When it comes to owning a home, there are many things that can make it more expensive than renting. Home repairs come in at the top for household expenses, usually, though. If there are ways to make some minor adjustments and save thousands of dollars, why wouldn’t you do it? I know I would, and have many times. So, here are a few of the easy tricks I have learned throughout the years to help save on home repairs.
Electricity is a biggie that a lot of people are afraid to touch. Now, please note there are certain things that you should hire an electrician to do. These things either require a permit being pulled or are simply much more in-depth than your basic level of knowledge. If whatever electrical fix or change you are trying to make is too uncomfortable for you, then simply don’t do it.
But, there are a lot of smaller electrical fixes we can work on ourselves, as homeowners, that can actually save on home repairs. Not only on the fix itself but also on our electric usage, which then reduces our monthly electric bill. I happen to be a huge fan of this!
Some of the easiest electrical fixes, that you can DIY, include:
- Changing out electrical outlets
- Replacing an electrical outlet box
- Repairing a 3-Way light switch
- Installing a junction box
- Putting in a new ceiling fan
- Checking for all wires being connected correctly, so as to avoid a potential fire hazard
- Testing circuit breakers for proper functionality
- Replacing a bad circuit breaker
- Installing a new smart thermostat
- Repair a broken doorbell
If you click on an item on the list then it will take you to an easy step-by-step video as to how you can complete this task yourself, and save a lot of money in the process.
Some of the best tools to have on hand for anything DIY electrical are:
- Electric drill
- Electrical tape
- Screwdriver (usually a Phillips head)
- Tape measure
- Wire nuts
I keep all of these things on hand regularly because you just never know what you are going to run across when you begin playing with electricity.
Plumbing is another area where a lot of household repairs end up needing to be made. This is simply due to the fact that there are so many different pipes and structures in our homes that require plumbing. In time, a lot of the internal pieces and parts of these things start to go bad and have to be replaced. But that doesn’t mean you have to necessarily hire a plumber. Save money on repairs and give it a try yourself.
A lot of them are fairly easy fixes that don’t cost a lot of money, or time, to fix. However, just like with electrical issues, if you are uncomfortable with the potential repair, then it’s time to hire a plumber. But trying to do it yourself first can help save you a ton of money overall.
I have repaired a lot of plumbing issues in my own homes throughout the years and am glad that I was able to since plumbers are expensive.
Some of the best, and easiest, plumbing repairs are:
- Replace the guts in a toilet tank
- Replace a toilet
- Fix a leaky sink faucet
- Replace a sink
- Fix a sink stopper
- Unclog a tub
- Clear a showerhead for better stream
- Repair a garbage disposal
- Repair a minor pipe leak
- Replace a p-trap
While some of these fixes are a bit more difficult than others, they can all be pretty simple to achieve. Although, some of them can definitely be more time consuming and frustrating!
Whenever I fix anything that has to do with an actual plumbing line, I always put down a paper towel or towel for at least 24 hours of regular use to ensure that there are no leaks.
The best tools to have on hand to fix regular plumbing issues are:
- Hydrogen peroxide & vinegar (I use this regularly to keep my tub and sink lines clear. Plus it is a fun experiment to do with kids!)
- Locking pliers
- Metal file
- Plumber’s putty
- Plumber’s tape
- Plumbing wrench (This is one of my favorite tools!)
- Screwdriver (usually a Phillips head)
- Small metal snake
- Socket wrench
- Waterproof silicone caulk and caulk gun
Painting is another fairly easy repair or job to perform in your home that doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. This is especially true when the manufacturer of certain paint products happens to be having rebates on their products. I just got one for the paint I purchased for my patio a couple of months ago, which made the cost of the whole project only around $30. Of course, it took me a few days time to get everything done, so there was a lot of sweat equity involved.
But painting something can drastically update the look of your property, as well as help, protect certain areas against faster wear and tear. This only assists with increasing the longevity of your home, which means it can cost you less over the life of homeownership.
A lot of the most common things you can paint fairly inexpensively are:
If you decide a job is simply too big for you, or you don’t have the tools to get the job done effectively, then that is when a professional painter would come in. Two examples of this are my shutters outside and a large balloon wall in my entry foyer that I just don’t have a ladder tall enough to reach.
If you are able to do all of the painting jobs yourself though, it will cost you a whole lot less in the long run!
Here are the basic tools you should have on hand for painting jobs:
- Dropcloth or plastic sheeting (I use old beach towels for most jobs)
- Large and small paint roller
- Multiple sizes of paint brushes
- Paint can opener
- Paint tray
- Painter’s tape
- Stirrer stick
DIY Home Repairs
Overall, there are so many different projects around your home that you can take part in. Some of these can take up a lot of your time. Only you can decide how much your time is worth and how much your household budget can support. If you are able, and comfortable, taking on electrical, plumbing or painting work on your own you can really save on home repairs. Then that money can be used in other places that might be more important to you.
Plus, you get the satisfaction of knowing that you were able to save on home repairs by doing your own work and made your home even better for it. What’s not to love about that?
What are some of the best home repairs you have engaged in that have saved you a ton of money?