Home ownership may be the American dream, but for many buyers, the dream doesn’t stop there. Very few buyers walk into a home without having some plans to change things. No matter how nice a house is, most people have a good sized list of projects they’re hoping to tackle. Whether it’s something simple like painting a wall, or something more involved like a bathroom or kitchen remodel, there are things that buyers want to do to make a house their own. Even if the house is perfect the way it is, eventually, something will need to be repaired or replaced.
It’s a good idea to gather some basic tools for your projects, but I’ll let you in on a secret. There is one tool that trumps them all. It can save you time and money, and even keep you from electrocuting yourself, or flooding your bathroom. What is this magic tool? YouTube.
Fortunately for all of us moderately handy folks, there are hundreds of actual, working plumbers, drywallers, electricians, carpenters and contractors who have not only done the projects on your to do list, but they have also filmed themselves doing it. Seriously, they are doing the Lord’s work out there. Almost every type of job is covered, and a simple search will provide you with thorough tutorials and tips that will help you get the job done. Here are some of my favorite channels for project tutorials.
See Jane Drill is my favorite. “Jane” is actually Leah Bolden, and she provides the calmest, most encouraging tutorials on the Internet. She covers all sorts of home improvement and woodworking projects. You’ll love her.
Paul’s Toolbox is another great channel with a bunch of tool tutorials and quick fixes. This one for fixing a hole in the wall is a great one for all homeowners to bookmark (especially if you’ve got kids!).
The final one is Shannon from House Improvements. He’s got lots of videos covering everything from framing a house to installing a sump pump. Great resources here, and the comments are just as helpful as the videos.