House and Components

A house is much more than just a collection of rooms. Here’s everything that goes into making your house a home.

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    New Homeowner’s Guide

    From making an offer on your dream home to navigating your first year of DIY home repairs, the experts at Family Handyman will guide you through your landmark journey of new homeownership.

    What to Do Within the First Year After Moving Into Your New Home

    When you move into your new home, there are a number of cleaning tasks, basic projects and upgrades to consider....


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    Breaker Box Safety: How to Connect a New Circuit

    Add a new circuit to your home's wiring


    DIY Home Inspection Tools

    Spot expensive problems before you make an offer on a new home


    Save Money With Home Energy Audit

    Find out where you're losing energy—and what you can do to stop it

    How to Insulate a House

    Do it right to save $$, stay warm


    How to Paint Concrete Floors

    Transform your concrete basement or garage floor with a fresh coat of paint.

    10 Best Home Improvement Projects Under $1,000

    Updating countertops, painting the exterior or upgrading an appliance are simple ways to add big value to your home.


    10 Best Home Improvement Projects Under $500

    A little can go a long way when it comes to home improvements. For just $500 you can make some...


    10 Tricks to Make Your Computer Run Faster

    Over time, as your computer (and technology in general) ages, your computer is bound to run a little slower than...


    20 Home Renovations That Instantly Add Value to Your Home

    These home renovations are so worth the upfront expense.

    100 Home Disasters Waiting to Happen

    It's only a matter of time before these real-life home improvement fails become disasters.


    100 Home Repairs You Don’t Need to Call a Pro For

    You may think some home repairs are out of your league, but even beginner DIYers can handle many of these...


    Add Value to Your Home With These 12 Easy Upgrades

    Outfit your abode with these high-impact, low-budget projects.


    How to Paint Your Front Door

    Spruce up your house by painting your front door. It's an easy DIY project.


    Estimating Software Technology

    What? You’re not using geospatial generated estimates? Read this article to find out why you should start.

    12 Best Home Improvement Projects Under $100

    A little can go a long way when it comes to home improvements. For just $100 you can make some...


    How to Snuff Out Bad Smells in Your House

    Every now and then you'll walk into a room in your home and think to yourself, "What stinks?" Maybe it's...


    31 Cheap Workshop Updates for the Ultimate DIY Space

    Our readers know how to make the most of their home shop space. These 31 updates don’t cost much (or...


    How to Hang Drywall: Pro Tips for Cutting and Installing

    A good framing crew makes drywall hangers whistle while they work. Follow these great hanging suggestions, and you can make...


    12 Tips for Bending Metal with a Bending Brake

    A metal brake is the tool for bending custom metal flashing and decorative trim. Every siding contractor and most roofers...


    Best Practices for Trim Removal

    There’s an art to removing trim. Learn how to salvage the trim you want, while keeping the collateral damage to...


    12 Bad Roof Maintenance Habits to Stop Doing Immediately

    A healthy roof is one of the most important parts of your home. These bad roof maintenance habits could cost...


    How to Paint a Room

    Read on as we walk you through all the steps, from choosing the paint to cleaning up when you're done.

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    What to Know About Coping Trim

    Here's a quick little rundown on what to know about coping trim for inside corners.


    Pro Tips for Basement Finishing

    These are great tips on how to solve many of the problems you're likely to encounter when working on your...


    How to Adjust a Mechanical Thermostat

    Fine-tuning tips for better furnace performance.


    How to Upgrade Your Bathroom Vanity

    A fresh new look for your bathroom.


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    10 Cool Tips for a Garage Refrigerator or Freezer

    If you've ever wanted the convenience of a garage or outdoor fridge, here's what you need to know! Click through...


    Tips and Techniques for Pouring Self-Leveling Underlayment

    We’ll show you the step-by-step process to achieve a perfectly flat and level underlayment that’s smooth as glass.