Home Improvement: Simple Fixes for Common Problems

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Have you ever moved into a new home and decided you wanted to do some home improvement on it? Haven’t we all? I know when we moved into our new eco bubble house, my mom wanted to do a lot of home improvement. With the busy summer moving season in full swing, more than a few people are probably feeling the same about home improvement. That’s why I want to give you some home improvement tips that my friends at Let’s Build It inspired me to find! Grab a few tools, and let’s get moving towards home improvement!

Home Improvement: Bathroom Fixes

Home Improvement: Bathroom (Photo by rogue-designs)

One of the most common home improvement problems in the bathroom is a loose toilet seat. Fortunately, this is a simple fix! There’s no need to purchase a new toilet seat or lid; it just needs to be adjusted. Locate the nuts that are holding the seat to the lid. Once you do that, unscrew them and slide the rubber washers to adjust the opening. Lastly, re-tighten the nuts and make sure you check the seat and lid opens correctly.

Another major home improvement is unclogging a sink drain. You will need two buckets and a toothbrush. Position the first bucket underneath the sink to catch any of the water. Next, take out the trap and remove any debris. Wash the trap in the second bucket of clean water and use the toothbrush as a cleaning tool. Replace the trap to prevent future leaks. Home improvement done easy!

Home Improvement: Kitchen Fixes

A common home improvement problem in the kitchen is a leaky faucet. Just replace the O-ring in the base of the spout. First, remove the screw at the back of the spout. You should be able to twist and release the spout. The next step is to cut off the worn-out O-ring and then roll on a new replacement O-ring, renewing the seal. Viola! You’re sink is free of leaks!

Home Improvement: Kitchen (Photo by Lightsurgery)

Home Improvement: Living Room Fixes

Your home improvement probably includes patching up the carpet due to a stain. First, you’ll need a patch of the same carpet that is a size larger than the stained area.  Find a lid or a circular object and place it on the new carpet piece. Using a utility knife, cut around the lid.  Remove a cut circle of the damaged carpet and replace it with the circle of new carpet that you just cut by applying some waterproof spray adhesive. If you have a patterned carpet, make sure the pattern matches up. Magic! You got yourself a stain-free carpet!

Home Improvement: Living Room (Photo by jinkazamah)

I hope some of these simple home improvement tips help you! If you’re planning a big home improvement project, check out NorthStar Moving’s tumblr page for some great tips on how to green your home improvement. If you’d rather leave it to the pros, NorthStar Moving’s new “Bob Vila” luxury package can take care of it all. Home improvement goes hand in hand with moving; why not do both in style?

Do you have any home improvement tips I left out? Let me know about your home improvement tips in the Comments section!