Basic home repairs you can do yourself

Key tips to remember

  • How to fix a leaking faucet
  • How to replace window screens
  • How to paint
  • How to check your doors
Maintenance and Repairs, DIY

Do-it-yourself repairs can feel daunting, especially if you’re not sure exactly what you can do around the house. But the reality is that many DIY tasks are relatively easy to do, if you have the right tools and follow instructions. 

Here are some simple projects you can tackle on your own: 

Fixing a leaking faucet. Leaking faucets are a common problem that can be addressed quickly and easily. For standard faucets, simply unscrew the tip and check the washer and the mesh screen. Both of these parts are standard and inexpensive, and you can easily replace them in minutes. If this doesn’t fix the leak, call a professional (we can help you here at Cinch if you’re a current customer). 

Replacing window screens. Depending on where you live, your window screens can be subjected to a lot of wear and tear. Repairing a torn screen is relatively easy and can be managed with a little patience. Chances are your screen is a standard size, so you can purchase the replacement mesh from your local hardware store, along with installation instructions.

Painting. Painting a room doesn’t have to be a messy job, provided you have the right tools. Before you begin, get samples of paint colors you like and paint a test strip on the wall. Paint colors look different in different lighting, and you want to make sure that you’ve selected the perfect color for your space. Once you’ve decided on the color and checked your tool kit, begin by prepping the walls. If you can, remove any fixtures (including outlet covers) or hardware. Clean your walls with a damp cloth, and spackle any holes. Give yourself enough time to be able to do a thorough job. Remember, the size of your room will determine how much time it will take to paint it.

Checking your doors. Just like everything else in your home, doors need maintenance. You can easily take care of squeaking hinges with some lubricants. Loose doorknobs are easily fixable too. More often than not, all they need is a little tightening of the screws, but just in case you need a little more reinforcement, your local hardware store can provide you with special adhesives and other binding agents to keep those loose screws in place.

As important as it is to know how to take care of the basics of your home, it’s equally as important to know that major appliance repair or replacement requires professional assistance. We happen to be great at providing it. 

To get expert help, consider a home protection plan from Cinch that includes repair and replacement coverage.


The information in this article is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage.