Quick and Easy Home Repair and Maintenance Tips that you can do Yourself

When you own your own home it will come in handy if you should have a little bit of knowledge when it comes to home repairs.  Some stuff that can break down in a home can be fixed by you.  To hire a handyman to fix something that will take only ten minutes, a screwdriver and a hammer can be costly.

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Tips on a few quick and easy Home Repairs:

Vinyl doors and windows that are difficult to operate: This can happen when dirt gets sticky where the door of window slides open and shut.  Even when cleaned it may still cause a problem.  Try spraying lubricant, dry PTFE spray lubricant, on all the points that makes contact and then wipe off with a cloth.  Do not use normal oil lubricants.  They gather dirt that can get sticky.

Fix wobbly pipes and showerheads: All these wobbly stuff needs is a few squirts of expanding foam.  The foam forms an encasing around the loose part and when drying expands and locks the pipe, etc. in place.  No more wobbling.

Keep wooden Cabinet doors closed: that cabinet or even closet door that like to hang open a bit, you can fix this by installing a magnetic door catch.  Easy to install, and it will keep the doors closed.

Get rid of Water stains on the Ceiling: Repainting the whole ceiling to cover one water-stain might not be necessary.  Before painting, try spraying the stained spot with a water and bleach solution.  (Solution should contain 10 % bleach)  Wait a day or more to see if it disappears.  When the stain is older, you might need a mildew and mould remover.

Use Dishwashing Liquid to Unclog a Toilet: When the toilet plunger is not getting the job done, try dishwashing liquid.  Use a ½ cup of the liquid soap and squirt it in the toilet bowl.  Let it sit for a while.  The soap will make the friction, less, and the contents of the bowl can slide down the pipe.

Try these few simple solutions to the Home Repairs that is giving you a headache.

Best Advice on how to choose a Handyman, Home Repair Company

When your home needs a little tender love and care which you cannot provide yourself, you will need a Home Repair company, or Handyman to help you out.  But, you would not trust just anyone fixing stuff in your house or yard; you want someone that is trustworthy, professional and capable of completing this work in the best way possible.

Advice on how to Choose a Home Repair Company or Handyman:

Start by looking in the right places; which the telephone book might not be.  Telephone registers might be outdated, the biggest advertisement company could be distinct by the time you decide on them.  Rather try searching on review websites.  The information is up to date and you can get reviews of different companies or persons.  You can also ask around for references.

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Friends, family, neighbours, at the library, are all smart places to get information.  Word of mouth is a good place to get real facts about real experiences with home repair.

The community bulletin board is also a good place to find local home repair businesses and handyman.  These message boards can be found at the grocery store, community centres and sometimes, online.

Interview the companies, persons, contractors that you feel might be right for you; not all home repair businesses can handle everything that is seen as home repairs.  Some do the bigger repairs and others specialize more in appliances.  Have them come see what needs to be done and then provide you with a written quote.  You can also ask them to supply you with references to work they had completed before.

Check all licence numbers and that they are registered at the correct institutions.  They should carry public liability insurance as well as workman’s compensation.

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You can also call the references they gave for work done before, and you can even go look at it personally.

Take all information into account and make an informed decision when choosing your Home Repair Company or Handyman; but also; never choose the ones that promise you the world.

Never go for the lowest bid.

Make sure you receive a detailed plan of what they are going to do, and when they are going to do what.  You will also need a time schedule on how long the work will take.

Keep a good eye on the work being done and do not pay anything before the work are being done to your specifications.

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Should I Repair or Replace? 5 Questions you should ask before answering this one

Everything in a home has an expiry date.  Your home itself can have an expiry date, or to be more specific, the materials that form your home might need attention.  Some items are easier to replace, but, for the bigger things, you should ask yourself a few questions first before deciding on repairs and replacement.

The oven does not warm up, the freezer does not freeze anymore, the washing machine won’t spin and pump water, and so many more household machines can break down.  Fixing it might be expensive, but these major home appliances can have major prices which can cost you near an arm and a leg.

5 Questions to get answered before you can decide on replacing or repairing:

What will be the Cost of Repairs? If the cost to repair the appliance or item is more than 50% of the cost of a new one, you should rather consider replacing it.  It can happen that the model of the appliance is not on the market anymore, and replacing defective parts can become almost impossible.  You should still consider the logistics and costs of getting the new appliance delivered and install.

What is the Age of the Appliance? When an appliance reaches the halfway mark of its expected life-span, and the repair work will cost you more than half of the original price, you should consider replacing the appliance.

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Can an Appliance become too old? When you think about replacing an older appliance, you can look at the expected, average year count for household appliances, for example:Dishwasher – 9 yearsDryer – 13 yearsFreezer – 11 years

Microwave – 9 years

Refrigerator – 13 years

These are only a few examples of appliances’ lifespan years.  The life-span can also be influenced by the amount of usage it had to endure, and also of regular maintenance.  When the appliance is still new when in need of repairs, you should check if it might still be under warranty.

Will better, regular maintenance, extends an Appliances’ life? Through adopting a regular maintenance practice, you can probably prolong the lifespan of an appliance.

Should I replace all Appliances when Changing the Style of my Home? When you need to replace an item and decided on a more modern look that will not fit your old style; you might think about replacing more than one item.  In this instance, it will be better to replace everything at once.  If you do it one by one, the first items changed might already be old again, when you replace the last ones.

With the questions answered, you can now make an informed decision on repair or replace.