Home ownership means always having a list of odd-jobs to do. Here are some quick 5-minute fixes you can do to to maintain your investment!
The Five Minute Fix at Home
Sometimes your to-do list is full of major projects and require some outside help from a contractor. But more often than not, taking a few minutes on the weekend to fix a few small problems around the house means you’ll SAVE time and money before they become bigger issues. A few minutes here or there can really make a difference!
Kids are great with helping to check the lights. Have them go around the house testing every lightswitch and lamp to see if the bulbs turn on. I like to keep a small assortment of various lightbulbs on hand for whenever one burns out. Switching out a light is quick, simple and cheap to maintain!
Do you find your doorknobs wiggle and feel loose in the door? Again, get the kids involved in this easy fix! Go around and test each knob (interior & exterior) by opening and closing the door. Does the knob feel wobbly or secure? The fix is super easy: just tighten the screws on the interior side of the door knob with a screwdriver. Another job done!
Got any loose corners of wallpaper? It’s time to secure them before they tear! If you have some wallpaper paste lying around, put a drop on a sheet of paper, rub the paper on the underside of the exposed wall, then press the peeling wallpaper against the glue. Smooth any bubbles out with a clean cloth and the wall can look as good as new!
No wallpaper paste? Try substituting white school glue on small tears!
Does the patio door take a whole lot of strength to move? Do a quick check at the bottom of the door to ensure that the tiny wheels are sitting properly on the track. You may have to jostle it a bit with a flat screwdriver.
If that doesn’t seem to be the issue, spray a cloth with silicone lubricant (WD-40) and wipe it along the tracks. It should glide nice and freely!
CRAZY SPRAYING SHOWERS: If your shower head seems to be shooting water in crazy directions, it could just be a simple calcium/lime buildup. Take a shallow dish and fill it with a decalcifier like vinegar or even CLR and give the shower head a soak.
For really crusty shower heads you might want to give it a gentle scrub and unplug some of the nozzle holes.
While you’re at it, check the lower bathtub spout. If the water diverter (that knob you pull to switch the water from the lower spout to the upper shower) feels tight, or if water still comes out of the lower spout when you’re trying to have a shower, it’s probably more of that pesky lime and calcium.
Shoot a little WD-40 up inside the spout and pull that diverter up and down to lubricate it. That should help loosen things up!
Do you remember the last time you changed your furnace filter? For best results you should be changing them out every three months OR MORE. This is the air you’re breathing!
Filters are cheap and super easy to replace. Make sure you purchase the proper size and ensure the replacement goes in the same way as the original (yes, there is a proper way to make sure the air is passing through it in the right direction!).
I like to write on the edge of the new filter the date I changed it — that way I will know when it’s time to do it again.
Got any other 5-minute Fixes around the home? I’d love to hear about them! Remember – outside maintenance is important too, so check out these tips on Pool Ownership as well!
Taking 5 minutes here or there to maintain a few of these things means they don’t add up or create larger problems down the road.
So get off the couch and tackle a quick fix now! Protect your family’s biggest investment: YOUR HOME!