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5 Tips for Looking Like a Pro Doing Home Maintenance

When something breaks, goes wrong, or needs tending to in your home, you want to be the one to fix it. There is a sense of pride when completing a home improvement task on your own. But how do you go about fixing something without looking like an amateur? Unless you work as a handyman, many of these house maintenance tasks can be daunting and frankly, a bit confusing. Here is a list of 5 easy tips to help you look like a pro while upgrading your home.

1. Google

A handyman’s knowledge and skill come from experience. Yours will come from the internet. A repair task may seem simple enough to not warrant a call to a costly professional, but you may still need a little help on exactly what to do. Researching quick ‘how to’ tutorials or other home repair hacks will save you from making that call and make you look like you know exactly what you’re doing.

2. Toolbox

Regardless of your profession, you should always have a toolbox. Unexpected house repairs always spring up, you want to make sure you’re prepared. Having the right tools will help you tackle any repairs like a pro. Your toolbox should contain these basic starter tools

  • power drill (ideally cordless)
  • wrench
  • a set of hex wrenches
  • hammer
  • flat head screwdrivers
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • measuring tape
  • a level

3. Workshop 

Now that you have your guide (the internet) and the right tools, you want to get some practice in. The best practice is done in a space outside the home, where no permanent damage can be done. A workshop is a great place to store your tools. You can also use the space to practice some repair hacks you found online or try building something to get acquainted with your toolbox. When you feel ready enough to tackle house repairs start from the outside and work your way in.

4. Stay Organized 

If you really want to tack repair tasks like a pro then staying organized is key. List the repairs and maintenance tasks you have to get done around the house and also the progress you’ve made on each task. You can also list the tools, materials, and specific steps you’ll need to complete each task.

5. Know Your Limit

No matter the tools, practice, or youtube tutorials you go through, sometimes it’s necessary to call in the professionals. In the long run, it will be a cheaper alternative to hire a professional with experience rather than make a costly rookie mistake. It’s okay to wave the white flag.

If you are in need of household maintenance, repairs, remodeling, or home improvements, and would like some professional help, contact us.