As homeowners, we’re always looking for ways to fix the problem without spending a huge chunk of our savings. Luckily, there are a few great do-it-yourself tricks that will not only help you repair your home, but also prevent future issues from occurring. That means savings for you and peace of mind in the long run.
DIY Tip #1 – Stay Organized
A clean workspace can not only help you find what you need, but also encourage you to pursue DIY projects. Make sure your tools are easily visible to help with those small repairs and prevent any duplicate purchases for things you already have.
You can find a great list of tools every homeowner should have to complete money-saving projects in a pinch.
DIY Tip #2 – Rent Single Use Tools
Some projects are more costly than others, mainly due to the tools needed to complete them. Don’t be afraid to rent from home improvement stores or rental professionals. They’ll not only give you the tools you need for a fraction of the purchase price, but will also explain how to properly use them.
Consider renting tools such as platforms, hammer drills and tile saws.
DIY Tip #3 – Save Leftover Materials
After completing a home improvement project, be sure to save those leftover screws, bolts and nails. This way, if you ever need one more, you don’t have to purchase an entire pack from the local hardware store. Store them in clear containers or plastic bags for easy retrieval and storage.
DIY Tip #4 – Labor and Materials
For major repairs that cannot be done yourself, it is still possible to save some money. Ask the installers how much it would cost for materials to complete the project and an exact list of what is needed. Then, shop around and see if you can find any better deals. This is ideal for materials like wood, tiles and major appliances.
You can also do part of the project yourself before a professional takes over. Skilled do-it-yourselfers can remove loosely attached objects, such as fixtures and wall-mounts, before handing over the project to a professional.
DIY Tip #5 – Get Cheaper Paint
We’re not talking about sacrificing quality paint for a couple dollars. Ask your local hardware store if they have any paint that was incorrectly colored or a customer did not want. You may score a better deal and find a color you like. If this is not possible, opt for paint that does not require many coats, and therefore needs less product to finish the job.
DIY Tip #6 – Preventative Maintenance
Proper care and maintenance can extend the life of your home and its major components, as well as save time and money in the future. Consider some of the following easy measures you can do throughout the year:
- Clean your gutters twice a year to prevent buildup and frozen pipes
- Insulate your home and water pipes to save energy and money
- Check all windows and doors that lead outdoors to prevent air leaks
- Periodically check your roof for any damage and make small repairs when needed
Let us know what DIY repairs you do to keep your home in the best condition possible!