By Tracy Achen
Can you do home repairs yourself without a man's help? Sure you can! All it takes for the majority of jobs around the house is some simple tools and a little know-how.
Imagine how you will feel when you fix that squeaky door that your significant other never got around to looking at. Even better, you can fix that dripping faucet that drives you crazy and keeps you up at night.
Being able to handle basic home care and home maintenance is an important part of living independently. Once you get the basics down, you won't have to call someone (your brother, neighbor, or repairman) every time there's a problem.
While you may not be able to fix everything around the house, you can tackle the majority of jobs.
Before you get started with those home improvement projects, it helps to have some basic tools on hand. Here's a short list of tools that you should have in your toolbox:
You may need to buy more tools as you tackle the various home repairs. Don't worry about it though, because most of these tools can be used for other jobs. An affordable way to acquire additional tools is to wait until Christmas or Father's Day. Most stores have really good sales on tools during these holidays.
Since there are so many different things that can go wrong in a home, I am providing some good resources that offer information on how to do home repairs yourself.
WonderHowTo - Do-It-Yourself home improvements aren't so daunting with these how-to articles, projects, and videos covering everything from home maintenance to appliances to woodworking and more.
Family Handyman - This is a home improvement site with lots of great ideas and solutions, plus there is even a DIY university with classes on various projects.
HomeTips.com - Offers everything from DIY to home problem solving. Has an extensive list of repair project with clear instructions.
These resources offer lots of instruction and advice to help take the insecurity out of starting household repair projects.
By tackling those little home repairs yourself, you'll not only save money but build your confidence in the process. The following articles offer more tips on saving money that you may find helpful: