With low interest rates allowing more young adults to buy property in recent years, many inexperienced homeowners are desperate for advice when the furnace goes out, the roof leaks or when a home project that seemed like a no-brainer goes terribly wrong.

”They know they’ve got to buy real estate; they know it’s a good investment. But that doesn’t help you when you swing a hammer and hit a pipe in the wall,” says Lou Manfredini, a Chicago hardware store owner who gives do-it-yourself advice on local radio and nationally online and on TV. ”Unfortunately, homes don’t come with an instruction manual.”

Contractors say it’s not unusual for them to get frantic calls from young do-it-yourselfers who get in over their heads.

Sometimes, the mistakes are silly.

Read on: Repair Jobs Challenge Young Homeowners – Associated Press, by way of The New York Times

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Updated: January 2018

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