Monthly Archives: November 2015

Home Maintenance Projects You Better Be Able to Tackle Yourself

“Home maintenance is a bummer and there’s no way to spin it to make it sound fun. It’s sort of miserable. Everyone hates it. It’s the bad part about owning a home. That said, it doesn’t have to be nearly as bad as you make it out to be. Start painting with bright colors instead of shades of black, you wet blanket! Some things that we have to do around the house can actually be fun! Or at least, easy. You don’t have to break your back of the bank to get many of these things done. Let’s explore some projects you can get done in an afternoon with just a little bit of know how and gumption.

Cleaning Gutters

You may have noticed that the rain no longer falls gently along the gutter system that you were so psyched to have installed back in the day. You may notice that it’s starting to pour down in bad places causing the paint to get all wonky and you think that it’s going to be extremely expensive to fix, which it will be if you let it keep doing that. You have to fix that quickly and that is actually easy to do. You’ll want to get some sort of adjustable ladder so you can climb up along side your home and get into the gutter system and then reach along in and clear out all the debris that has no doubt built up over the years. You’ll want a spotter, for safety, but you go along the whole house and just clear the gutters out with your hands. It’s not so bad, and it’s easy, and it’s kind of fun. See about getting some ladders online at

Repainting the House

A lot of people will pay college kids of local kids to paint their home. The problem with that other than the fact that you’re spinning money on labor, even if it’s cheaper than a true pro, is that they will not have the love for the job as you would. Do you want your home, the place you protect your family, to be covered in a loveless veil? That does not portend well for your family. You have to get your family out there and paint it yourselves. Not only will you save money by doing it yourself, but you will have an attention to detail that the college kids simply won’t have because they’ll be too busy wondering where the keg party is that night.

Refinishing Chairs and Furniture

Another thing that can save money in the long run is to make sure you properly maintain your furniture. A lot of folks don’t think about that, and then the chairs wear out and fall apart and now you’re thinking about going to IKEA and buying a bunch of bad furniture that will never last and will have no resale value. It’s better to get some good furniture and just make sure you maintain it with varnish and proper new upholstery. “