The 7 Home Repairs You Shouldn’t Pay Anyone to Do

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Sometimes it’s necessary to call a professional when updating your home or fixing problems throughout the journey of homeownership. But there are plenty of home repairs that don’t actually require a professional. Instead of defaulting to a Fix-It guru, flex your DIY muscle and save some money. Of course, you may have to take some precaution and do a tiny bit of research, but as long as you do your homework, you’ve totally got this!

1. Changing out a light fixture


Many new homes come with builder-grade basic light fixtures (like the dreaded boob lights). Replacing them with a light fixture you love always seems to fall to the bottom of the to-do list.

But let us assure you: this is a home repair that the average homeowner can definitely DIY. Here is this step-by-step tutorial from Zillow that shows in extreme detail how simple this really is. Be sure to take the proper safety precautions (i.e., turn off the power!) You’ll have those boob lights replaced way sooner than if you were sitting around waiting for a professional.

2. Installing a new faucet


Have you ever thought about replacing your kitchen sink faucet for a new and improved touch-sensor one? Or maybe at least one that doesn’t look like it’s older than your house? Well, we think it’s time to stop thinking about it and start doing it! Swapping out your old kitchen faucet for an updated one is a project that you can definitely tackle yourself.

Don’t believe us? Check out our step-by-step tutorial which shows you exactly what you’ll need.

3. Replacing an electrical outlet


When I moved into my first house, it had bright white trim, which we loved. Unfortunately, it also had off-white outlets and outlet covers – did not love that. Of course, we could’ve easily replaced the outlet covers with just a screwdriver, but those new outlet covers made the off-white outlets stick out even more. It turns out this project was a lot more attainable than we ever imagined.

Using this tutorial, we swapped out the old almond colored ones to bright white ones that matched the trim. Now? We could not be more in love with this new look. Plus, we love the fact that we did it ourselves.

4. Hanging a new ceiling fan

fanresizeWhether your ceiling light is one that you don’t love or one that doesn’t work anymore, we are confident that you can replace it without calling in a professional electrician. But because you have to hold the ceiling light up while attaching it to the ceiling, we do insist that this is a two-person job. Here is a handy video tutorial from the pros at Home Depot.

Recruit a partner, preferably one with some arm strength and endurance, and we’re confident you can install that new ceiling fan without paid help.

Recruit a partner, preferably one with some arm strength and endurance, and we’re confident you can install that new ceiling fan without paid help.

5. Replacing a shower head


A new shower head is a home repair that impacts you every single day. If your current shower head’s pressure isn’t up to your standards, we suggest swapping it out for a new one. This project can take less than 5 minutes and no, it doesn’t require a plumber. For a detailed tutorial, check out this post. To get started, all you have to need is a new shower head, a wrench and some Teflon tape.

6. Updating your baseboards


This project requires a miter saw and a nail gun. Got those? As long as they’re available to you, we’re confident you can update your baseboards yourself. Here’s a 10-step guide that’s easy to follow and will save you a ton of money in the process.

7. Unclogging a bathroom drain

A clogged drain is never good, but waiting for a plumber to come over and unclog it is even worse. Hardware stores often sell products to help clean out (and unclog) drain pipes, but when those products don’t work, homeowners can take another step to fixing the problem.

The average homeowner is fully capable of going under the sink (or in the vanity) to unscrew the slip nuts to clean out the trap/pipes under the sink. You would be surprised how many times you can avoid calling the plumber with that simple trick!

Sure, some jobs should be saved for the pros, but we truly believe that some home repairs can be tackled by any average homeowner! As long as you take the necessary precautions and do follow along with the guides, we know that you can save your call to the pros for the bigger projects.


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