Too often, any home project involving power tools is assigned to “the man of the house,” which means that moms can be waiting weeks, months, or years for their partners to have the time and energy to get certain projects finished.
It’s high time that mothers everywhere take responsibility for making their home improvement dreams come true — and that means learning certain skills around the home. Some of the most valuable home improvement skills for moms to know include:
Even Busy Moms Can Learn Drywall Repair
Before drywall, walls were finished with plaster — if they were finished at all — which meant that homeowners relied on professional plasterers who trained for years to gain the skill to make walls look smooth and even. In contrast, pretty much anyone, even busy moms, can learn how to cut and install drywall.
Interior walls get damaged for all sorts of reasons, from rowdy kids playing rough to heavy wall hangings being improperly secured to tile removal, furniture scuffing, and so much more.
Usually, damaged drywall is merely a problem for the home's appearance. Still, sometimes, drywall holes can cause more serious problems, like releasing lead or asbestos into the air, weakening the exterior envelope, or allowing pests easy entry to interior spaces.
The sooner drywall damage is repaired, the better, and fortunately, with a few small pieces of drywall on hand, moms can learn to patch drywall holes in under an hour.
Knowing Basic Electric Will Make Home Repairs Easier
Many homeowners are scared of electricity, and for good reason. Electric shocks hurt, and large ones can be life-threatening; what’s more, some electrical hazards also cause fire, bringing down an entire house. Yet, modern homes rely on electricity to function, so it behooves all homeowners to have some rudimentary skill in working with electrical systems.
At the very least, moms should know how to find and use their electrical boxes to reset blown circuit breakers if a circuit becomes overloaded (this is about all I can do). However, to complete projects around the home, moms should also become comfortable with the internal workings of outlets and switches, which means understanding how to connect wires to electrical fixtures safely.
With this skill in their toolbox, moms can complete seemingly complex tasks, like installing low-profile ceiling fans in kids’ rooms or adding new layers of light to the kitchen.
Basic Plumbing Are Home Improvement Skills Every Homeowner Should Know
Plumbing tends to be intimidating to homeowners for reasons similar to electricity: messing around with the wrong pipes can lead to lasting damage to oneself and one’s home. And yet, for the same reasons as electricity, it is important that homeowners develop some plumbing skills.
The most fundamental plumbing skill for moms to have is knowing where to locate the valve for their home’s main water line and how to shut the water off if they discover a leak.
However, moms with plumbing skills may also be able to repair dripping faucets, install new fixtures like bidets, or perhaps upgrade their showers with rain heads and other exciting accouterments.
Tiling is a Fun DIY Skill Moms Should Try
There are almost infinite applications for tiles within the home. Tile is durable, easy to clean, and can add incredible visual interest to a space, and it can be applied on floors, walls, countertops, and more. Perhaps best of all, anyone can become a proficient tile layer — including busy moms.
From retiling the bathroom to adding a kitchen backsplash to creating the viral tile table, there are many good reasons to know how to lay tile.
It might be wise for moms to practice their tiling skills on smaller projects, like outdoor countertops, before attempting a larger tile renovation, and having the right tools on hand, like a tile saw and auto-levelers, will make the work much faster and simpler.
Simple Carpentry is a Handyman Skill Anyone Can Learn
To some, woodworking may seem like magic. The ability to transform lumber into gorgeous pieces of furniture is certainly impressive, but the truth is that any homeowner can learn basic carpentry to improve their home.
Moms who are exceedingly detail-oriented may develop an affinity for this household skill and choose to invest more time and energy into woodworking as a hobby.
As with tiling, it helps to have a few key tools on hand, such as a circular saw, clamps, an orbital sander, and a trusty square. As moms become more comfortable in the woodshop, they can expand their toolkits with more advanced tools, like a miter saw, a router, a pocket hole jig, and more.
Even with basic tools, moms should be able to produce small wood projects, like shelves or toddler furniture. With more complex carpentry setups, they might be able to produce new cabinets for the kitchen or fill their homes with bespoke furniture.
Moms don’t need to wait around for someone else to make their home project goals come true. When the kids are napping or off to school, moms can practice the skills they need to transform their homes into the spaces of their dreams.