How To Save Money Becoming A DIY Handyman

When something in your home is broken, do you call a repairman or fix it yourself? Doing the latter can save you lots of money. I’m 100% confident you can become a great DIY handyman with our starter tips.

What repairs can you do yourself? There are many different types of repairs that you can do with your own bare hands but there are other times when calling a professional is important, such as when you’re removing mold or asbestos or working with the foundation of your home.

That said, if you find yourself with a small repair on your hands, you can easily DIY and save some money in the process. Here’s our guide on how to become a handyman and do common repairs around the home.

Eliminate Water Stains On The Ceiling

Removing stains

When water stains appear on your ceiling, they are unsightly – but you don’t have to call the pros.

Simply use some bleach to eliminate them. Spray the stain with a blend of water and bleach, and then give it a day or so to work. However, make sure you wear safety goggles and cover the walls and floor to prevent bleach from getting onto them.

Seal Gaps With Caulk

Watch this great tutorial.

Sealing areas around fixtures, showers, and tubs can help to prevent rot and mold.

Plus, a tube of caulk only costs a few dollars, as Money Talks News reports. You can easily learn how to apply caulk. Here are some tips:

  • First, choose the right caulk. If you’re using caulk on wet areas, you need silicone caulk. For dry areas, choose vinyl latex.
  • Use the right caulk gun. What professionals tend to use is a smooth-action caulk gun with cartridges, as The Spruce reports.
  • After cleaning surfaces, apply the caulk product at a 45-degree angle and squeeze the tube hard enough so that the caulk enters the joint.
  • To ensure a smoother finish, you should apply tape above and below the line where you are applying caulk. This will result in a neater result.

Paint A Room

Painting a room

This is one of the DIY tasks that anyone can do, and it can save you between $380 and $790, as Mid Penn Bank reports.

Just make sure you don’t spend too much money on expensive paint, although this type does have a longer life expectancy. Here are some expert tips on how to paint a room yourself:

  • Start by applying a gray-tinted primer to your walls before you paint them the color of your choice as this will decrease how many coats you need to apply.
  • Put all the furniture in another room or in the center of the room you’re painting and cover it with light plastic sheeting. Cover the floor too.
  • A good painting tip is to start from the top of the wall all the way down.
  • If you want to paint dark walls with a lighter color, you will need a primer and two coats of paint.
  • Once you’re done, be sure to clean your paintbrushes. Water-based and latex paints need to be washed off with soapy water, and oil-based paints need mineral spirits, as Architectural Digest reports.

Clean Your Carpets

Carpet Cleaning Machines

Carpets can house bacteria and dust mites, so you want to ensure they get a regular clean.

Don’t hire the pros to do it – that can set you back around $200, as U.S. News reports.

However, if you don’t want to do it yourself, you can actually hire a carpet-cleaning machine from various retailers and some grocery stores.

This will only cost between $20 to $30.

Fix A Faucet

Fixing a leaky faucet

You can easily repair a faucet if yours is leaking and you should because it will save you money.

Here’s a quick guide on how to do it, courtesy of DIY Network:

  • Turn off the water at the under-sink valves.
  • Remove the handle with an Allen wrench.
  • With the use of slip-joint pliers, remove the chrome bonnet, but make sure you put tape around the pliers’ teeth to prevent damage to the chrome.
  • Remove the cam and ball, as well as the springs. You’ll need needle-nose pliers for this one.
  • Clean away any dirt and sediment from inside the faucet.
  • Jiggle the spout to loosen it, and remove it.
  • With a spanner, remove the O-rings and diverter with needle-nose pliers.
  • Again, clean any dirt or sediment.
  • Reassemble the faucet by starting with the O-rings and the spout, followed by using an Allen wrench to slide springs into place. Put the faucet ball into place, install the cam and its packaging, then put the chrome bonnet and handle back.

Clean A Clogged Garbage Disposal

It’s really simple to clean a garbage disposal if it’s clogged.

Here’s how according to Life Hacker:

  • Always cut off the power that’s going to the unit (such as if it’s wired directly to the wall) to prevent any accidents.
  • Use an Allen wrench to adjust the flywheel – this is located inside the disposal but you won’t see it. Put the wrench inside the hole in the bottom of the unit. Turn it so that you can unclog whatever’s blocking it.
  • Next, put pliers into the top of the disposal and try to feel around for any blockages.
  • Once you’ve found them and cleaned them out, you can run water through the disposal before turning it on.

How To Learn to Become a DIY Handyman

Learning DIY Repair

If you want to be able to repair things around the house, you might be wondering where to start as well as how to learn the right tips and tricks to become a DIY handyman.

Here are some ways in which you can get started:

  • Use manuals and documentation to troubleshoot and fix appliances and other items in your home.
  • If you don’t have the above, or you want extra information on the items, check the manufacturer’s website for instructions on how to make repairs.
  • Visit YouTube. Here you will find a variety of different tutorials and tips to help you see exactly how to fix various things in the home.
  • You can also do an internet search for whatever repairs you have to do.

Related Questions

How much money should you save for home repairs?

Average US maintenance costs monthly

It’s a good rule of thumb to keep aside one percent of your home’s value for maintenance on a yearly basis. So, if your house costs $460,000 you should save $4,600 every year, as Discover reports.

What tools do you need for basic home DIY repairs?

A DIY handyman always ensures they have the following essential items: hammer, needle-nose pliers, screwdriver set, tape measure, utility knife, Allen wrench, flashlight, a level, and an electric drill.


Although the thought of doing home repairs can feel overwhelming, it’s really easy to do small repairs and you can even do them like a pro by following the right steps and having the correct tools.

Don’t call the pros the minute something goes wrong – if any of the above problems occur in your home, try your hand at fixing them and save some cash. Becoming a DIY handyman is a breeze 🙂

Don’t forget to check out some of our other favorite frugal tips here.


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