A move often includes minor renovations, sometimes even in both homes. We will show you how the annoying work can easily be done with quick repairs when you move house.
You are about to move? Then you should check again before handing over whether the condition of the apartment is okay. Because often you will find even smaller defects such as boreholes in the wall or minor dirt on the walls, which you can easily repair yourself. Here’s how to do it.
6 quick repairs when you move house
1. Fill holes in the wall
In the wall are there still holes of suspended pictures or wall shelves? No problem. Simply vacuum out the hole and lightly moisten. Gently press the viscous filler into the hole until the opening is no longer visible, then smooth. This is one of the easiest quick repairs when you move house.
A practical alternative: repair filler from the tube – ready for use or for mixing. Before use, remove loose dirt with cloth or knife. Then generously add the filler directly from the tube to the hole and work it with a spatula so that the hole is filled and the surface smooth. Then let it dry according to the manufacturer’s specifications.
By the way: If you don’t have a filler at hand, toothpaste, white chalk, clay or a mixture of flour and water will also help against old drilling or nail holes in the wall.
2. Remove dowels
If you pull the dowel out of the wall, the hole usually gets bigger. But if you can’t get around it, because a new hole is to be drilled in the immediate vicinity and the old one has to be filled with plaster: just grab the corkscrew, turn into the dowel and pull it out of the wall.
Alternatively, you can only slightly twist a screw and then pull out the plug. Thus, the risk of breaking out is the least.
3. Cover light marks on paintwork
If an eraser sponge does not help, there is a handy colour tube with sponge attachment for white walls – as with the white sports shoe cleaner. If you still have opaque white from the painting box at home, you can also use it.
4. Refresh tiling grout and joints
Dark spots on tile grouting and joints are best removed with a mixture of baking powder and water. Apply the mixture with an old toothbrush, let it work for about an hour and then scrub and rinse thoroughly. No baking powder? Then a mixture of 100 millilitres of water and 300 millilitres of soda helps.
If all this does not help, there is joint paint, which inhibits and covers stick stains. Tip: Check manufacturer’s specifications – because some products are only suitable for cement-bound mortar joints and glazed, non-absorbent tiles. If this is not enough, you can simply replace the silicone joint and scratch the sealant out of the joints with the joint shark.
In stubborn cases, apply silicone removers and remove the softened silicone residues. Then clean the joint with sponge or rag and apply new silicone using a cartridge gun – evenly and without disspersing.
5. Repair cracks in wood surfaces
A 1:1 mixture of lemon juice and olive oil helps against small scratches or cracks in light wood, which you rub with a soft cloth in the direction of the scratch. Attention: prefer to use a cotton cloth instead of microfiber, because the latter likes to damage the wood surface.
Small scratches in dark wood are covered by rubbing with coffee grounds. Dents in unsealed floors can sprinkle with some water, cover with a kitchen towel and iron over. Repeat until the wood is squeeled so far that the damage is no longer visible.
If smaller cracks or holes are visible, only filler mass in wood tones or overcoated white helps. For this purpose, lightly roughen the surface with sandpaper and remove loose dirt. Then mix the mixture or apply it ready for use with a small spatula. Peel off smoothly and let it dry according to the manufacturer’s specifications. abrasive unevenness if necessary. Then oil or glaze.
6. Repair wallpaper
If there is a small crack in the wallpaper, you can fix it easily as one of the quick repairs when you move house. Clearly, the area can be cut out with the cutter knife after a slight moistening and replaced with an intact piece of rough fibre. But the result is never satisfactory, because you always see the procedure. There is a ready-to-use filler: it dries white and contains wood shavings, so that the typical rough fibre optics can be restored without interruption.
Seam and repair adhesives help with loose wallpaper seams. To do this, carefully lift the edges of wallpaper, distribute glue evenly on the substrate and press the wallpaper. Drain the excess paste with a clean, damp cloth. After about ten minutes everything is dry.
Practical DIY hacks:
- Against drilling dust: Glue the folded coffee filter with painter’s crepe under the borehole. Alternatively, folded Post-It notes also help.
- Nail Help: To avoid bruised thumbs, simply use a clothespin to help hold the nail.
- Tile drilling: Fix the marked spot with package adhesive tape, so the drill does not slip away. Absolutely without percussion drilling!
- DIY Depth Stop: To avoid drilling too deep, simply stick the desired drilling depth on the drill with tape.
Gerhardt Richter is a writer and a trainer at trade technical colleges, specializing in carpentry, plumbing and construction.