There’s an old saying from your grandfather’s era: Never pay money for something you can do yourself. Now, some DIY projects around the house should only be done by handymen who have some training and experience under their tool belts. However, even home maintenance beginners can do some repairs on their own with a little time, know-how and “elbow grease.” One of the best places to concentrate on is the kitchen. This room tends to get the most wear and tear, and if it’s not maintained, the renovation bills will be high.
Check That Your Kitchen’s Appliances Are in Good Working Order
Here’s one task that can save you thousands of dollars in just a few minutes. Routinely inspect all the electrical devices in your kitchen. You may need to shine a flashlight to check behind bigger items like the oven or refrigerator. For smaller appliances, such as the microwave or coffee maker, pick them up and look under and around them.
You’re looking for signs of damage, including:
- frayed wires
- melted panels
- mold growth
- cracks and dents
If these problems aren’t addressed, you could experience anything from the item not working properly to a possible house fire. Have the appliance repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
Care for Your Kitchen With Regular, Deep Cleanings
Expand your annual “spring cleaning” to every season. Why? The dust, spills, food residue and more can build up on your floors, baseboards, and around or in appliances. This grime isn’t just unsightly; it can also cause long-term problems, such as:
• increasing the allergens in your home
• fueling the growth of mold
• attracting ants, roaches and mice
• clogging or interfering with the function of appliances
• corroding the flooring and seeping into the subfloor
During your cleaning, make sure to get every corner, nook and cranny. Use the attachments on your vacuum to get into hard-to-reach spots. Remove sticky spills with a mop and cleaning fluid designed for the floor’s surface.
Reduce Your Bills With an Eco-Friendly Kitchen Upgrade
Water, electricity and HVAC expenses can become some of the biggest monthly bills that your household experiences. Identify and troubleshoot common sources of leaks and waste.
Some of the most common culprits are:
- Leaky faucets. A dripping faucet can waste many gallons of water a day. You can have the faucet professionally repaired or replaced, or shut off the water line and take a look yourself. The fix might be as easy as replacing a faulty component or washer with a new one.
- Dim, inefficient lightbulbs. Replace these with compact fluorescent or high-performance incandescent bulbs. You can also brighten the room by replacing a dark, opaque lampshade with one that will let more diffused light through.
- Poor seals around the windows and doors. These tiny gaps allow air to escape, increasing strain on your HVAC system. An easy solution is to use an insulating tape that you cut to fit and stick on. This stopgap will last until you bring in a professional to make a permanent repair.
Shakti S. has been a freelance writer since 2012 and has a strong background in English with experience in copywriting, editing, and translations. She has taken on DIY projects and worked with professional designers and home repair agencies, and continues to learn more about home and yard decoration, maintenance, and repair.