Spring 2020 Master Homeowner Classes
A unique education program creating successful homeowners.
The Master Homeowner Program is a series of nine classes held weekly in Habitat for Humanity of Kanawha & Putnam’s Homeowner Education and Community Center.
Click a class title to register for that class.
Homeowners learn what basic tools are needed for common tasks in and around the house and learn how to use the tools properly.
Home & Neighborhood Safety:
Homeowners learn to identify potential threats to their property and learn the best practices in reporting and deterring security risks.
Homeowners learn the value of forming positive relationships with their close neighbors and the wider community thus being empowered to improve their neighborhood.
Legal & Insurance Issues of Homeownership:
Homeowners learn from an attorney how to make the best insurance decisions, why estate planning is important and how not to become a victim of predatory lending. Homebuyers learn about the legal documents they will sign when they purchase a home.
Home Electrical Basics:
Homeowners learn the functions of a basic residential electrical system. This class teaches practical electrical safety, energy usage in the home and how to hire an electrician if one is needed.
Homeowners learn why it is important to maintain their home and the consequences if they do not. Students learn where to begin, what to look for, and in some circumstances how to perform maintenance that will keep the value of their investment intact.
Fire Safety & Prevention:
Homeowners learn the 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.
Basic Household Plumbing:
Homeowners learn how their home plumbing system works, where to check for leaks and how to prevent clogs. This class identifies common plumbing problems that homeowners will face and teaches you how to fix those problems yourself.
Home Energy Efficiency:
Homeowners learn energy efficiency concepts, the advantages of controlling the conditioned air in their homes and how to identify and eliminate energy waste.
Cost to Participants
In order to make the Master Homeowner Program available to a wide audience, there is a fee to cover the cost of printed materials pertaining to each class.
Each class costs $10.
Classes are offered in two cycles per year. If you miss a class during the current session — and that’s okay — you can request to be registered for the next cycle of classes by contacting the Program Coordinator. You will not be charged twice.
The Master Homeowner Program curriculum is evaluated after each cycle of classes using two evaluation methods: after-class surveys and comparison of pre and post-class test scores. It is the goal of the program to ensure that only effective instructors are utilized and that all materials appear relevant to the participants. If instructors or class information is deemed sub-standard, improvements are made.