Growing up, I often remember my grandmother marveling at all the “newfangled appliances” that were available to make household chores easier. She would tell tales of using a ringer washing machine where she fed clothes through rollers one piece at a time. Appliance designs were simpler and many times a homeowner would handle their own … Read More
Home Maintenance Saves Money
When you buy a house, it doesn't come with an owners manual. Like changing your car's oil, you know a house needs some ongoing home maintenance. But you're probably not sure what's on the list or what it takes to complete the tasks. Do you have the right tools or know what materials to buy so you can do things like change your HVAC air filters and clean the dryer vent.
At Home Tips for Women, we offer advice on protecting the investment you've made in your home, based on founder Tina Gleisner's experience running a handyman business. She wrote many of these articles following phone calls with women who didn't know what to do. Tina decided she wanted to help women homeowners manage their homes with confidence!
Simple Steps to Effective Home Maintenance
1: Learn the home maintenance tasks your home needs to stay safe and comfortable. We've got lots of home maintenance checklists to help you.
2: Pick a strategy for maintaining your home on a regular basis. This is key to minimizing your monthly operating costs like the electric bill. It will also help extend the life of expensive home features like a roof, that one day will need to be replaced.
3: Decide who's going to tackle all your home maintenance tasks. Remember that your #1 role is to make sure everything gets done, and that doesn't mean you have to DIY!
Do it yourself if you've got some experience and the time to learn how to do it right.
Build a team of home contractors for tasks requiring more skill, tools or time.
Use a home warranty company for repairs while you do preventive maintenance.
You want your home to be well-insulated to reduce the cost of heating and air conditioning. Equally important is the need for proper ventilation to ensure that moisture and heat can escape from your attic to avoid problems with mold and/or ice dams. Ridge vents (also called roof vent systems), working in combination with soffit vents, are … Read More
We all love watching birds and get excited when they visit us at home. One instance where homeowners would rather not have birds is when woodpeckers look for bugs in their fascia boards, leaving ugly holes in the wood. What I can’t tell you is whether bird houses will prevent this damage (but I love … Read More
When picking a builder in Florida, I had the opportunity to ask the building supervisor questions. One of the most important questions was “… tell me the three best ways to make the house more energy efficient”. Based on this discussion, I agreed to pay a surcharge for a radiant barrier on the roof. While … Read More
Our houses are becoming more energy efficient thanks to building codes focused on driving down US energy consumption. Similar to Energy Star appliances you see at the store, building materials like wall insulation must also meet more stringent building codes. In Florida, there are different codes based on the type of construction and where the … Read More
If you’re hungry you’ll want to cook up some burgers on a grill (no e) in the backyard. You definitely won’t find much success trying to cook anything on the wooden grille shown below (right). This is a good example of how confusing home related words like registers and grilles that mean almost the same … Read More
You probably know where there’s concrete in your house. Your foundation might be poured concrete or you house might sit on a concrete slab like my house being built in Florida (pictured above). What you’re probably not as familiar with are the somewhat strange, thin metal bars that are buried in the concrete to make … Read More
The exterior walls of a house and some interior walls are known as load bearing walls. That’s because they support the ceiling, the floors above and everything up to the roof of your home. Where there are doors and windows in these walls, lintels are the structural support beams that span the opening in a … Read More
Your home’s indoor air isn’t as clean as outdoor air. Home ventilation using the stack effect insures the air inside your home is exchanged with outside air. Here’s an example of the stack effect that’s easier to understand. You know when you light a fireplace smoke is created. The smoke goes up the chimney based … Read More
Wood repair is one of the most common home repairs because your house has a lot of wood. Most (not all) wood rot occurs on your home’s exterior when your home gets wet and water doesn’t run off or evaporate. While some home repairs might seem optional, you’ll save money by making wood rot repairs … Read More