It’s unavoidable, you’re going to have to fix something in your home eventually. Some people are handier than others.  Before you contact your landlord to have a look at that clogged sink, consider these handy do-it-yourself hacks.

Silence of the cupboards

Have you ever come home from a late night out and realize you need a quick midnight snack before you head to bed? And let’s be honest, after a few drinks those cupboard doors can be tricky to close quietly. You can use peel and stick door and drawer bumpers to reduce noise and extend the lifespan of your cabinets!

Argh! Ceiling stains!

Is there anything that can bother you more than watching that water stain on your ceiling get bigger and bigger? And even if you paint over them they just keep coming back. Try using an oil based spray paint to cover up and make your ceiling look spotless! Just make sure you have a floor mat and plastic covers on your walls so you don’t accidentally mess up other surfaces in your home while you paint.


Furniture is expensive, and nice furniture can be a luxury, but accidents are inevitable. Fear not, there are ways to touch-up small scratches, especially on wood finished surfaces. 

  • Most of the time, a staining pen does the trick, just make sure you don’t put too much pigment as it will come off as darker as the rest of the stained wood. 
  • Another method is using a walnut, rub it on the scratched area and it should buff it out! 
  • Lastly, and probably the strangest, using toothpaste and buffing it out can help reduce the appearance of scratches.

Free flowing

A clogged or slow draining sink can be extremely frustrating. Your trusty plunger might be your go-to fix tool but if that’s not working then try this. 

  • Empty out all the excess water and grime from inside of the sink. 
  • Now fill up the opening with baking soda and make sure it stays put. 
  • Proceed to pour vinegar and put the stopper into the sink so that it is forced to drain down. 
  • Pour warm water to see if it unclogs, if not, pour 5 cups of boiling water down the drain.

From there, if it still doesn’t solve your issue, it’s probably time to contact a professional.

Save your sanity, fix that leak!

Drip…drip…drip…it’s enough to drive you mad! A leaky faucet may not be an emergency but it can be very annoying. If you’re confident (and only if you’re confident) in your basic plumbing skills, try these steps to fix the issue. 

  • Begin by turning off the water supply and turn on the faucet then leave it open to let the remaining water flow through. 
  • Remove the handle, depending on your faucet type, there might be different ways to do this. 
  • Now remove the cartridge and clean and dry the area with a cloth. If there are any rings that are damaged or worn you will have to replace them. 
  • Insert a new cartridge and reattach the faucet handle. Make sure you don’t over tightening it. 
  • Turn your water back on and test out your sink! If it still leaks, it might be a good time to call a professional. 

Not all issues that come up in your home requires contacting your landlord. These are just a few simple tips on how to resolve some of the simpler problems that come up. Of course if you’re not comfortable with doing any of this on you own, you should definitely let your landlord know asap to avoid it becoming a bigger problem.

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