Moving into a new home or apartment comes with a lot of expenses. From decorating to rent, money can be spent quickly. Knowing how to do some basic repairs will save a significant amount of money. However, knowing when it’s time to call a professional can be key to avoiding larger issues.

Here are some home repairs that can be done easily (if you have the right skills) versus some that may require a professional to step in:

Do-it-yourself repairs:

  • Snake a drain
  • Change filter (A/C unit)
  • Fill small holes in the wall
  • Loosen/tighten door hinges
  • Change ceiling fan
  • Leaking washing machine
  • Replace light switch
  • Leaky faucet
  • Scratched floorboards
  • Minor toilet repairs
  • Change a broken lever/handle
  • Unclog toilet
  • Running toilet
  • Unclog the garbage disposal
  • Loosen a jammed window/door hinge
  • Change door locks
  • Install and replace smoke detector and CO2 alarm
  • Loose showerhead/faucet
  • Grout tiles
  • Install new faucets
  • Change light bulbs
  • Clean out gutters
  • Clean showerheads
  • Stained bathtub/sinks
  • Small dents in the wall
  • Prepare water pipes for winter/cold weather
  • Wobbly tables and chairs
  • Clean carpet stains
  • Sagging gates

Call someone:

  • Broken toilet
  • Large water leak
  • Stove/oven issues
  • Broken window
  • Roof leaks, shingles, etc.
  • Large hole in the wall
  • Clean the chimney
  • Electrical issues
  • Change a water heater
  • Replace A/C unit
  • Replace thermostat
  • Replace garage door

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