Try your hand at some simple solutions

It's as easy as 1, 2, 3: Painting can quickly change the style and feel of your home for a reasonably low cost and is relatively simple to do yourself. Photo: Shutterstock.
It's as easy as 1, 2, 3: Painting can quickly change the style and feel of your home for a reasonably low cost and is relatively simple to do yourself. Photo: Shutterstock.

Maintaining your home can add value to your property and prevent other issues from occurring, but before tackling any home maintenance, ask yourself three questions. Do you know what you're doing or can you learn, do you have time to work on the job and complete it, and do you have the right tools and materials that you need?

If the answer is no then it's best to get some professional assistance, however if the answer is yes, then what are you waiting for? Allow extra time in case there are unexpected issues, have extra materials on hand and and charge any power tools the night before. A quick fix can quickly turn into an expensive mistake so always check before drilling, cutting or digging. Organisations like "Dial Before You Dig" and tools like a stud and power cable finder can save you a lot of time and trouble.

Skill tester: Plumbing may seem difficult but jobs like changing washer and taps or unclogging drains can quickly be mastered. Photo: Shutterstock.

Skill tester: Plumbing may seem difficult but jobs like changing washer and taps or unclogging drains can quickly be mastered. Photo: Shutterstock.

  • Plumbing

After turning the water mains off, simple jobs such as unclogging drains, fixing leaking taps and changing washers can be done yourself. You can also make your home more water efficient by installing garden timers and replacing shower heads.

Simple solutions: If you want to fix things around you home but aren't sure where to start, then go for the easy options and build your way up. Photo: Shutterstock.

Simple solutions: If you want to fix things around you home but aren't sure where to start, then go for the easy options and build your way up. Photo: Shutterstock.

  • Carpentry

Carpentry may seem daunting but there are many jobs you can do such as replacing or repairing items such as skirting boards, framing and walls. Flat pack cupboards are a great way to improve your home while improving your skills.

  • Painting

Not the most fun job given how time consuming and repetitive painting can be but it is the easiest. Make sure all surfaces are prepared properly, cover any flooring or items still in the room and have a cleanup area ready before you start.

SHARE