DIY Home Repair – Get a Genie Garage Door Opener and Get to Work
First time home owners breathe new life into the phrase, “pride of ownership.” Once you sign your name on the final settlement statement and move in your new home, you’re ready to take the reins on handling home maintenance and performing do-it-yourself repairs. What you may lack in experience, you can make up in enthusiasm. Knowing where to turn for advice, tools, and replacement parts can help.
There are a number of places you can turn to for advice on many repairs and maintenance projects. One obvious resource is your parents-they managed a household and probably have some good tips. However, this may not be possible if you’ve relocated out of town or if they weren’t particularly handy. So, another great source of advice might be a kindly neighbor. Or perhaps a knowledgeable employee at the local hardware store. And, when all else fails, you can find nearly anything online-from brands that are compatible with the Genie garage door opener you have to step by step instructions on changing an air filter, building a retaining wall and a whole host of other DIY projects.
Ask around the community and browse forums, blogs and handyman sites online-figure out your best “real live” resources as well as the best sites for instructions.
Finding Tools and Parts
Saving money wherever possible is another priority of the first time home owner. The cost of tools and parts needed for repairs will be a great determiner of when and how the project gets done. Again, your resources will be really helpful for this aspect of the job. A very generous neighbor may be willing to loan you the power saw you need. The local hardware store might have the tool you need available for rent.
And you can also turn to your online sources. Once you know the tool you need or determine the part necessary, you can compare pricing. Many sites sell parts at deep discounts and can afford to be more competitive than the box stores in your area. And many sites also have customer service representatives who can help you over the phone, diagnosing a problem and determining the best course of action. If you find a site that offers superior service and great prices, you’ll want to bookmark it for future projects. For example, if you’re looking for garage door openers, Genie is a premier brand that offers remotes that are affiliated with other names, and you may find help from a retail site that sells these garage parts and products. If you have a good experience and are happy with the prices, add the site to your “Favorites,” and you’ll be able to use it for future garage repairs.
A Job Well Done
There may be a few hiccups or setbacks when performing DIY repairs on your first home. But this learning experience can prove invaluable, as will finding your best resources for helping you now and later. And you’ll have the best benefit of all-pride in doing the job yourself.
The good news is that projects and repairs are a near constant feature of owning a home, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to practice your newly found skills-and pass them along someday.