Basic DIY Home Maintenance and Repairs

Your home is your biggest asset so it stands to reason that you want to protect it to the best of your ability.  Protection your home means regular maintenance and fixing and issues as soon as you can.  There are some basic DIY home maintenance and repairs that you can carry out yourself without calling in a specialist or handyman to do it for you.  Let’s have a look at what you should be doing for your home on a regular basis.

Painting

Nothing looks worse than peeling paint either on the inside or outside of your home.  The faster you fix it the less chance you have of damaging your wood.  Get out the scraper and get rid of all of the old peeling paint and put on a fresh coat of new paint.  It is the fastest and cheapest way to give your home a facelift.

Seal Your Windows and Doors

Are your windows letting in cold air in the wintertime or hot air in the summer?  Ideally you would replace them but if that isn’t in the budget then making sure they are properly sealed will save you a fortune on utilities.  Put caulk around your windows and use door sweeps to keep air from coming in under the doors.  Not only will you save money but your house will be much more comfortable.

Clean Up Your Leaves

Clearing up your leaves isn’t just about making the backyard look neat.  Leaves can clog up your rain gutters and cause you all kinds of problems.  Removing the leaves from your roof and gutters can help your roof last longer and keep your gutters in good condition.  If you are not comfortable climbing a ladder to do it yourself then you might want to bring in someone to do it for you.

Basic DIY Home Maintenance and Repairs

Reseal Your Driveway

If you have a paved driveway, and most homes do, then it can get damaged by time and the weather.  If you live anywhere where snow and ice are a regular part of winter then salt can also damage your driveway.  You will start seeing cracks in the drive first and they will eventually get bigger.  You can easily seal it yourself with sealant you can pick up at a local hardware store.  You should reseal your driveway in the fall to protect it from winter damage.

Keep Your Exterior Drains Clear

Flooded basements are never fun, you can take steps to avoid it by making sure that your exterior drains stay clear and pointed away from your home.  These drains, like the gutters can get clogged up with leaves in the fall, make sure they stay clear so they can work the way they should.