It is time to get the house ready to be put on the market. You want top dollar for the property and a great way to get it is to have your home looking it’s best. Parents with kids at home have to get creative during home repairs. We created a list of 6 kid friendly home repairs you can do as a family.
When mom and dad bring out the brushes and rollers kids are eager to jump in and help. Older kids can handle rolling paint while steady hands perfect the detailed work. Be ready for some spills and accidental misses by putting down a drop cloth and taping off edges. If you are not ready to let them help you with a big job, touch up painting is a great beginning step.
- Paint with primer and sticks
- Old clothes
- Brushes and rollers
- Painters Tape
- Clean up and paint storage tools
2) Patching Drywall Dings
Hanging artwork and rambunctious kids can really take a toll on your drywall. Patching drywall is a job your kids can help complete.
Clean up any debris around the ding and using your putty knife spread the spackle over the hole. Dry according to package instructions. Your child can help sand the area smooth with sandpaper and then paint the repair with a soft rag.
- Fast-drying spackle with primer
- Putty knife
- 120 grit sandpaper
- Paint to match the surrounding area
3) Fixing Squeaky Doors and Cabinets
Opening and closing doors should be a smooth and quiet experience. If your home has a squeaky door or cabinet here is the easy kid-friendly fix.
First, help your child spray WD40 on the hinges of any squeaky doors. Show them how the canister works and where to spray. Swing the door back and forth to lubricate the entire hinge. Wipe off any excess and enjoy the silence.
If the hinges need tightening or the handles are loose, any kid that can handle a screwdriver can jump in and fix these issues.
- Philips and flathead screwdrivers
4) Fixing a Running Toilet
When a prospective buyer walks into a bathroom that has a running toilet they will get a negative impression of the house. This is usually an easy fix. Most often a leaky flapper is the culprit.
The test: Take off the lid of your toilet’s tank and using a paint stick or other long hard object, have your child push down on the flapper. If the water running sound stops, you have found your problem.
The fix: Buy a new flapper. Shut off the water by turning the valve on the hose running from your toilet to the wall. Have your child flush the toilet and you or they can replace the flapper. When you hook the flapper on, make sure the chain has a little slack. Check out this article for visuals.
- Painters Stick
- New Flapper
5) Sprucing up the Yard
Curb appeal is just as important as the look of your house. The first impression of your house may make or break a sale. Keep yards green and trimmed. Your kids can help pull weeds, mow, sweep, and rake.
Yard work is very kid friendly and there is a job for all ages, check out this article for a master list by age. Toddlers will do best pulling weeds and filling bags with leaves and other debris. Older children can handle any chore you know they are ready to tackle.
- Garbage bags for leaves and debris
- Rake and broom
- Yard machines (weed eater, mower)
- Hose, sprinkler, and sprinkler wand
6) Tidy the Trim
Kids are drawn to writing on your walls and it seems window trim is a guaranteed art space. Kids of almost every age can use a magic eraser sponge to clean up the trim (they can reach). Once it is clean, check for missing nails, cracks, and if you need to replace any trim.
Finish nails matching your trim color are carefully tapped in to add stability. Fill any cracks with a small bead of acrylic latex caulk with silicone. Have your child wipe away any excess caulk or misses while you use a wet rag and your finger to smooth out the repair. Apply matching paint after the caulk dries or simply choose a caulk color based on the wood grain and apply neatly.
- Magic eraser sponge
- Acrylic latex caulk with silicone
- Paint to match trim
- Wet rag
- Finish nails
- Hammer or nail gun
A house that is taken care of will be a hit at showings. When your kids help out and see their help rewarded they feel especially respected and valued as a part of the family.
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