Most Common Repairs For New Homeowners

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Congratulations, you’ve finally found the home that you had only imagined existed.

But now that you’ve started  unpacking and are settling in, you may have run across some issues that you didn’t notice during your last walk-through of the property.

The good news is, that many of the issues you are noticing can easily be taken care of with a little effort and expense on your part. Below we have listed some of the most common repairs that new homeowners encounter.

• Squeaky Floors – It is common that floors become squeaky over time because the subflooring isn’t properly attached to the joints. To repair squeaky floors, you will need to install additional anchors to keep the subfloor from moving.

If your subfloor is exposes and easy to get to, itshould not be too complicated. If your subfloor is not visible, you may need to access it through the basement or crawl space. If this option is not available, there are some repair kits that you can purchase designed for use on carpeted floors.

• Problem Drains – Sinks that drain slow are a common problem experienced by many
homeowners. While it may be an annoying problem, it is something that can easily be repaired by a homeowner.

You should begin by removing any hair and other debris from the pipes in and
on top of the P-trap located under the sink. This should help increase the rate at which your sink drains.

• Doors That Stick – Doors that tend to be hard to open or close may be caused by loose hinges to a high level of humidity in the air. This is an easy fix for homeowners who may find that simply tightening the screws in the hinges will resolve the problem.

If that doesn’t resolve the problem, the door frame may need to be adjusted or the door may need to be sanded down to fit better in the door frame.

• Ceiling Fans That Wobble – This can be one of the most annoying issues that homeowners experience. To repair a ceiling fan that may have become loose, you may simply need a blade-balancing kit.

The kit will contain weights that can be attached to the blade of the fans using
self-adhesive tape or clips. The additional weight that you place on the blades will help reduce the wobble and have your fan spinning evenly in no time.

• Holes In The Walls – When you started unpacking you may have noticed a few holes in the walls of your home that you didn’t see before. In this case, you will need a piece of drywall that has been cut slightly larger than the hole, paper or mesh tape, setting compound, and drywall screws.

You will need to use a saw to cut a square around the hole and then cut a piece of
drywall that will fit in the space. After you have secured the patch onto a backer board using the drywall screws, you will then need to cover the patch with the tape and apply the joint compound. When the compound is dry, you can then sand and paint the area.

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