New Years Resolutions for your home
Last year, I featured some DIY Books in my Holiday Gift Guide. I have thoroughly enjoyed these books throughout the year, and have used & recommended the Black & Decker Home Planner and LogBook countless times. I have several friends in real estate and every time we discuss real estate, I encourage them to keep a few of these on hand to offer to their clients as gifts at closings. A couple have tried it and then called me because of the great feedback from their clients. I love it so much that I have mentioned it a few times in blog posts this year, and with many people setting New Years Resolutions soon, I felt like it was the perfect time to mention it again 🙂 This would be an EXCELLENT resource to help you make New Years Resolutions for your home – whether you rent or own!
I don’t want to repeat all the great features I mentioned in the DIY Books post, but I will share with you one of the reviews from Amazon: “This logbook is incredible! It is full of information about products, storage, organization, etc. Aside from the wealth of information it gives you on household items and how to maintain them, it gives you one place to store every item you want to record. It is full of charts to place your warranty numbers, phone numbers for merchandisers, serial numbers of your products, etc. It gives you lists after lists. If you are an organizer or want to become one, this will be the ONLY book you will ever need again. I still have not been able to complete my household belongings because it is so extensive. It will also be great when you make new household purchases…all you need to do is put down all the pertinent information and you have it for safe keeping. I would suggest that once you start filling in the pages, you keep it in a fire-proof box. It is sure to help you if you ever have a disaster in your home. Insurance purposes aside, this is a great way to catalog your belongings that are precious to you.”
How Your House Works, Second Edition reinforces the fact that it pays to be an informed consumer. Knowledge of your home’s systems helps you control repair and construction costs and makes sure the correct elements are being installed or replaced. How Your House Works uncovers the mysteries behind just about every major appliance and building element in your house. Clear, full-color drawings show you exactly how these things should be put together and how they function, including what to check if they don’t work.
How Your House Works: A Visual Guide to Understanding and Maintaining Your Home, Updated and ExpandedHow Your House Works: A Visual Guide to Understanding & Maintaining Your Home100 Things Every Homeowner Must Know: How to Save Money, Solve Problems and Improve Your HomeThe Complete Do-it-Yourself Manual Newly UpdatedNew Fix-It-Yourself Manual: How to Repair, Clean, and Maintain Anything and Everything In and Around Your Home
I like these books as well. It’s important to know how to clean and properly maintain the various things within your home. A house is likely your most expensive investment, so you must know how to care for it properly. Regular maintenance and checkups can sometimes prevent or reduce costly repairs – or alert you to a potential problem early on, before it gets worse! We recently saw signs of an issue with our hot water heater during a maintenance checkup, and upon closer inspection found it was on the verge of bursting – which would’ve damaged and destroyed many things in our basement! It was under warranty, and we had the receipt with the manual in the handy logbook, so a quick phone call got it replaced at no cost 🙂
I feel like these books make great gifts for high school or college graduates going out on their own, wedding gifts, and of course house warming gifts. It can be challenging after many years to locate old paperwork and manuals, etc. if you haven’t been this organized all along (though it’s never too late to start working on it!). Giving these as gifts to those just starting out can really help them get off on the right foot.
What New Years Resolutions for your home are you making for the upcoming year?
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