No matter how handy or not you happen to be, there are a number of simple things you can fix around your house without the need to call in a professional. So many of us let things go simply because we feel as though they are beyond us to fix. The problem is that if you let many of these problems go for too long, they tend to reach the point where your only choice is to call in a professional. Here are 5 simple fixes anyone can do:
- Get rid of that peeling wallpaper: Wallpaper is still one of the most popular forms of wall covering in many homes here in Southern California. However, when it starts to peel up at the edges, it becomes unsightly leading many to consider completely repapering or stripping and painting. You can fix a peeling edge by smearing wallpaper paste on a piece of ordinary paper, sliding the paper glue side up under the peeling edge and then pressing down on the wallpaper while pulling the sheet of paper out. Then simply smooth out any bubbles and wipe any excess glue off with a damp cloth.
- Dusty Chandeliers: From dining room chandeliers to fancy ceiling fans, cleaning the bulbs and crystals can be challenging. One good way to clean the entire fixture is to don a pair of white cotton gloves. You keep one dry and then spray the other with glass cleaner. First use the damp glove to wipe the dust and dirt away. Then use the dry glove to dry and polish the bulbs and crystals.
- No More Stained Tub: A stained tub can be quite unsightly and something that can be fixed without replacing it or paying someone to completely refinish it. Create your own cleaning compound by mixing equal parts baking soda and cream of tartar with just enough lemon juice to create a paste. Rub this mixture into the stain using a soft cloth or your fingers. Let the mixture remain in place for half an hour or longer if necessary and then rinse away the paste and the stain with water.
- Fix Scuffs in Your Linoleum: Linoleum continues to be a very popular floor covering, but over time it can become scuffed, especially in high traffic areas. While these scuffs can be ugly, they can easy be fixed without having to replace the linoleum. First, rub the scuffed spot using white toothpaste and a soft cloth or an eraser or you can use WD-40 and a towel. Then wash the area gently to remove any greasiness using water and dish soap. This will remove most scuff marks as long as they have not penetrated the finish.
- No One Likes a Squeaky Door: It’s true, no one wants to listen to squeaky doors, especially when others in the house are trying to sleep. There are three easy ways to get rid of the squeak. Try spraying the hinges with WD-40 and working the door back and forth to help the oil penetrate the hinge. You can also try rubbing the hinges with petroleum jelly or if all fails pull the hinge pins halfway out and then use 3-on-1 oil or something similar to lubricate them.
These quick easy fixes can make life a lot easier and more pleasant around your home. None should take you more than 15 minutes, but they can save you a lot of money by not having to call in a professional. On top of this, they can make your home more fun to live in and if you are selling easier to find a buyer for.