While major home problems will require the help of a professional, there are many around-the-house problems that can be fixed by anybody with just a few tools and a few spare minutes. Problems in windows are a clear example: they happen often but rarely require the help of an outsider.
Cracks in the glass can be temporarily fixed with masking tape place on both the inside and the outside of the house. Always make sure the crack is completely covered so it can’t chip and extend. Larger cracks that can be dangerous if left alone can be fixed by removing the entire pane of glass and placing a piece of clear hard plastic in the its place. A heavy-duty garbage bag also works in a cinch. Tiny holes and cracks can be fixed with clear nail polish. If they’re not big enough to compromise the whole glass, you may not even need to replace the pane at all.
Windows that can’t open can be caused by a series of reasons. If you recently painted the frame, the paint may have stuck on the side railings, causing the window to seal in place. To fix this, simply run a thin blade or piece of metal where the panel and the frame meet to remove any dry paint or debris. If the reason the window is not opening is humidity, try using a hair dryer to warm up the wood, then lubricate the channel so the window can slide back and forth without effort.