Your home is one of the most expensive things you’ll pay for, so whether you’re buying or renting, you should take good care of it. While you may be tempted to call a professional when something breaks, you can take care of a lot of problems yourself. Most of these home repairs can be done with little to no experience.
Fix a Broken Tile
Remove the grout from the tile with a grout saw (available at hardware stores). If a tile has already started to chip, break off small pieces and remove the entire damaged tile. When you’re ready, glue the new tile in place with an adhesive such as Liquid Nails. Apply fresh ground around the edges.
Patch a Hole in Drywall
Holes in walls are nearly unavoidable, even if you’re only renting the property. Luckily, small to medium-sized holes can be easy to fix. Use a putty knife to press some spackle into the wall and let it dry. Once it’s done, use some fine grain sandpaper to sand it down until it’s flat. Depending on how seamless you want it to be and what color your walls are, you may need to apply a coat of paint.
Replace Worn-Out or Dried Caulk
In bathrooms and around windows, caulk can dry out, making them less than effective. To remove the worn-out caulk, but some adhesive remover on a damp cloth or sponge and wipe over the silicone caulk. Let it soak in for a few minutes. Peel off the old caulk with a ceramic tile cleaner. Let it dry completely, and then recaulk.
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