Women tackle home improvement

   December 23, 2012 8:02 am    1


Women are building up muscle and home improvement savvy, says an article in The Huffington Post.

It quotes the

National Association of Realtors

and other data that tells us women are homeowners and heads of households who are not afraid of a little DIY. The National Council for Research on Women agrees and points out the poverty levels among women, and that leads to more facts: Doityourself.com says the main reason women take up home improvement on their own is to save money.

How do you start? Look up tasks on the Internet. You can also ask you local big box store or hardware store, watch a home improvement program, ask a friend or buy or borrow a book.

Painting, hanging pictures and simple repairs are easy ways to start. Remember safety first. Get/borrow the proper tools, equipment — safety glasses (a must no matter what), etc. When I was a mom alone, I did a few DIY things, but I never tackled electricity, plumbing, or anything that required a tall ladder. I installed carpet in my basement and wound up at the ER after slicing into my thumb. Lesson learned. Use better tools and make sure the neighbors are home to watch the kids while you’re at the ER.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.


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One Response to “Women tackle home improvement”

  1. Trevor Price says:

    It’s not just single women who do DIY projects. My wife and her friends are always getting together to do projects and help each other. They love to decorate and change things up in their homes and they’re not afraid of the work themselves. And it’s not because their husbands won’t do it, they just like the satisfaction of learning something new and doing it themselves (plus it does save us money). I think all those ladies on HGTV type shows are an inspiration to all women to show them they can do things themselves.

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