A Practical Tool Guide for First Time Homeowners Part 1


new_house1.jpgThere’s nothing like the feeling of owning your own home, provided that your ownership experience came without a complicated adjustable rate mortgage and with a nice sizeable down payment to off-set your monthly payments.  With that said, what does the first time homeowner truly need to run his or her own property/house?  And by run I mean basic maintenance and upkeep tasks (I see too many of my close friends paying other people to do stuff they should be capable of handling themselves, provided the end product is done with skill). 

Let’s start with some basic equipment that can help with general maintenance; in my view, it’s best to live in your new home for 1-2 years before making any major changes (unless of course you have an extreme circumstance):

Finally, if you’re lucky enough to have a high quality hardware store located in town (not just a Home Depot or Lowes), get to know the owner and you’ll be surprised how much you can learn from him/her, plus they will always get you what you need without a long wait or an attitude (even if it’s a little more expensive then the big box stores).

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  1. I love your blog. So many helpful hints. You should change your name to Vincent Vila.

  2. Thanks, Evan! Please let me know if you’d like to hear about any other topic!
    Thanks for reading!

  3. This is your best work so far. Very helpful and informative. You’ll be happy to hear that I winterized my lawn this week-end with Scott’s Turf Builder.

  4. good information! would any of your readers be interested in, a professional, quality, DIVING FLASHLIGHT ?

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  7. thanks for the great info.
    this review about 18v cordless drills also helped me.

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