Even if you frequently attend to the maintenance needs of your home, every once in a while you will find areas around the house that will require fixing or upgrading. In such cases, a lot of homeowners would just call in the pros to address the issue at hand.
However, if you’re looking to save some cash when it comes to home improvements, there are actually fixes you can do on your own that most homeowners thought require the attention of a pro. With a little investment of time, effort and money, here are some impressive fixes you can accomplish that will definitely do your wallet a huge favor.
Grinding a stump
When it comes to subduing tree stumps and roots, most homeowners leave the job to the expert because they find the task difficult to accomplish. However, having a professional grind a stump down may cost anywhere from $3 to $5 per diameter inch, and depending on the thickness of the stump the job may last for a minimum of 30 minutes, which may incur additional costs.
Why waste a lot of money when you can do the job yourself? You can rent a stump grinder for less than a $100 for a minimum of four hours and tackle the work over the weekend. Just make sure that you contain flying debris by barricading the area around the stump with sheets of plywood. Then, keep yourself safe while you do the work by wearing protective gear that include boots, gloves, goggles and earplugs.
The wall behind your kitchen sink is exposed to moisture and dirt which can cause cracks or irregularities on the area. To remedy these problems, an expert will install a waterproof backsplash material such as tiles to revive the wall and make it less susceptible from moisture damage. The job can cost at least $20 per square foot, excluding the cost of the materials that will be used in the project.
Instead of hiring a pro, install a backsplash on your own. You just have to purchase tiles– buy at least 10 to 15 percent more than you actually need so that you will have replacements at hand in case a piece or two break–spacers, tile-setting mortar and a wet saw. Cover the electrical boxes with box extenders, then apply the tiles around the extenders using the mortar. You will have to cut some of the tiles with a wet saw so that they fit in corners and other awkward spots.
Laying a French drain
If lawn deluge is one of your issues during a downpour, you need to have a French drain system in place to reduce run off on your lawn. A pro can install this for you to eliminate standing water and prevent it from getting into your basement, but the job may cost you at least $40 per foot. This will cost you a lot of money if you have an expansive lawn.
Do the job yourself and save thousands of dollars in this project. You just have to dig a trench along the outside of your footing, but to make the job easier you can rent a baby backhoe. Then lay a perforated pipe on the soil, cover it with gravel, and lay filter fabric onto the gravel to prevent soil from clogging the pipe. After which, back-fill the foundation with a top soil.
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