For tips on homeownership, there’s no better panel of experts than our readers—many of them have owned several homes over decades. So I asked them to send in their best advice for new homeowners. Here are some of my favorites.
Live in It Before You Remodel
Don’t try to make your home perfect right away. Live in it and let ideas come and go. You will eventually find the right one, and you won’t waste money on something that isn't necessary.
Keep Track of Improvements
Immediately start a home improvement file. Take photos of all projects that are done to improve your home and keep the receipts with those photos. If possible, go paperless in case of a major disaster.
CAROLYN AND PAUL BROSSOIT
Pad Your Budget
Most renovations will run over budget and cost more than you think. The final project costs presented on renovation TV shows just aren’t reality.
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Bathroom – An easy shower install
When installing a tile shower, the most difficult part is building the sloped base for the floor.
TREE RECYCLING & AN OUTDOOR BENCH
HOW TO INSTALL DURABLE & STYLISH STEEL SIDING
ACHIEVE THE R-VALUE YOU NEED
BUILD YOUR OWN WITH READY-TO-ASSEMBLE CABINETS
Installing wood trim around windows can be expensive and time-consuming. Drywall returns fix that. Most windows are installed using wood jamb extensions to finish the rough openings; these pieces extend the window jambs to the interior wall. Window trim then covers the jamb extensions, providing the finished and trimmed look we all know.
SINK & COUNTERTOPS
DIY LAMINATE COUNTER WITH AN UNDERMOUNT SINK
SITE PREP FOR SUCCESS
HVAC & PLUMBING PLANS
Cozy Living in Connecticut
This lifestyle influencer's New England cottage is chic and cozy!
Home Sweet Home Practice
The next time the demands of teaching make-at-home yoga feel like a chore, channel these reasons to unroll your mat.
5 Tips For Fostering A Successful Hybrid Workplace
Businesses figured out how to work remotely on the fly when COVID-19 rapidly disrupted our way of working.
Dogs Alone At Home
How to reduce or prevent separation issues
Creative Live! Mic M3
A respectable option for home recording
Santa Cruz Guitar’s Happy Traum Signature HT/13 is a fingerpicker’s delight.
Working From Home Is Just The Beginning
What does the future of work really look like? In their new book, journalists Anne Helen Petersen and Charlie Warzel argue that we’re at a moment of staggering potential—if we’re only willing to broaden our imaginations.
XGIMI – A Potent Portable
Even as TVs grow ever-larger, the projector category continues to be an active one, with more recent designs like ultra-short throw models giving viewers an alternative to room-dominating hangfrom-ceiling setups.
Bed in a Box
Just how much drama can you pack into a studio apartment?
A Home Full of Character
Smaller homes like this 1920s Dutch Colonial so often get overlooked as worthy of restoration. Owners don’t think they’re special . . . or they add on or remodel until the original is unrecognizable. This owner saw the potential.