You’re probably home and getting cabin fever. What better time to tackle some of the homeowner projects you’ve been putting off for months, maybe years? That’s why we’ve put together these 10 easy projects to help you stay busy at home. Everyone likes to do different things, so here are some tips for sorting through … Read More
DIY or Faster with A Handyman
When you buy your first home, you're excited about decorating. Once you study your home inspection report, you 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 with confidence to other tile projects.
- Installing Curtains: Where Do I Hang Them?
- Color Wash Paint Perfect for Old Houses
- Bathroom Tile Ideas & Doing It Right!
- Learning How to Caulk
Learn DIY Skills You'll Use Over & Over
It's tempting to tackle almost any homeowner project because you can. But it's not the smartest strategy because practice makes perfect. You'll benefit by getting really good at a few skills and leaving the others to your significant other or a handyman.
For example, I really wanted to learn how to mud drywall when I owned my handyman business. But realistically I knew it would take at least 20 to 30 hours of practice to get good enough that I'd be happy living with the results ... so I passed.
Here are DIY skills worth learning:
- Painting is the obvious one.
- Replacing parts in your toilet bowl to fix most problems.
- Tighten hardware that's loose - handrails, door handles, cabinet hardware ...
- Caulking used everywhere, to prevent water damage.
- Cleaning and sealing grout (to reduce cleaning time).
- Cleaning vents - dryer, stove, foundation and ...
- Replacing window and patio door screens.
- Replacing weatherstripping around windows and doors.
- Cleaning gutters but only if you're comfortable working on a ladder.
Every house has baseboard which is installed when a house is built. You might replace your baseboard when remodeling or refinishing your floors. If your house floods, replacing baseboard will be one of the many things needed to return your home to it’s pre-flood condition. The big question is when to remove the baseboard? Unless … Read More
When you move into a brand new house you want to decorate, organize and protect your home so it sparkles forever. Furniture pads will let you move furniture around, knowing your floors are protected from scratches and gouges. The challenge is finding the best furniture pads for your floors and furniture. More homeowners worry about … Read More
Organizing crafts in your home can be challenging. With lots of quilting fabric, there’s enough shelf space for fabric but not enough room for the extras – ribbon, books and more. Learn how to organize ribbon so you’re ready for the next project. As I’m still unpacking from my move to Florida, when Mary asked … Read More
Hopefully the biggest toilet problem you’ll ever have is getting someone to deliver a roll of toilet paper to you when sitting on the throne. But toilets have lots of moving parts and get lots of use. That means you’ll probably need to deal with at least one toilet problem in your life as a … Read More
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.
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