The Home Owners Manual – A handy guide to basic home repair and maintenance
The Home Owner’s Manual: Operating Instructions, Troubleshooting Tips, and Advice on System Maintenance
by Dan Ramsey and the Fix-It Club
2006, 224 pages, 5.1 x 6.8 x 0.8
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Author Dan Ramsey packs a lot of handy info in this cute book that would fit into a back pocket of a pair of painter pants. As a licensed building contractor, Ramsey shares his expertise with us, offering step-by-step instructions on topics such as: electrical maintenance, checking pipes for leaks, inspecting the roof and cleaning out gutters, cleaning a chimney, unclogging drains, cleaning duct work, repairing damaged siding, and so much more on both the interior and exterior of the house.
What the title doesn’t convey is that it’s not only a manual for repairing and maintaining the guts and shell of your home, but also a nice guide for new home-owners who are in the process of buying a home. In this section he talks about agents, FSBOs, closing a deal, different financing options, and even touches on the process of moving into a house. He includes a nice four-page checklist you can use when inspecting a house before making an offer on it.
For old hands who already have knowledge in the basics of home buying, repairing, and maintenance, this book might be too elementary, but for newbies or homeowners who’ve decided to take matters into their own hands rather than hiring outsiders to help, this is a wonderful book to get you started. – Carla Sinclair