If you’re a homeowner you know that even the perfect dream house, last-minute house fixes pop up that make you want to scream!
Of course, it always happens at the worst possible time too: Right when the kids are already late for school, you can’t find your car keys, and you just spilled orange juice all over your clothes. That’s when the garage door won’t open or the tub falls through the ceiling.
Those are major fixes, but there are a few things that can go wrong that may seem like a big deal, but they really aren’t that bad. In fact, you may be able to fix them yourself and save a LOT of money.
Here are a 3 of our top DIY fixes that can save hundreds if you don’t call a professional. Now, keep in mind we’re not telling you how to fix these, only that it can be done. You should make sure that you know how to fix them before you begin!
Replacing Old Caulk
Caulking around tubs, sinks and toilets is one of the most important sealants in your home. Water is incredibly invasive and mold, mildew and other organisms love it. Without making sure it stays in your plumbing, water can cause major problems that will cost you thousands of dollars!
But if you keep an eye on the caulking in your home, you’ll be able to fix it now and not have a disaster later.
- Cost of Caulk: $1 to $4 for a tube
- Labor Costs: From $25-$130/hour (plus a basic charge from a handyman of $150-$300).
- DIY Savings: Between $24-$296! That’s no joke!
We’re back to worry about water. This time, it’s from water that you can’t control but is going to come no matter what you do. South Florida is basically a tropical swamp, and there is always water in the air or falling from the sky. We’ve all been caught in torrential downpours that last 5 minutes and leave about 2 inches of water in their wake.
Gutters catch and direct that water to safe exits. They make sure the water doesn’t go back into your home. If you let your gutters get clogged or go off angle, that water can once again create huge problems.
Make sure that your gutters are clean and at efficient angles to do what they are supposed to do.
- Cost of Materials: $10-15 dollars for gutter hangers and $10 for gutter sealant.
- Labor Costs: $120-$300 (which depends on the length of your gutters)
- DIY Savings: $90-$270!
Fix a Bad Light Switch
We understand if you don’t want to mess with electrical outlets. We really do get it, but a light switch probably isn’t all that bad to take on yourself. Just make sure the power is off!
Basically an electrician would come in, turn off the power, detach the fixture and tighten the wires. Maybe they’ll replace the switch. All things that you can do on your own. If you do that, and it still doesn’t work, then it is time to call a professional. But you can most likely make this minor repair yourself.
- Cost of a Light Switch: About $5
- Labor Costs: $50-$100 an hour (and this can be done in less than an hour).
- DIY Savings: $45-$95
If you’re uncomfortable attempting any of these fixes yourself, our top real estate team can recommend someone that we trust to help you get your West Palm Beach home back in tip-top shape. Just give us a call!