Guide to Small Repairs and Fixes

By Vicki Torres

If you're getting ready to move out or let prospective home buyers snoop through your home, you should check and fix, if necessary, the following. If any of these items needs repairing or replacing, you'll find how to do it yourself in Homestore's comprehensive How-To-Guides and Smart Tips.

Indoor Repairs

  • Repair leaky faucets, sinks, dishwashers.
  • Check wall mildew or dampness for broken pipes inside.
  • Replace rusted, leaky garbage disposals.
  • Replace significantly cracked floor tiles.
  • Tack down loose carpeting or restretch and reattach wall-to-wall carpets.
  • Repair holes in walls from doorknobs and other damage.
  • Repair split door jams.
  • Test all light fixtures and wall outlets.
  • Remove or bring to code jury-rigged, garage workshop wiring.
  • Remove soap scum, mildew and stains from bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Empty and clean all cabinets.


  • Check fireplace gas valves and dampers for operation.
  • Repair cracks to fire box and outside chimney.
  • Install chimney-top spark arrester.

    Exterior Repairs

  • Repair loose railings, steps, outdoor carpeting.
  • Bring exterior lighting to code or remove.
  • Replace cracked window panes and window caulking.
  • Replace torn screens.
  • Make sure all windows open and close.
  • Repair wobbly fencing and replace rotting wood.
  • Repair sticky gates and broken latches.
  • Replace broken sprinkler heads and repair leaks.
  • Check garage door hang and door-openers.

    Pools and Spas

  • Repair pool/spa leaks and cracks, plus cracks in coping.
  • Check operation of heater, pump, filter and underwater lights.
  • Repair clogged spa jets.


  • Trim back tree limbs from house or eaves.
  • Cut back ivy and other vegetation from wood-paneled exteriors.
  • Install missing gutters and downspouts.