Many homeowners such as yourself try their absolute best to keep a clean, beautiful and functional home, but the reality is that, well, things break down all the time. It’s just nature, but you can avoid replacing them time and again if you acquire some basic home repairs skills that everyone should afford to have.
If you want to feel more in control of your house or simply want to save some money, you should definitely learn home renovation skills; start off simple and work your way up to more complex projects. There are plenty of resources online and your city should definitely have a few 4-weeks handyman courses for you to enroll in, but the following skills are the ones you should focus on first. Good luck!
Installing shelves on your wall
Everyone needs more shelves. Why? Because everyone has too much stuff, and it can’t all just lay around forever. That’s why it’s important to learn how to properly install new shelves on drywall, which is actually pretty easy but you’ll need to anchor them with the right size anchors. Otherwise, you’ll see your precious knickknacks fall to the floor and maybe even damage your wall, which can lead to a pretty embarrassing talk with your landlord.
Fixing a toilet
We’d like to start off this entry by saying that we totally recommend hiring a professional plumber to fix, well, all your serious plumbing issues, or you’ll risk causing further damage if you’re not sure what you’re doing. But if the problem is located entirely within your toilet, then it might pay off to know how to get it back into shape yourself; from replacing a wax ring to repairing any part of the valve, it’s all super easy to learn and (if done properly) can save you a lot of money.
Patching a hole in the wall
It might sound like a tall order but patching up small and medium holes in your drywall is actually not so complex that you can’t do it on your own. Yes, you’ll definitely need the right materials and follow instructions to a tee, and there’s no way around those, but good results are pretty simple to achieve. Just be careful and know exactly what the utility placement on your home is; if you want to be extra safe, cut the power out before starting your repairs. And, as with any DIY project, wear protective gloves, goggles, and a dust mask.
Fixing a loose or cracked tile
A wobbly tile is a future broken tile, there’s no way around it, but it’s also a minor problem that you can take care of before it actually gets worse. If the tile is already loose enough that you can lift it (or it’s a wall tile that already fell off), then replacing it is pretty simple with the right materials, but if it hasn’t come out yet, you’ll need to follow a separate set of instructions to actually get it to come off. Don’t worry; it requires more patience than delicate handling.
Fixing a leaky faucet
A leaking faucet is probably in the top-five most common problems that any homeowner will face in their life. Depending on that kind of faucet you have, the repairing details will vary, but the basic process will remain the same, so fixing a leak can become second nature to you once you get the hang of it. Just remember to always turn off your water both from the sink and the mainline, or you’ll be facing a mess of water at the very least, which can turn into mold if it gets into hard to reach places.
There are many more basic home repair skills that are pretty easy to learn on your own, but these are perhaps the ones that you’ll get the most mileage from, especially if you’re an accident-prone person. And, if you’re also prone to making a mess while learning new skills, you can get professionals to do the real hard work: Cleaning afterward.