Do you have some repairs that need to be made around the house? Use this time to work on minor tasks that you’ve been putting off. You can still order parts, or better yet, fix things with just the elbow grease you already have at home! It can be as simple as replacing any burnt-out lightbulbs or, if you’re up for a challenge, try fixing that leaky sink or patching up any holes in the walls. Don’t wait until you’re ready to sell. Use your extra free time to get started on these 10 DIY projects now.
1. Replace Burnt Out Lightbulbs
Walk around your home and take an inventory of which light bulbs need to be replaced, both indoors and outside. This is an easy task that can make your home feel more bright and inviting. Learn how to pick the best lightbulb for each room.
2. Fix Leaking Pipes
If you have a leaking plumbing pipe, it’s important to fix it before it causes serious damage. Leaks are common around drains, sinks, toilets, bathtubs and showers. Here is how you can fix each of these leaks.
3. Patch Any Holes in the Walls
Any knicks in the wall from moving furniture or holes from multiple attempts trying to hang a painting? Take some time to fill those holes with a fast-drying spackle or joint compound, and then paint over them to give your wall a smooth look. You can save time fixing larger holes by using a self-adhesive patch and joint compound. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to repair a wall with holes of various shapes and sizes.
4. Revive a Dead Lawn
It doesn’t have to cost you a fortune to get a bright green, perfectly manicured lawn. You can bring any dead patches back to life with some grass seed, lawn food, water, and some care. Growing a lush lawn is about knowing what to give the grass and when to give it. Fresh green grass will enhance your home’s curb appeal in the front yard and create a great space for entertaining in the backyard.
5. Fix Loud Cabinet Doors & Drawers
Use peel-and-stick bumpers on cabinet doors or drawers that bang shut to minimize the sound. The key is to make sure the area is clean before applying the bumper so that it will stick. You can get a pack of 75 for just a few dollars on Amazon.
6. Clean a Smelly Washing Machine or Dishwasher
If your washing machine has started having a strange smell, run a cycle with a mold-killing tablet and leave the door open to dry for a bit. You can clean a bad-smelling dishwasher in a similar way. Start by cleaning food scraps from the tub and run a cycle with just a dishwasher cleaner.
7. Replace Old Doors
Upgrade your home’s look by replacing any worn-out doors inside. Swapping out and hanging a new door is easier than you would think. This video shows you how to install an interior door on your own with the right tools. Changing your door handles is another easy way to improve your home’s appearance.
8. Weatherstrip Exterior Doors
Check your exterior doors to see if there is any light escaping beneath them. If there is, chances are that air is also getting out. You can fix this by taking self-adhesive rubber foam weatherstripping and sealing all outside doors. This article will show you exactly how to do it.
9. Caulk and Grout Your Bathroom
Recaulking a bathtub or shower and regrouting wall tiles may seem like a daunting job, but it can easily be done at home without help from a pro. Make sure to repair any missing caulk around the bathtub or broken grout in order to avoid water damage.
10. Treat Hard-Water Buildup on Faucets
You can easily remove hard-water buildup on your faucet with this simple trick. All you need is half of a lemon, a small plastic bag, and a rubber band. Put the lemon on the end of the faucet and wrap the plastic band around it. Secure everything with the rubber band. Remove the lemon after a few hours and you’ll be good to go!
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