Get a Grip on your Home...Maintenance, Repairs, Upgrades and Renovations


Know the facts, DIY the Basics and Better Manage the Results.

Home Management


As a home owner, you will be responsible for performing basic maintenance on your home. Join us for home maintenance seminars and learn the basic things that you can do to maintain your home. Videos below.

Create a simple Home Management and Maintenance Plan so you will know the complete layout of your home, what appliances you have, footage and more. Also create a maintenance checklist to keep your home care-free, plan renovations, track materials, costs, etc. Also ask about our Home Management Plan Services. Plans are $295 - $695.

Create a plan and maintain your home
  • Drain your water heater once per year

  • Check the Dip Tube and Anode Rod

  • Have all HVAC serviced once per year

  • Check..water leaks, gutters and insulation

Repairs and Upgrades

DIY all basic repairs and upgrades
  • Learn how to change P traps and more

  • Learn basic drywall & other home repairs

  • Learn how to upgrade doors, cabinets..

  • Learn how to update appliances, faucets..

As we all know, owning a home is expensive, and basic repairs can be very costly. Such repairs include simple things like unclogging a toilet, fixing faucet leaks, fixing drywall holes and more, but these are things you can DIY.

Join us for basic home repair seminars and ask about our Home Repairs and upgrade Program, which will easily layout your home, what you have, how to fix it, upgrade it and repair it as DIY Projects. Performing your own basic maintenance, repairs and upgrades will give you a better Grip on your Home - how it is built and how it works.

Basic Renovations

Before you think about renovating your kitchen, bathroom or floors, you must know what the job will entail in detail, as well as the cost of materials, the labor involved, code requirements, whether permits are necessary and more

Check out one of our Renovation Seminars and learn how to save money on demolition and more. Ask about our Home Renovation Consultation and Project Management Program, and let us help you create a project management plan for your next renovation - project detail steps, materials cost, permits, what you can DIY, time frames, check list, points and more.

Home DIY and Project Management:
  • Know details the of what has to be done

  • You must control the cost and contractors

  • You must project manage the job

  • Know code, permit & other requirements

Click Here to view our upcoming seminar and workshop schedule for 2018.

Get a Grip on Home current Projects

I had less than 30 days to perform a major demolition and Gut Rehab and get the basics done with only $20K. I did finish a lot more, but have not updated the pics yet.

Outside - Before & After

Gut rehab of bathroom

Gut rehab of kitchen

Short Before Video
Garden Apt - Demo-250-200

Garden Apt Project

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Get a Grip on Your Home Tips and Concepts

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INSPECTIONS, PERMITS...

Chicago Permits and Info. Link
Chicago Permit NOT Required
Chicago Reg. Contractors List

YOUR WATER SYSTEM

Running Toilet Fix Click here
Unclog Stuff! Click here
Replace P-Trap Click here

HOME MAINTENANCE

Angie's List List Click here
Monthly List Click here
Inspection Fails Click here

CERAMIC TILE INSTALLS

Re-tile Shower Walls Click here
Vinyl Flooring Planks Click here
Stick-n-Peel Vinyl Click here

REPAIRS & UPGRADES

Hole in the wall? Click here
Replace bath faucet Click here
Cement Step Repair Click here

HOW TO BUILD WALLS

Walls in basements Click here
Drywall & Mud Click 1 & Click 2
Build new Stairs Click here

DOORS & WINDOWS

Replace Ext. Door Click here
Replace a window Click here
Reinforce a door Click here

ROOFING & GUTTERS

Installing Shingles Click here
Leaking Gutters Click here
Installing Gutters Click here

BASEMENTS

Stop water inside Click here
Stop leaks outside Click here
Install sump pump Click here

KNOW THE FACTS

Basement Gut Job Click here
Kitchen Renovation Click here
Bath Renovation Click here

Great Contractors that know their stuff and want to help you!
House Imrovments

House Improvements

See Jane Drill

See Jane Drill

This Old House

This Old House

Home Repair Tutor

Home Repair Tutor