Owning a home can come with a lot more responsibility than renting. Instead of being able to call a landlord to handle issues around the house, it’s up to you to fix them—and depending what the issue is, it can be costly. But learning a few useful tips and tricks yourself cannot just help you save money and time—it can also help you develop skills and become a more confident homeowner.
So armed with those skills, these are the DIYs that every homeowner should know.
Replacing Furnace Filters
Beginner DIYers may not want to get too involved with projects that involve furnaces or water heaters, but the one thing you should know how to do is replace furnace filters. Replacing furnace filters should be done every year. It can help keep your HVAC system in good working order and working efficiently, and as an added bonus, it also helps keep dust out of the air in your home. Whether you have furnace filters that can be cleaned or need to replace them each year with new ones, this is one of the best things you can do for your home.
Painting a Wall
Painting is one of the easiest DIYs you can do, and one that has the biggest impact on your home. Every homeowner should know how to paint, but there’s a bit more to it than just dipping a paint brush in a can of paint and putting it on the wall. Make sure you also know how to use painter’s tape to protect baseboards and other fixtures, learn the right way to use a roller or paint brush for a smooth finish, and how to choose a color that actually looks good in your space.
Replacing a Faucet
Whether your faucet is broken or you just want to upgrade an old and dated fixture, replacing a faucet is one of the first things you should learn as a homeowner. And this skill can help you improve your kitchen, bathroom, and even laundry room. It’s also a good idea to know how to fix a leaky faucet, in case your current one can be salvaged.
Installing Wall Shelves
From the living room to the office to the bedroom, closet, and even the garage, wall shelves are a practical and attractive item storage solution for your home. Installing wall shelves can be trickier than hanging a painting, but it’s something that even beginner DIYers can do. Installing wall shelves involves a few handy tools and skills, like finding the studs in a wall, using the right wall anchors for the weight of the shelf, and using a screwdriver.