Keep Up With Home Maintenance

There’s a lot to learn when you become a homeowner. You may quickly find yourself needing to be a home maintenance multi-tool — plumber, electrician, carpenter, and contractor coordinator all in one.

We’re here to help! Our ongoing series on home maintenance will have you confidently keeping up your home in no time.  

7 Basic Skills Every Homeowner Can Master

Maybe you want to manage upkeep without the cost of hiring professionals all the time … but aren’t exactly the handiest person. Or perhaps this is your first home and you’re new at all this.

We explain basic homeowner skills that anyone can handle to get you on your way. With a little instruction and some elbow grease, you’ll be able to do the majority of these in no time.

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Need a Contractor? Here's What to Know

Hiring a general contractor can be complicated, as anyone with experience in home renovations or maintenance will tell you.

It requires time management, patience, money, and confident decision-making.

Nervous? Don’t be. Follow our handy contractor hiring guide and go forth with confidence.

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5 Easy Ways to Keep Up Your Kitchen

Nothing is worse than whipping up your culinary masterpiece, only to find that your garbage disposal is broken when you’re cleaning up. The kitchen is the heart of the home, so keeping it beating (erm, we mean operating) is essential for the whole house to run smoothly.

Here’s how to regularly maintain your kitchen.


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Protecting Your Deck: A Quick Guide to Annual Upkeep

By the time spring rolls around, most of us are anxious to unpack our deck furniture and fire up the grill. But before you begin lounging in the fresh air, it’s good to give your deck some TLC.  

Not sure how to do that? We have simple tips to maintain your deck.

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Home Maintenance Tips from Our Keep Community

“If you don’t use it for 6 months, get rid of it!”

And more sage home maintenance advice from our social media followers.

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On a Budget? 5 Ways to Update Your Home for Under $25

You don’t have to break the bank to do some upgrades around your home that will have a big impact. Heated bathroom floors are nice 🛁, but there are smaller, more affordable ways to show your space some TLC.

If you’re looking for a weekend project and only have a few bucks to spare, check out these easy home updates for under $25.

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Your Home’s Plumbing, Electricity, and HVAC, Explained

Outlets, panels, valves, ductwork, vents, furnaces, boilers, fixtures. Your home is full of small parts that make up large systems.

We’ll break down your home’s electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems into simple terms … so you can understand what the heck it is that you’re looking at. Plus, a basic understanding can really help with solving problems!

Chilly Out? Here's Our Guide to Heating Your Home

Every home has one. The behemoth in the basement. The mechanical monster in the utility closet. The beast that grumbles in the night. Yes, we’re talking about your home heating system. We get it, our pipes creak too.

Our series on home heating systems will help you determine what kind of heat you have and the fuel it uses, how to shop for a new system, and the ins and outs of supplemental sources like wood stoves and electric heaters.