Loved it! Great reference book.
Celebrity handyman Mike Holmes has a point to drill into every homeowner: when your house talks, you need to listen. "The Holmes Manual" breaks from the author's previous emphasis on hiring a professional and offers 308 pages of colour photos, tips, sidebars and advice on home maintenance and DIY projects. Holmes methodically maps out virtually every telltale sign that a home needs attention, from fogged up windows to a squeaky floor to a cold bedroom.
The eight detailed chapters cover exteriors, attics, windows, floors and plumbing to name just a few topics. Apparently, in penning his advice, Holmes drew on common questions he has received from audience members at speaking events across the country. Within each chapter, he offers tips to help homeowners protect themselves such as going beyond minimum code when replacing a roof. He asserts that the more people know about their homes, the more grief and money they will ultimately save.
Though the renovations for which Holmes advocates in this book do not come with the "wow factor" of a new kitchen or shiny hardwood floors, they do keep your house structurally sound. With photos of how a job should look versus a job gone wrong and charts with pros and cons of different building materials, Holmes provides an educational tool that encourages readers to slow down and be "at one" with their houses.
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