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A Single Parents DIY Guide to Home Maintenance

Owning a home is a worthwhile investment. Being a single parent can be rough, and it means that you have more responsibility on your shoulders when it comes to taking care of the kids and your abode. Here are some quick tips to ensure that you repair and maintain your home without breaking the bank.

Keep a Nice Supply of Tools on Hand

When you have a home, you need tools to help you fix anything from a missing receptacle cover to tightening the washer hose. You don’t have to spend a fortune. Things to keep on hand include an air compressor, Philips and Flathead screwdrivers, a socket set, drill, circular saw, sander, miter saw, wrench, hammers, and an assortment of nails and screws. Almost any project in your home uses some, if not all, these things. You don’t need to pay a fortune, but you will save yourself a great deal of money if you learn to be handy and take care of the little things.

Know When You Are Over Your Head

The online video craze is upon us. Those people making the videos make the most difficult tasks look like child’s play. While you can watch tutorials online and get information from web pages, some repair projects are better left to the experts. When it comes to AC repair or installation, plumbing rehabs, or electrical issues, call in the professionals, like Arctic Heating, Cooling & Plumbing, Inc. If you don’t know what you are doing, then you can cause more damage. This is especially true of an HVAC unit. It could cost more money than if you had just let the pros handle it from the beginning.

Embrace DIY TV Shows and Online Tutorials

Where would you be without online tutorials and those housing rehab television shows? There is a video for just about any problem you might have in your home. Whether you need to replace a belt on the dryer, change a thermostat in your hot water tank, or seal a leaking roof, you can find a guide on the web. These videos are incredible ways to teach you to be more self-sufficient.

Keeping A Home Can Be Simple for A Single Parent

Today’s generation is ready, willing, and able to roll their sleeves up and get dirty. There’s something beautiful about fixing things around the house and avoiding costly repair bills. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it, and calling in an expert is advisable in many situations. Being a single parent means you have a lot of expenses and things to worry about. You can put more money in your pockets by becoming a DIY expert.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
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