Quick Fixes for New Habitat Homeowners

New homeowners at Choptank Habitat, Maryland eastern shore

We recently participated in a workshop for new homeowners at our local Choptank Habitat. We were part of a homeowners’ workshop at the Waugh United Methodist church in Cambridge, Maryland. Rhodana Fields, the construction supervisor for the new homes gave an interesting presentation about the importance of conserving energy. Since Habitat homes are well constructed and built to tight standards the new owners have the advantage of an energy-efficient house. She told them about the importance of changing the filters of the heating and cooling system so it runs at peak performance and suggested using compact fluorescent light bulbs and environment-friendly cleaning products.

Gene and I explained some basic quick fixes like repairing a loose cabinet hinge and patching a small hole in a wall or window screen. We talked about the importance of cleaning gutters to prevent water damage to foundations and how to set a programmable thermostat to take advantage of lower energy bills. Two major manufacturers provided gifts for the new homeowners: American Standard gave them each a new faucet and Loctite provided a selection of caulks and sealants.

We are always happy to be part of Habitat and help the partner families learn about owning a home and with help from their sponsors at Habitat we know they’re in good hands.  As they get settled into their new homes we encouraged them to visit our website www.diyornot.com for any help they might need.

About diyornot.com

Gene and Katie Hamilton are authors of 20 home improvement books and creators of www.diyornot.com, a website that compares the DIY and contractor costs of hundreds of repair, decorating and remodeling projects. Their weekly column Do It Yourself or Not is syndicated by Tribune Content Agency.
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