If you have a middle schooler, you know that YouTube is probably being played 24 hours a day your house, but while they might use it to watch gamers and silly shows, you can actually use it to fix just about anything in your house. Before spending tons of money on a handyman, see if you can do these eight simple fixes throughout your house by yourself.
#1. Change a lightbulb.
How many people does it take to change a lightbulb? It should only take you. It depends on where the light bulbs are in your house, but chances are, a simple light fixture can easily be swapped out but if you don't have the right light changing equipment you could risk a fall or broken glass so if it's taller than 20 feet in the air, get a pro to handle it.
Weatherstripping and caulking around door frames and window frames is a great way to seal up your home for the winter. The last thing you want is for the warm air in your house to get out or cold air to come in making your energy bills skyrocket. This is an easy thing to do by simply buying weatherstripping that has a sticky side and a non-sticky side in a role in the cut the appropriate link for doors and windows.
#3. Installing a light fixture.
Yes, this is a little bit more complicated than a lightbulb, but most light fixtures, as long as you can easily reach them, should be fairly simple to put in, especially if you are replacing an existing one. The key is to remember to turn off of the electricity to that outlet so this might be a two-person job depending on where your electrical box is.
#4. Hanging shelves.
Frames are easy to hang up, especially when you use those command strips but shelving might be a little bit more tricky. However, most come with all the equipment necessary and if you're going to hang a heavier shelf or put heavier things on the shelves, remember to use drywall anchors.
#5. Painting and prep.
Painting a room or even just one large wall with an accent color is a great way to add new life to a room but a lot of homeowners think that they need to pay someone for that. As long as you have the tools on hand such as brushes, rollers, and drop cloths, painting and prepping for painting can be easy. When should you call a pro? Exterior painting or power washing might need a professional's touch.
#6. Patching holes.
Whether you are in the paint prep process or you're just looking to freshen up a room, patching holes is easy. Simply scrape peeling paint from the whole to even it out, put spackling paste in its place, smooth it down, and paint over it.
#7. Leaky faucet.
A leaky faucet can be easily fixed with a washer change or even just tightening. You might need to shut off the water completely, put new tape around the threads, or simply do a few tightening with a wrench. The tricky part is finding the right size washer for your faucet. But, any major plumbing problem should probably be handled by the Pro.
#8. Assembling furniture.
IKEA is the king of assembled furniture but you don't need a professional to help you do this. Only if you're ordering a custom piece of furniture from a specialty carpenter, you should be able to put together anything else but remember, take your time, make sure you have all the equipment laid out ahead of time, and you are organized. Nothing can cause more marital spat then assembling furniture together.
With a few home and tools, you can easily tackle a lot of these issues that are common as a homeowner.