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Home Repair Basics

Home repairs and DIY home improvement is a great option to save you money, but you need to know what you are doing. So many people think they are an expert when it comes to building and think renovations and remodels will be a breeze, but if you don’t do your research and seek advice you will only find your self in a lot of trouble.

Here is a step by step guide to making sure you know how to undertake a DIY home repair project.

Step One: Understanding Construction Basics

Before you start to even think about DIY home repair you need to make yourself aware of the basic construction issues you will be dealing with. Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you know what building codes or council regulations are in place?
  • Will you be able to comply with these?
  • Do you need a permit, how do you get one?
  • Do you have the structural drawings for your house and can you read them?

If you answered no to any of these questions you need to seek advice before you start putting a hole through the wall. If you are adding or altering your home in a substantial way it is likely you will need a permit, and it is your responsibility to obtain one.

Step Two: Become Familiar with Your Home

Before you undertake any home repairs you need to be familiar with your home and the systems that are working within it. Walk through your house and identify any areas of concern, for example loose wiring, missing insulation, strange plumbing noises.

Understanding how the electrical, plumbing and building systems work is essential if you plan to fix them yourself. If you are unsure of how to repair these areas yourself seek advice from a professional as prevention and maintenance is the best way to save on costly repairs.

Step Three: Plan Your Project Stages

If you plan to undertake a large DIY home repair project it may be impossible to undertake it all in one go, so you need to have a logical ordered plan. List out all of the areas you want to improve and repair then go through and prioritize them, either by importance or cost in the budget.

If you are planning an interior remodel you should attempt it room by room. For example, if you are installing a new bathroom you will need to turn off your water mains which can be a major disruption if you happen to be living in the house at the time. By having a plan you will be able to make the necessary arrangements for the duration of the repair work.

Step Four: Attain the Right Equipment

You wouldn’t operate on a person without the right instruments so don’t repair a home without the right equipment. To repair a home you are going to need some simple items. Here is a list of the most important equipment you will need to undertake all DIY home repairs.

1. Screwdrivers: flat head screwdriver in three different sizes (small, medium and large), cross headed screwdriver and Electricians screwdriver
2. Hammer: Cross peen hammer and a classic hammer
3. Cutting and gripping pliers
4. Spanners: It is good to have a range of spanners from 6 – 12mm.
5. Stepladder
6. Measuring tape
7. Drill
8. Saw

This is only a basic list for the simple home repairs, for more extensive home repairs you will need to obtain equipment specific to that project.

Step Five: Ordering products

In most cases of home repair you will require new materials. It is a good idea to check out the range of products before you order anything, and seek advice from a local hardware store consultant as to what is available.

To avoid delays in the delivery of products order your materials well in advance of your planned repair or remodel start date. Confirm the delivery dates with any suppliers and ask them to notify you within a day’s notice if there are going to be delays. If you haven’t heard from them call them the day before to confirm delivery is still on track and provide very clear delivery instructions.

Home repairs can be incredibly easy, or incredibly hard. This all depends on the time you take to familiarize yourself with the problem and take the right steps to improve it.