We all know someone who’s been a bit over zealous during their rental tenancy – and accidentally damaged their landlord’s property. Here are a few DIY opportunities that may help you (or that friend) get themselves out of a sticky situation.
Most landlords genuinely have their tenant’s best interests at heart, so when something needs fixing they make sure it gets fixed. With that in mind, if you’re ever in the situation where you’ve damaged someone else’s property and you’re not sure what the best course of action is, sometimes there comes a time when you just have to front up and face the music.
Believe me when I say not everything can be fixed with your average DIY hack.
Do you have a Gyprock wall or hollow core door with a hole in it? Thankfully, plasterboard companies have come up with these great new wall patches that allow you to patch a hole approx. 500mm in diameter. Simply stick it on (they come with adhesive backing) and apply a pre-mixed base, top coat and a trowel.
The key to repainting old walls is, and always will be, matching the existing colour. Get yourself a decent-sized sample of the existing area (approx. 4 sqm) and make sure you take that with you to any hardware or paint store to be colour matched. They can get any colour really close these days.
Everyone at some stage has accidently knocked over a drink at home. For the ones less fortunate that have done it on carpet, my advice would be to act quickly. You can hire steam cleaning machines from places like Bunnings, so if you’re tight on a dollar consider purchasing some Vanish carpet cleaner from the supermarket and a DIY steam cleaner.
Electrical / Plumbing
There’s a good reason plumbers and sparkies must be licensed. My advice here, hands down, is to own up and engage a professional. Not only could you potentially do serious damage and cost yourself more money in the long run, but with electrical involved there’s a very real possibility of death or serious injury.
Here’s hoping the above has helped. At the end of the day, like mum said back in primary school, sometimes ‘honesty is the best policy’.