Home Improvement Tips for the Single Mom

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by Denise on February 1, 2011 · 0 comments

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Owning your own home is liberating, particularly when you achieve the dream of homeownership as a single mom. Yet, there are some pitfalls to owning a home as a single mom, especially if you do not have a lot of experience in home repairs. No matter how good of condition your home was in when you purchased it, it will eventually need some repairs. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

First, purchase a basic tool kit. You are going to want some screwdrivers, a hammer, a few wrenches, and a handful of various types of screws, nails, nuts, and bolts. When something happens in the middle of the night that you must fix, these basic tools will make it possible.

Next, find a resource book or a few trusted websites with pictorial, easy-to-follow instructions on basic home repair tasks. You never know what you are going to need to fix, but having a go-to source will ensure that you can fix it when you need to do so.

When you need a larger task done, ask for advice. While you do not want to rely on the charity of friends or family, you can rely on their expertise before you call a service contractor. For instance, if your furnace goes out and you have no knowledge of the way furnaces work, an unscrupulous contractor could easily tell you that you need a full replacement unit, and you will not know how to check if this is accurate. Ask around to see others who have an understanding of the way in which these units work, and this will help you decide whether or not the contractor is telling the truth.

Be vigilant when selecting contractors for jobs you cannot handle on your own. Start with word-of-mouth referrals, but then follow up by checking with the Better Business Bureau and state licensing boards to ensure that the contractor is on the up and up. This will prevent you from being taken advantage of by someone who is more interested in making a buck than really helping you improve your home. Always get proof of insurance and written price estimates to protect yourself.

Always deal with your repairs or improvements quickly. The longer you wait, the worse a problem is going to get, and the more it is going to cost. Of course, you do not want to take on huge debt dealing with an emergency repair, but you need to consider how much more the cost could be should you let the problem go too long without fixing it. Weigh the expense of fixing the problem now against the possible expenses later if you wait before you make a decision

About Denise

As a mom to three girls Denise knows the difficulties of being a single parent. Denise has been working to help single moms across the country since 2007. In her free time Denise enjoys camping, riding four wheelers and just spending time with her family.

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