28 SEPTEMBER 2019 FAMILYHANDYMAN.COM
Advice for new
or tips on homeownership, there’s no better
panel of experts than our readers—many of
them have owned several homes over
decades. So I asked them to send in their
best advice for new homeowners.
Here are some of my favorites.
Pad Your Budget
Most renovations will run over
budget and cost more than you
think. The final project costs pre-
sented on renovation TV shows
just aren’t reality.
Immediately start a home improve-
ment file. Take photos of all projects
that are done to improve your home
and keep the receipts with those
photos. If possible, go paperless in
case of a major disaster.
CAROLYN AND PAUL BROSSOIT
Unpack Your Tools
Set up your workbench and tool areas
first. They’ll come in handy as soon as the
movers pull away.
Live in It Before
Don’t try to make your home perfect
right away. Live in it and let ideas
come and go. You will eventually
find the right one, and you won’t
waste money on something that