Many people simply lack the skills and knowledge necessary to maintain their home, and many others do not understand the importance of doing so. To address the issue, Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam has developed the Master Homeowner program to empower homeowners in our community to be proactive and proficient in the basic skills that are required to be successful. Our program is the only one of its kind in the country. It was developed right here in West Virginia with the needs of Habitat for Humanity homebuyers in mind, but it's open to anyone.
Classes are offered two cycles per year. Registration is now open for Spring 2020 Classes.
The centerpiece of the Master Homeowner Program is nine two-and-a-half hour classes held weekly in Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam’s Homeowner Education and Community Center.
To earn a Master Homeowner Certificate, homeowners must complete each of the following hands-on classes and the homework in addition to a nine-week course in financials.
Required classes include:
Homeowner’s Toolbox: Homeowners learn what basic tools will be needed for frequent tasks in and around the house, how to use the tools properly and how to store the tools.
Home Maintenance: Homeowners learn the most important motives for and consequences of not maintaining their property, where to begin, what to look for, and in some circumstances how to perform maintenance that will keep the value of their investment in tact and keep their environment comfortable and safe.
Legal, Insurance and Financial Issues of Homeownership: Homeowners learn about all of the paperwork needed when purchasing a house, how to make the best decisions for individual’s circumstances and how not to be a victim of predatory lending practices. This class also teaches participants why estate planning is important, what it entails and how the laws view neighborhood nuisances.
Home Fire Safety & Prevention: Homeowners learn the nature of and most common causes of house fires, how to prevent fires and what to do in case of fire. This class teaches participants, hands on, how to use fire extinguishers and properly place them in the home.
Home Energy Efficiency: Homeowners learn to identify energy efficiency terms applied to residential homes, discover the effectiveness and advantages of controlling the conditioned air and energy waste, and identify areas of energy loss in their own house. This class relates proper methods of controlling the loss thus improving the health and comfort indoors while spending less money to do so.
Basic Household Plumbing: Homeowners learn plumbing basics and learn the functions of a household plumbing system. Class participants learn where to check for leaks and how to prevent clogs as well as learn the steps to remedy common plumbing problems.
Home Electrical Basics: Homeowners learn to identify the type of service panel in their house and the functions of a basic residential electrical system. This class teaches practical electrical safety and energy usage in the home. It also explains new lighting options, space heater safety, brownouts/surges and if an electrician is needed and how to hire one.
Home & Neighborhood Safety: Homeowners learn to identify potential threats to the security of their person and property and learn the best practices in reporting and deterring security risks. This class teaches homeowners how to increase the potential for stolen property being returned. It also covers how to organize and maintain a Neighborhood Watch Program.
Neighborhood Relations: Homeowners gain a better understanding of the importance of forming positive relationships with their close neighbors and the wider community, thus being empowered to improve their environment for their family and their neighborhood.
All ages and experience levels have something to learn!
If you want to register for individual classes, please do so on the individual event links on our events calendar.