June 26, 2024

Doing maintenance and repair for your home whenever possible is a good way to avoid paying the high cost of a home contractor. But there are certain jobs that you should not tackle by yourself, unless you happen to be an expert.

In some cases your local building code may prohibit anyone but a licensed contractor from doing the work. In other cases, even though it may be legal, it’s not worth taking a chance trying to fix something that may endanger your property, or even your life.

A good example of this would be repairs on gas appliances. How many people know that most gas connections are threaded backwards to the usual direction? It’s not “righty-tighty”, its “righty-loosey”! Little things like that make it advisable for you to bite the bullet and call an experienced and licensed gas repairman.

Electrical repairs fall into two classes. Some are simple enough that most of us have done them ourselves at least once – like replacing a faulty plug in a lamp. There are electrical plugs that are made just for the amateur repairman that don’t even require a screwdriver to connect.

And then there are tasks like replacing the power supply on your television set that are best left to a TV repairman, if you can find one nowadays. And replacing faulty wiring in your walls is not a job most people want to attempt. An electrical contractor not only has the experience, he has equipment that most of us don’t want to buy for ourselves.

There are many kinds of home maintenance and repair jobs that are easily doable by the average homeowner. Two examples will be enough to get you thinking about what you can do for your own home.

1. Painting. I can’t think of any adult who has not used a paint brush or roller at least once in their life. Although it may not be your favorite task, and in fact it is usually kind of a messy job, it’s one area in which you can easily save yourself the cost of a home contractor.

2. Cleaning. I’m not talking about dusting and mopping here. What I mean is more like a thorough “spring cleaning” of certain areas of your home that will deteriorate badly if left alone for too long. Your cabinets and shelves, for example, could probably benefit. Don’t just wipe them off – take them down, and even take them apart, so the joints can have the grime totally washed off. You’ll be surprised at how new they’ll look when you’re done!

Keeping up with what you can do for your own home maintenance and repair will not only keep you occupied on the weekends, it will definitely be good for both your home and for your pocketbook. See the box below for more interesting ideas on keeping your home in good shape.