47 Skills You Need to Survive Home Ownership

This Old House

Owning a home is not for the faint of heart. It seems simple enough — how bad could it be, right? — but then something goes wrong, and there's no landlord to come save the day. I've been a homeowner for a little over 8 years now, and I'm still learning.This Old House is one of my favorite sites to refer to when things go awry at home, or when we're planning a repair or remodel. They've put together a comprehensive list of things you should learn to be comfortable doing in your own home. From the simple — how to dig a hole — to more complex tasks like drilling through tile or unfreezing a lock, they've come up with lots of scenarios homeowners may find themselves in and at a loss for what to do next.

As any homeowner knows, this isn't everything you need to know — I imagine I will still be googling household problems when I'm in my seventies — but it's a good start.

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