Home Selling Tips: DIY Tips to Fix Damaged Doors
When selling your home, unsightly scratches, holes or even dents can hinder your home sale. Doors that don’t close properly that are annoying to you may be a huge turn off for potential buyers. However, there is good news. You don’t have to spend unnecessary money on a new door. With these DIY tips, you will learn how to fix a number of damages that can occur on the door.
DIY Tips to Fix Damaged Doors
Hard to open doors – When the door becomes hard to open, it is usually because the door itself is rubbing against the frame. This could be caused by the hinges becoming loose. You can try to tighten the hinge screws to see if that helps. If that does not help, you may need to trim a little excess wood or paint from the door. Sometimes, when a house settles it can cause the door to be slightly off. You can easily find where the door is rubbing against the frame by inserting a piece of cardboard between the door and the door jamb. If there is a lot of paint from years of new coats, you may be able to get by with just shaving off a few coats of the old paint.
Rattling doors – With multiple coats of paint, the strike plate can become recessed. This is an easy to do DIY project. You just unscrew the strike plate and add a shim of cardboard beneath it. Replace the strike plate and you should be good to go. Another quick fix for rattling doors is to file the strike plate so that the latch bolt will align properly when closed. If none of those help, you can use the more drastic solution of moving the strike plate to a new area of the door.
Hinge screws coming out – All too often, when the hinge screws start to come out, they will also take a chunk of the frame with them. You can fix this problem with a gap filling wood glue. You should remove any damaged wood, dust or loose wood chips before adding the wood filling clue. As soon as you apply the glue, insert the hinge and screws. Allow the glue to dry for several hours before reinstalling your door.
Sliding door issues – When your sliding door is not sliding too smooth, you can try cleaning the tracks with hot soapy water. Use a toothbrush if necessary to get the deep down dirt that is hard to reach. If the door is still not sliding smoothly, try adjusting the rollers. If that still does not work, you may have to remove the door and replace the rollers.
Scratches and holes – You can easily sand minor scratches. Major scrapes and breaks can be fixed with putty or epoxy filler. If you have a large hole on a hollow door, spray foam insulation will do the job quite well. Fill the hole with the spray foam and allow to dry before applying spackling compound. Once the compound is dry, sand the surface, prime and paint the door.
These DIY door projects are brought to you by: Tom and Bev Herring, buying and selling Tulsa Real Estate, Broken Arrow Real Estate, Jenks Real Estate, Bixby Real Estate and Owasso Real Estate as well as Keystone Lake Real Estate, Berryhill and Sand Springs Real Estate.