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New Homeowner? These 11 Books Will Help You Out!

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11.06.14

Marcus Cicero, an ancient Roman philosopher, is credited with saying, “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”

Not to let our bookworm-flag fly too high or anything, but we totally agree. (Books rock.) And, of course, books about the home have a special spot in our hearts. So, we decided to pick out a few of our favorite books that are particularly helpful to new homeowners.

Here are 11 books that will help every newbie homeowner feel like a veteran in no time:

1. Real Simple: The Organized Home

If you’ve been living in apartments up until now, you’ll quickly learn that it takes quite a bit more strategy to keep an entire home organized. No worries! This step-by-step guide to organizing every room in your new home will make the transition easy.

2. Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook: The Essential Guide to Caring for Everything in Your Home

This book is thick enough to double as a doorstopper, but don’t mistake all those pages for fluff. Every single sentence of Martha’s handbook passes along some vital homeowner skill, making this is one of the most comprehensive resources around.

3. GreenSense for the Home: Rating the Real Payoff from 50 Green Home Projects

Generally speaking, going green around the house is a smart move. But, not all green home projects are created equal. If you want to make your home more eco-friendly, read this book, first. Eric Corey Freed and Kevin Daum do a great job of breaking down the environmental pros and monetary cons of 50 common green home projects.

4. The Big-Ass Book of Home Decor: More Than 100 Inventive Projects for Cool Homes Like Yours

Starting with the title, this book does not beat around the bush. It’s a great pick for new homeowners because there’s a pretty decent chance you just spent all your savings on a down payment. Since your décor budget is probably a little thin, try some of these affordable alternatives to expensive decorating.

5. A Beginners Guide to Organic Vegetable Gardening

A lot of first-time homeowners have the chance to become first-time garden-owners, too! Not sure where to start? This handy guide will give you a good jumping off point.

6. The Home Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Troubleshooting Tips, and Advice on System Maintenance

The little pesky problems of homeownership – like water stains on the ceiling and dented drywall – can get overwhelming pretty quickly. The Home Owner’s Manual does a great job of breaking these little issues down with step-by-step guides and helpful diagrams so they don’t freak you out.

7. How Your House Works: A Visual Guide to Understanding and Maintaining Your Home

In some cases, the mystery of your new home can be more daunting than the actual maintenance. How does a water heater work? What about your electrical wiring? This book removes a lot of unknowns so you have a better understanding of the place you live.

8. The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling

If your first home is a bit of a fixer upper, there’s a good chance you’ll be dipping your toes into the remodeling waters soon. This is a great resource for beginners! Before you knock down any walls, read this book.

9. Complete Do-It-Yourself Manual: Completely Revised and Updated

If you’re used to being able to call a landlord, DIYing and homeownership takes some getting used to. This updated classic from Reader’s Digest comes with 3,000 photos and illustrations to help get you started.

10. 101 Saturday Morning Projects

It’ll only take about two years for you to rack 101 Saturdays in your new home! Why not make the most of them? We like these projects because each one can be completed in four hours or less, so you have plenty of weekend left to enjoy. 

11. At Home: A Short History of Private Life

This one’s a little bit different from the rest. Bill Bryson, who’s made a career out of funny nonfiction books, explores the rich history behind some of the most mundane parts of the home, like the history of the bathtub. This one may not help you maintain your home, but you’ll probably learn some good cocktail party facts!

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