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Posted by Thomas Murphy on 2/14/2021


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It may be tempting to call an expert (and sometimes, you can't avoid doing so) to fix something or to enhance the decor of your home, but some projects are surprisingly easy to do. Tackling DIY projects at home has never been easier, thanks to the availability of tools and products designed just for homeowners. You won't have to pay contractor's rates -- and can have a custom look you'll love -- when you try one or more of these projects. 

Upgrade your Shower: Get an immediate boost to your shower when you swap out the old shower head for something new. Removing the old head and adding a fancy new one -- whether you want something adjustable or a spa-worthy rain shower. You won't need many tools and can remove the old head, clean things up, then add the new one in about an hour. You'll love the satisfaction that comes from doing this yourself, and be able to buy a more expensive shower head without blowing your budget, too. 

Paint a Room: Leave the cathedral ceilings and complicated spaces to a pro, but if you just need a quick color change in a bedroom, you can generally DIY it for about a quarter of the cost of hiring someone to do it. Expect to spend several hours over the course of the weekend and invest the savings into quality equipment and paint you'll never have to touch up or worry about. 

Prepare the Garden: Shoveling out a 10x10 space sounds less than appealing to most of us, but you can rent a tiller from a local home improvement store and DIY this space in under an hour. You'll be able to focus instead on the planning and planting -- not the grueling digging -- when you take this approach. If you can push a lawnmower, you can use a tiller to prepare any area for planting in a hurry. 

Assemble Furniture: You can hire someone to do it, or pay a fee for the store to assemble things, but if you have some spare time and a few tools, most items can go together very swiftly. Use the time to binge watch a new program and DIY the assembly. You'll save money and get the satisfaction that comes from knowing you can do things yourself. 

Powerwash: There are many powerwasher brands on the market today that offer a lot of cleaning for a small price. A contractor could charge you hundreds of dollars each time you need the service, or you can spend about a hundred one time and get a unit of your own. These smaller, more compact models still pack plenty of punch and can be used for decks, porches, patios and on your home itself with ease. 

Simple projects like these build your skills and your inventory of supplies and tools. If you have a project in mind that can be safely done, it is worth exploring your DIY options -- you could end up leanring something new and creating a finished look you'll love. 

 




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Posted by Thomas Murphy on 5/31/2020


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There are plenty of maintenance concerns to think about when owning a home. Once you’ve completed your purchase and settled in comfortably, it’s important to remember that there will be no landlord to come around and fix those leaky faucets. You’ll need to either fix them yourself or pay to have a professional tackle the job.

Protecting Your Investment: Which Tools Do Homeowners Need?

Physical Tools

1. Claw Hammer

The claw hammer is a classic everyday tool for good reason. With a flat die that is perfect for pounding and a second side featuring a V-shaped notch for extracting nails and other household items from wall or wood safely.

2. Manual Screwdriver Set

Investing in a manual screwdriver set makes it easy to assemble furniture, tighten cabinet doors, remove light switch covers and so much more. Look for a set with multiple blade tips and sizes to get the most from your kit.

3. Cordless Drill

While slightly more expensive than other household tools, a cordless drill will come in very handy over the years. Whether you need to hang a new art piece securely or it’s time to drill a few bolts for your new flat-screen TV, a battery-powered drill will help you get the task done quickly and efficiently.

Financial Tools

1. HomeBudget App

When purchasing a new home, you’ll likely find that the spending doesn’t slow down for quite some time after all the necessary paperwork is completed. With this handy app, you can enter your spending directly after each purchase and share it with other authorized users in your household to keep track of your budget.

2. FileThis

You’re also likely to have a huge amount of important paperwork to keep track of after closing on your new home. If you’re the type of person who struggles to organize your ever-growing stack of financial paperwork, this tool can help. Essentially, this tool works as a digital filing cabinet, logging and organizing your paperwork in a user-friendly system that works.

3. Puddle

Feeling a little cash-strapped after the move? Puddle makes it easy for users to borrow and lend money with friends or loved ones via small, short-term loans. Whether you need extra cash to paint the living room or you want to invest in a home security system, Puddle is designed to help you manage personal loans for a period between 3 and 6 months.

Enjoy Your New Home

You never know what kind of twists and turns life can throw at you after becoming a homeowner. In the event of an emergency, it’s best to have a fully stocked physical and financial toolbox to help keep your life and finances on track.




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