HOME CARE WORKSHOP SERIES
Why take care of your home?
Buying a home is a big investment that requires long term, ongoing care and maintenance. For every $1 spent on maintenance, homeowners can save up to approximately $100 in future repairs. So, by taking care of your home and all of its interrelated systems, you can add value to your investment and reap some pretty important benefits, including:
Increased home resale value
Improved comfort and safety of your living space
Improved lifespan of your home systems (heating, cooling, appliances, etc.)
Greater energy efficiency of your home
Saved time and money down the road
This series of monthly workshops will cover topics and information related to home maintenance, repair, and renovation, focusing on projects that will increase the health, comfort, and longevity of your home.
Each Home Care workshop will focus on one of the following types of projects: home weatherization, indoor projects, outdoor projects, or home utilities and appliances. Each workshop will hone in on a specific project, or set of projects, and provide information on financing and budgeting, energy efficiency, health and safety, and project management as they relate to the topic.
Workshops are open to the public, and everyone is encouraged to attend. We hope that you will leave each workshop with more ideas than you came with, so, as a registered attendee, we'll send you home with a $10 gift card to a home improvement store - to help you get started on materials for your next project.
Each month there will be a workshop in one of three locations: West Pullman, Greater Grand Crossing, and the Habitat Chicago ReStore. See dates and logistic details on our events calendar.
October - December
Weatherization efforts can increase the comfort, affordability, and energy efficiency of your home. This workshop will provide a general overview of home weatherization, from do-it-yourself measures like window insulation to large-scale home improvements that require a service professional. In addition to highlighting existing resources, such as free home energy assessments, this workshop will give you a comprehensive look at the different options you have for home weatherization. Within this context, the instructors will also focus on a specific project that will improve the value, safety, and/or comfort of your home.
Topic: Indoor Renovations
January - March
Whether it’s a room remodel or a simple repair project, home improvements don’t need to stop when the weather gets cold. This workshop will focus on projects that can take place inside during any time of the year and the instructors will hone in on a specific project that will improve the value, safety, and/or comfort of your home. By providing supporting information related to indoor projects, including best practices and major considerations, you will begin to develop next steps for your next project.
Topic: Outdoor Renovations
April - June
When the weather begins to warm up, home improvement projects can move outside. Fixing up the exterior of your home can have a big impact on the look and feel of not only your own home, but the whole block as well. This workshop is geared toward projects which take advantage of the spring and summer months, such as landscaping and home façade improvements. The instructors will focus on a specific project that will improve the value, safety, and/or comfort of your home. By providing supporting information related to outdoor projects, including best practices and major considerations, you will begin to develop next steps for your next project.
Topic: Home Utilities and Appliances
July - September
From the sump pump to the furnace, your home is full of appliances that play a critical role in keeping you safe and comfortable. Taking care of these appliances and knowing how they affect home utilities can be important for saving time, money, and effort later. Instructors at this workshop will focus in on a specific appliance and/or home utility, and you will leave with an improved understanding of the interplay between home and appliances and utilities, and how this can affect the value, safety, and/or comfort of your home.
Interested in attending a Home Care workshop? You’ll find a listing of upcoming workshops posted on our Habitat Chicago events calendar. RSVPs are not required, but they are highly encouraged. You can also register by calling (312)-563-0296.
If you'd like to be notified of future workshops, sign up for our Home Care Workshop Interest List to receive email updates.
Due to the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) and Illinois' statewide stay at home order, we modified the format of our recent workshop topics, Healthy Home Routines for Spring and Plumbing 101.
Healthy Home Routines for Spring: Check out this virtual presentation, which provides a general overview of springtime inspections and checks that you can do to keep your home healthy and happy this season.
You can access the checklists and resources referenced in the presentation here:
Plumbing 101: Whether it’s a clogged drain or a leaky faucet, plumbing jobs can be common conundrums for homeowners. This video provides an overview of the home plumbing system, as well as basic plumbing skills, terms, and tools for the budding DIYer.
After watching the video, take our short quiz and we'll mail you a $10 gift card to help you get started on your next project!
You can contact us by calling (312)-563-0296 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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