if your lawn is mostly grass.
There are plenty of ways to save up money on home repairs. Don’t be hasty to replace everything or hire a handy contractor. See if you can take care of your problem by shopping for cheap supplies and taking care of it yourself.