July 2012

The Homeowner's Guide to Greatness

A book to educate inexperienced homeowners.

Homeownership is a role with many pitfalls and a vast number of responsibilities. In many cases, new homeowners are unprepared for what it entails; a homeowner who neglects their duties can find themselves dealing with some very expensive problems. The Homeowner’s Guide to Greatness seeks to educate inexperienced homeowners as to the various problems they will face and how to handle them. Authors Jocelyn Jane Cox and Rob Strati seek to inject humor into the role of homeowner as a means to help them come with the inevitable stress.

The Homeowner’s Guide to Greatness also deals with the decision to buy a home in the first place. The big question in this area is whether to buy a home or to rent for the foreseeable future. Authors Jocelyn Jane Cox and Rob Strati make the point that while renting may seem like a waste of money, it is often much cheaper to rent than to take out a home loan. 

'Mini Farming for Self Sufficiency'

A book about growing food by Brett Markham

One of the basic duties of adulthood is being able to provide for yourself and your family and what more essential need is there than food? What better way to provide food than by growing it yourself? Intensive farming for a household is one of the oldest and most important traditions in human history.

This has been done in most cultures throughout the world and is still something done today in many places. Homeowners in many places where yards are smaller than that of the typical American home have developed methods of growing food on very small plots of land. Brett Markham is the author of Mini Farming for Self Sufficiency, and in this book he attempts to show the average homeowner the various benefits to be gained by growing their own food, and how to do it even in very small spaces. 

Avoiding the con in construction

How to plan for hassle-free home building, renovation & repair

Kia Ricchi was once a building contractor in Florida and in her book, Avoiding the Con in Construction: How to plan for hassle-free home building, renovation & repair, she attempts to help the average homeowner navigate the waters of home construction. There is a common misconception regarding the simplicity of the construction industry, this has led to many naïve homeowners being led headfirst into a problem-filled situation that they can only escape with bankruptcy and/or foreclosure.

The book attempts to help homeowners become savvy about the dangers of the industry. In the preface she warns homeowners about embarking on impulsive additions and other forms of construction just because their neighbors did it, she also warns the ignorant about going blindly into construction without understanding the laws and codes that govern the industry.

What's a Homeowner to Do?

A guide and resource to home repair for new homeowners

For first time homeowners, their home repair can seem incredibly complex and technical, fraught with problems that are insurmountable without calling for (expensive) professional help. Of course, this is so for some things, but that does not mean that home repair in general should be avoided or that it is a necessary to call in a contractor for everything that goes wrong.

Many expert DIYers started out clueless too, and learned by reading and by trying. A home where repairs are necessary should not be seen as an expensive burden, but rather as a learning opportunity. It should be seen as a challenge that the homeowner can take on and acquire new skills and problem solving methods.