Springtime. It’s the season for airing out the house, washing windows, scrubbing floors and all-around general cleaning to clear off the last bits of winter. But home maintenance means more than cleaning the inside of your home.
DIY Home Tips
When you buy your first home, you're excited about decorating. Once you study your home inspection report, you'll realize the house needs repairs. Our DIY home tips help you decide which repairs to tackle yourself, how to do them and when to hire a professional.
Be aware too that do it yourself isn't for everyone. If you want things done quickly and won't accept anything less than perfection, you might want to stick to decorating and a few DIY skills like painting and hanging curtains because it's not as easy as you think.
DIY Home Tips to Get You Started
Rather than giving you step-by-step directions, we focus on the skills and tools you need for most homeowner projects. We cover the most common DIY homeowner mistakes to help you avoid them. Once you're comfortable with one tile project, you're ready to apply those skills to other DIY projects.
Wondering where you can learn how to tape and mud drywall? If you want to do your own home repairs and/or remodeling projects, knowing how to tape and mud is a good skill to have. You can watch lots of videos but you also need
Caulking windows is one of the best ways to stop drafts in your home. Most homeowners associate caulking with sinks and bathtubs because you replace this caulking more often, but caulking windows is equally important. It’s just that caulking windows and doors is typically part of a larger painting project, so you forget about the … Read More
We might see curtains everyday but most homeowners aren’t experts at where to place them relative to the windows they frame. Every homeowner has their own decorating style and not everyone uses curtains. Sometimes they might not be comfortable installing curtains, so they’ll use blinds or nothing. Sounds like it’s time to get the advise of an … Read More
There’s nothing more wonderful or luxurious than wood flooring in a home. The look is classic and, if treated properly, your wood floor will probably be the last flooring choice you will ever have to make. But there are more than a few hazards to selecting the right flooring and flooring installers. Here are a … Read More
It’s winter, we’ve had the house in Arizona for two years now so it was time to clean the dryer vent. What should have been an easy project has turned into a mess and I’m not happy about it. All I had planned to write about in this blog post was how to clean a … Read More
There are many things to love about winter but living in a cold house isn’t one of them. Everyone has ideas to help you stay warm during the winter. For fun, I decided to gather these ideas into a list to show you more creative ways to stay comfortable this winter. Yes, there are a … Read More
When you realize there’s a draft coming from your windows, you might think about new windows or storm windows if you have older, wooden windows. These are the traditional solutions to reducing unwanted air flow, to stop cold air from outside getting into your home. New windows are the right long term solution but what … Read More
Like many features in our home, we take our doors for granted. Doors separate our living spaces — exterior doors keep the elements outside and interior doors let us close off different living areas like bedrooms and bathrooms. We don’t really think about doors unless we’re remodeling or find ourselves with a sticky door. There are … Read More
After decorating and painting, installing tile is a very popular homeowner do-it-yourself project. Tile by its very nature is small and easier to maneuver than many building materials like a 4×8 sheet of plywood or 2×8 boards of lumber when building a deck. The biggest challenge when installing tile is cutting the tile, especially when … Read More