We never had a home warranty until house #15, so why did we get one this time? The house was 20 years old, and many of the major systems fail around twenty years, something I learned running a handyman business for 8 years. Rather than have to worry about making an emergency HVAC system purchase during … 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.
We’re always painting something. That’s often because painting is the cheapest way to give a room a new look. Sometimes you’ll paint the entire room, other times an accent wall or maybe it’s time to paint your kitchen cabinets. We’ve got lots of painting articles to help you. When a friend asked me how to safely dispose … Read More
Buying a house can be very stressful. Fortunately there are lots of people to help you through the closing process. All of these people provide services critical to closing on your new house. After the closing, you’ll need to build a new team of home professionals. Here’s our checklist with 30 new homeowner tips, to … Read More
Addressing water/humidity problems should be a top homeowner priority. That’s because moisture supports the growth of mold and mildew. This can make family members sick and cause extensive damage to your house if ignored. So the purpose of a bathroom fan is to remove the moisture from the air after you take a shower or bath … so don’t … Read More
While not as exciting as remodeling or decorating your home, it’s important to get into a routine of regular home maintenance. For new homeowners and those who haven’t spent much time maintaining a home, here are the home maintenance basics you want to be aware of so you can protect the investment you’ve made in … Read More
While draft stoppers can reduce air flow at the bottom of a door or window, you probably also want to use weatherstripping because it can be installed on all four sides of exterior doors and windows. Weatherstripping is meant for movable building components like doors and operable windows. For components that don’t move, caulking is the more appropriate … Read More
Fall is an exciting time of year. The kids go back to school so you have more free time … maybe? It’s also when you start planning for all the year end holidays, from Halloween and Thanksgiving through to New Years. It’s also when you want to get your home ready for cooler weather and … Read More
When you buy a house you’ve got to collect tons of information and more importantly, get your finances under control. You’re swamped with too much information that most homeowners don’t understand, like the home inspection report. So there’s really little time to estimate repair and ongoing home maintenance costs. That’s why so many homeowners read a … Read More
The concept behind home warranty companies makes sense when you’re buying a new house. With a down payment, closing costs and moving expenses, the last thing you can afford is a major home repair like a new HVAC system. That’s why we asked the sellers to provide a home warranty when we bought our last … Read More
Caulking is a bit like magic, that you apply to your home to prevent costly home repairs. If water gets into your home’s infrastructure (roof, walls or floors), it can cause wood rot which is costly and time consuming to repair. The damp environment also encourages mold and mildew, which may cause other health issues (learn how caulk … Read More