If you’ve moved into a bit of a “fixer-upper” then you’ll be prepared for the amount of work that has to go into your new home. However, even if your new home looks perfect at the moment, it might not stay that way. You may change your mind regarding how it looks, or some undiscovered issue may finally emerge. In any case, making home improvements can be a costly process. Taking the DIY approach, however, could save you a lot of money, while also proving hugely rewarding. New homes can throw a lot of problems at you, but most of them will be manageable. Here are a few of the most common issues and what you can do to solve them.
When you first move into a home, it may look enormous, but that could be because you don’t have any of your stuff there. Once you’ve settled in, storage problems can quickly emerge. If this is the case, don’t start throwing out those treasured family heirlooms just yet. A little bit of DIY could greatly increase your storage space, particularly if you are willing to get a little creative. The most obvious solution would be to put up some extra shelves as this would only require a bit of timber and a few nails, but there are alternative options. Adding a board and some wheels to a wire box turns it into a mobile storage cart or using simple PVC pipe, you can add another clothing rail to your wardrobe. These little things can all add up, helping you to create a lot more space in your home.
Plumbing issues are relatively common in new homes, particularly if they haven’t been lived in for a while. For more major issues, you may want to seek professional assistance, but if it’s just a leaky tap here and there, you may want to get your tool box out instead. Tightening some of the connections or purchasing a new washer may be all that’s required to fix your problem and is certainly a lot quicker and cheaper than getting in a professional.
Making use of the outdoors
When you arrive at your new home it may not have been occupied for a while, which means that the outdoor space is likely to have been neglected. Something as simple as installing some decking will greatly improve your front or back garden and is relatively easy to do. You will need a few tools, such as a MITRE saw, and some decking panels, but you could be enjoying your outdoor space in no time. If you are looking to conduct a large outdoor project, make sure you do some research regarding the tools that you are going to need. Tools are one of the larger expenses of a DIY project and it’s important to make the right decision. With a decking project, there are online resources like Straight Kerfs that compare MITRE saws to help you invest in the right tools for your job.
If you move into a new home and discover something’s wrong then don’t panic. With a bit of elbow grease and the right tools, there may be a DIY solution waiting to be explored.