Homeowner’s Guide for People Who Live in the Real World, part 4

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4 Ways to Avoid DIY Mistakes — From a DIYer Who’s Made Them All DIY gone wrong is your worst nightmare. Sleep better with these tips to master DIY know-how. New backsplash? You’ve done it. Upgrading a faucet? No problem. You’re a DIY master. But what about that electrical issue? Or fixing a leaky roof? Even though you (and your BFF, YouTube) have pulled off many DIY projects, you know there are projects you’ve no business trying on your own. But what about those projects that fall somewhere in between “I got this” and “I’m calling the pros”? How can you know if a project is really DIYable for you? For Lucas Hall, finding that answer has been trial and error. As a “DIY landlord” for more than two years…
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Homeowner’s Guide for People Who Live in the Real World, part 3

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7 Simple Home Remodeling Strategies for the Easily Overwhelmed A remodel should be joyful — not stressful. Which stresses you out more? The mere thought of adding a bathroom (so many contractors, so many unknowns, and you’re too busy already!) or fighting for Monday-morning mirror time for all eternity? If it feels like a toss-up, you’re not alone. Remodeling can be overwhelming. With so much going on in your life already, it just feels easier to deal with a home that’s not quite right than to get swamped with one more gargantuan thing, right? Wrong! A remodel doesn’t have to be so all-consuming. With a few stress-sparing strategies, it’s totally doable — and totally worth it. Use these tips, and you’ll never have to step on your toddler’s rubber duckies while showering again. Start By…
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Homeowner’s Guide for People Who Live in the Real World, part 2

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What Was I Thinking? DIYers Talk About Their Worst Decisions Sometimes what seems like a good idea just isn’t. Get tips from DIY projects that didn’t go so well. Finishing a DIY project feels amazing: Not only can you impress your friends, but you can spend every day walking by your masterpiece, gleaming with pride. Unless DIY becomes DI-why?, that is. Even the most practiced do-it-yourselfers sometimes find themselves in the middle of projects that aren’t going according to plan. Don’t feel badly about the organizational system that fell over in your garage or the crooked tiling in the basement. It happens to everyone. Here’s proof. Allowing a Renovation to Snowball When a small project grows bigger and bolder, it can be painful to your budget and your schedule. Blogger Tanya of “Dans…
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Homeowner’s Guide for People Who Live in the Real World, part 1

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Home Maintenance for People with Better Things to Do Owning your own home shouldn’t mean an endless list of chores. Weekends are meant for coaching a youth soccer team to victory, chopping your way through “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” or training for a 5K to help save the pandas — not working your way through a tedious, 30-item maintenance checklist. But then, taking care of the home you love is important, too. So how do you have your fun and keep a well-maintained home? It’s simple: Just be mindful of your home. You don’t need a rigid maintenance list. (They work best for Type A people anyway.) Instead, train your senses to warn you of these problems, and then act ASAP: Your Dryer Seems Hotter Than Usual If…
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8 Dirty Secrets in Your Home

8 Dirty Secrets in Your Home

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Steel yourself: We help you expose — and purge — your home’s dirtiest little secrets. In denial about the crud that’s festering in the nooks and crannies of your home? The maintenance and cleaning pros we talked to say these eight jobs are among the grossest — and among the most important. One job could even save your life. Deep breath … Cruddy Undersides of Rugs Look under your area rugs for a nasty surprise — a sea of grit and dust — despite regular vacuuming. What to do: Move furniture, fold over the rug, and vacuum dirt and dust from its underside. Sweep and mop the floor, too. While you’re under the hood, check the rug’s condition. If there’s no staining or discoloration, a good floor cleaning and vacuuming of the rug’s…
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