I came across an article by Barbara Kavovit in the New York Times that caught my fancy. The owner of Barbara K!, a young business that sells a “line of innovative, ergonomically designed home improvement tools for women and an extensive line of high-quality do-it-yourself kits.”, tells the newspaper in an email: “I can’t even begin to estimate how many times I’ve flown during the last several years… I’m an entrepreneur, and I live by the credo that I never know who might be interested in my products. So I’ve made it a point to travel with my tools: pliers, screwdrivers, plumbing supplies, you name it, I probably have it in my carry-on.”
I wouldn’t picture a wife traveling on air with her tool belt on (unless she owns a multi-million dollar business like Barbara’s) but this prompted me to check her site and got me to realize that this home improvement expert is starting to revolutionize the industry together with Stanley Tools. Who would have thought that someone can influence women to tinker with screw drivers, handle strip joint pliers, and solve leaks with an adjustable wrench? What used to be the activities of men in the house is now made housewife-friendly. So whose territory is it now, guys? Mom’s taking care of home enhancement and repair projects this time.
For women out there who are planning to follow Barbara’s approach, here are some ways that I thought of to get you started with some basic repairs and improvements in the house.
Get comfortable with hand tools. Watch online videos on how to use them and surprise your hubby with just how short you’ve solved the leak in the lavatory.
Ask hardware and tools salesmen about the products that you find interesting. They’d be very pleased to give pointers to a woman who’s excited to do rough work at home.
Make notes of wall cracks, missing kitchen tiles and other projects that need to be completed. You will be motivated to complete each one as you delete your tasks one by one in the list.
Volunteer in Habitat for Humanity. You can pick up valuable construction techniques from fellow volunteers and yes, be of service to your community too.
Keep a list of the things that you’ve repaired so you can track down your improvement over time. Home improvement can be addicting so you better be proud of your accomplishments.
Do this and you’ll be adding more value to your home!
Andy Denton is the COO of Realty.com. Realty.com is a real estate search portal, dedicated to connecting home buyers and sellers to trusting real estate services. Follow the Realty.com blog for up to date housing news and trends. And monitor local mortgage rates at RealtyGadget.com.
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