Home Maintenance: Where to Start
Even if you’re all thumbs when it comes to being handy, there are lots of free and low-cost resources to help you succeed at home maintenance and repair. One can even help you make the world a better place.
Hands-On Help with Home Maintenance
Home Depot and many local hardware stores offer free workshops on a wide variety of topics—from replacing a faucet to doing drywall repair to tackling an electrical problem, chances are, there’s a free class in your area. Some stores also have special workshops for women and children, as well as classes on craft projects.
Habitat for Humanity depends on volunteers, both skilled and unskilled, to rehabilitate and build houses for deserving families. You can work alongside the pros, pick up some new skills, and give back to the community at the same time. If you’ve ever wanted to rip out old plaster walls with a crowbar, this could be your opportunity.
Local community colleges and organizations often have free or low-cost classes, including:
- New York City College of Technology
- Bronx Community College
- Bergen Community College
- Neighborhood Housing Services of Queens CDC
Check the community colleges in your area. Chances are good you’ll find helpful classes.
Online Home Maintenance Resources
- Lowe’s. Lowe’s doesn’t have the workshops that rival Home Depot can claim, but they make up for it with a long list of how-to guides and videos.
- This Old House. Major and minor projects, repairs, ideas and more.
- DIY Network. Home maintenance ideas, as well as lots of holiday crafts, gardening tips and other non-maintenance tips.
- How Stuff Works. Comprehensive articles on home repair and maintenance, as well as helpful answers to FAQs (“How often should I repaint the exterior of my home?”) and tips on saving energy and proactively avoiding problems.
- Acme How-to. Tips from the simple (how to test smoke detectors) to the more involved (how to seal or reseal tile grout). Lots of remodeling ideas, too, with photographs.
- Family Handyman. Some repair and maintenance help, along with a gateway to online paid courses through DIY University.
- American Home Shield. This home warranty company offers suggestions and instructional videos for many common home repairs, as well as tips on what pros will charge for many repairs.
- WikiHow. Lots of home and garden maintenance and repair info, designed for beginners.
Home maintenance and repair is part of home ownership. With so many free and low-cost resources available, taking care of your home doesn’t have to be intimidating or mysterious. You can do it!
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