Be Your own Plumber, Roofer, Real Estate Agent, and Handyman
How many people do you know that cannot even change a lightbulb? I know there are a lot of them out there. I have a good friend of mine who is so embarrassed about not knowing how to fix things. It is not his fault. He just did not have anyone show him how to do anything. This generation is going to be worse. They have pushed and pushed for college. Now there is a shortage of handymen. That is why so many plumbers, roofers, and carpenters get paid so well now. You are always going to need something fixed. Things will always break sometimes. That is why I think it is good to know something.
My friend who is not the best handyman has started trying to learn. I have been teaching him a little when we both have the time. I told him it is not about being the best plumber. Or the best real estate agent. Or the best doctor. Or the best roofer. It is about just knowing enough to do things yourself. It is not always best to have to depend on someone. There will be times when you are all alone having to try and fix things.
Most people know that I am a pretty good handyman. I am a jack of all trades but a master of none. My dad always said that about himself too. I think it is a good quality to be able to fix a wide variety of things. You rely on yourself and do have to on others. Now, I am not saying that you always have to be independent about everything. That is one weakness of mine that I have been trying to work the older that I have gotten. That is asking for help. I have never liked to ask for help. It is a good and bad quality at the same time. The only thing is you need to learn when the time is right to ask for a little help.
One thing that I really do not know a lot about is plumbing. When I first moved in the house I had a leaky pipe. I tried and tried myself to fix it. I failed each time. Then I had to find then a plumber. I actually the best plumber around. He was super helpful and showed me a few things that I was doing wrong. He was nice to teach me a few things about his plumbing trade.
One thing that I love to do is work with my hands. It can be anything. It can be plumbing, painting, or construction. I just enjoy using my hands. I like taking something and manipulating it and turning it into something. Also, it feels good to have a pile of stuff and building something. I love seeing a finished product and knowing that I made that. Or that I fix that. Or that I made something. One thing about working with my hands is that I enjoy learning how to do new things with them. I am really confident in what I can do. I know a little bit about everything. So I normally do not have to call anyone when I need something fixed. Normally.
I was in my workroom one morning. I was drinking my coffee like any other morning. Then I thought I smelt something. Like a moldy smell. The previous month we had a lot of rain. So I started to look for where the smell was coming from. It was in the guest bathroom. In a corner next to the toilet. I knew I had water damage. Here was something I did not know anything about. I knew that water damage is not good at all. I had to find a water damage company to fix it immediately.
Looking for a Home
Once I got out of college things are so exciting. I was finally going to be on my own. I was ready for the next chapter of my life to start. I was lucky because I got a job before I had graduated. I know a lot of people do not get that lucky. Everything was just going my way and I felt like I could take on the world! I was ready for anything to come my way. Then came the process of finding a house to buy.
Like most fresh college graduates I thought I knew everything. Heck, everything is going my way so far why not. When it came time to find a home, I just looked on my own. I had no idea where to start, though. I kind of new what I wanted but I did not know what to look for or where. I soon found a real estate company. The had the best real estate agents in my area. Everything I heard about them came true once I started working with them. I quickly found out that I knew nothing about real estate or finding a house. They were able to find my a house with a workroom that was in really good shape.