10 Home Repair Skills You Can't Afford Not to Have

A couple taking a break from painting a room with the words "DIY Survival Skills."

While most homeowners will never need to possess the comprehensive skill set that a contractor needs to build a house from the ground up, there is a broad spectrum of basic money-saving projects that every savvy do-it-yourself homeowner should know how to do. Below are ten such home repair skills that pay big dividends both in monetary savings and the pride of accomplishment.

Patching Drywall

Drywall repair is one of the most useful skills to have in your DIY toolbox. This know-how can make getting ready for a fresh coat of paint or trying to deal with some damage resulting from a wild Saturday night a cinch.

Fixing a Running Toilet

fixing a toilet

Whether it’s waking you up in the middle of the night or just draining your wallet when it comes time to pay your water bill, your running toilet can be a thing of the past if you follow these easy steps.


There are few things you can do to your home that are as easy or cost-effective as a fresh coat of paint. Follow these steps to get the perfect coat on your first try.

Installing a New Light Fixture

light fixture

Like with outlets and switches, some homeowners steer clear of replacing their own light fixtures out of fear of addressing dangerous electrical work. But if you put safety first and follow these instructions and the instructions that come with your new fixtures, you can be well on your way to effecting a cost-effective upgrade to your interior and exterior lighting.

Tip: Always be sure to shut off the circuit(s) you intend to work on at your fuse or breaker box before attempting any electrical work. You might even want to lock out the outside control panel.

Changing a Lockset

Moving into a new home, or is it just time to upgrade your dated locksets? Changing a lockset is a quick and easy way to increase your home’s security or simply update your doors’ look without having to break the bank.

Changing a Broken Outlet

burned outlet hanging out of wall

It might sound like a tall order, but changing broken outlets is safe and easy if you know how to do it. This article guides you through the process of safely removing your old, broken outlets and installing new ones.

Basic Insulation

A drafty home is an inefficient home, and inefficient homes can cost their owners a ton of money in the long run. This article provides a range of great information on insulation and how to address any vulnerability you might find in your own home’s insulation.

8. Fixing a Leaky Faucet

leaking bathroom faucet

Leaky faucets could be a major factor driving up the water bill. Click here for tips and tricks on diagnosing and repairing the source of your leak.

Masonry Repair

Cracked concrete and crumbling mortar can be real eyesores and negatively impact your home’s curb appeal. This tutorial offers some methods for maintaining your home’s various masonry surfaces.

Repairing a Damaged Tile

damaged floor tiles

There’s no need to look at that mess in your kitchen or bathroom any longer—check out this easy-to-follow tutorial and replace those chipped or cracked tiles.