Trusted Resource for Homeowner Questions & Projects
There are many ways to solve a problem – books, learning through trial and error, hiring a home professional and now the web. The challenge is making time to find and assemble the information that answers your question or enables you to plan a project. You also need patience, and then how do you know you've got the best solution?
Sometimes there isn't time, like when there's no hot water so you take the easiest solution available and forego researching new options like on demand or solar hot water heaters.
What if you knew about an anode rod that extends the life of hot water heaters? And knew the life expectancy of your hot water heater, so you could plan ahead? My goal is to install a solar hot water heater. Oops, haven't done the research to write the article – my technical articles involve finding and reading 4 to 6 articles, and sometimes a phone call.
The Why Behind Home Tips for Women
For 8 years I ran a handyman business and talked to hundreds of homeowners. Before my handyman days, I had a flooded basement because I didn't know about anode rods. We'd just moved to Danbury CT, and now had to move the last 30 to 40 boxes upstairs. We were busy getting ready for our first baby, so I got the easy job of unpacking boxes because I was 8 months pregnant. Hard to believe but …
My basement flooded during my second pregnancy (thankfully we stopped after 2 boys) when we had torrential downpours that caused the basement toilet to overflow when the water table got higher than our septic system. Again we had to carry more than 100 boxes upstairs and unpack them, ultimately throwing out 100s of books. The first flood was preventable so if you want homeowner tips to avoid problems like this, sign up for my bi-weekly newsletter.
You're Invited to Join Our Homeowner Community
Wondering who's visiting Home Tips for Women? We offer the information women homeowners want, from when they first start to think about buying a home solo, to managing their house as a single woman by choice, divorce or widowhood. We want to give women a trusted resource that talks to them, so we include concepts and terminology, checklists and worksheets, to simplify home ownership. We know that home ownership plays a huge role in everyone's quality of life, and we're all about empowering women so they enjoy owning a home rather than treating it like another job to avoid.
All women are invited to come learn about home ownership, as our houses are built using similar materials and techniques. We talk about the technical nuts and bolts of home ownership. We also deal with the challenges of juggling a job, a house and kids, squeezing extended family members into your home … and I loved writing about Who's Folding the Laundry?
Are guys allowed? Absolutely, as they bring a lot of expertise to homeowners with the articles they contribute. It's also helpful for homeowners and home professionals to get to know each other better.
- Homeowners can gain insight into home professionals – plumbers, electricians, handymen and more. They're your neighbors, parents whose kids go to school with your children and they have good and bad days like everyone else. And while some contractor horror stories are true, are they different than the banks that caused the financial housing collapse of 2006?
- Home professionals will learn how to communicate with women homeowners (listening and sharing information) who are interested in learning how to proactively manage their homes.
What You'll Find at Home Tips for Women
We've got 3 types of information at Home Tips for Women, and we participate on lots social media platforms (list below).
- Homeowner Blog – is chock full of articles written by practicing home professionals sharing their expertise with you. The team at Home Tips reviews these articles to make sure that concepts and terminology needed to understand the information is available … in another article, or in our homeowner glossary. We also share homeowner stories to encourage women to step beyond their comfort zone, and tackle more challenging projects (share your story)
- Homeowner Resource Directory – is where you can find home professionals recommended by women homeowners and existing directory professionals/businesses. The listings aren't like other directories because we know you want to get to know someone before you invite them into your home. There are also listings for non-profits and products (coming soon).
- Homeowner Products and Services – offer support beyond the resources above. There are homeowner guides that consolidate all the information, along with supporting worksheets, to complete a project like hiring a contractor or planning a low budget, bathroom remodel. Want more support with questions? You can join the Savvy Homeowner Club and get access to our Q&A forum, and ask questions from our home experts and fellow homeowners. There's also one-on-one coaching with Tina Gleisner, if that better meets your needs.
We hope you like the support we're offering, and look forward to having you join our online community of women homeowners (sign up for our bi-weekly newsletter) and the home professionals who support us in creating homes we love, homes that support how we live and homes that allow us to build financial security for the future.