Q&A How to Ask

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Welcome to Home Maintenance Questions and Answers

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I highly recommend reading four short paragraphs below. Those are the basics on How to Ask questions. I am here to help you. However, to improve your chances of getting the right answer from me or other Q&A users, here are some tips:

  • Do your homework before asking a question

Have you thoroughly searched checkthishouse.com for an answer before asking your question? Sharing your research helps everyone. Tell us what you found and why it didn’t meet your needs. This demonstrates that you’ve taken the time to try to help yourself, it saves us from repeating obvious answers, and most of all it helps you get a more specific and relevant answer!

  • Be precise when asking a question

If you ask a vague question, you may get a vague answer. But if you give us details and context, we can provide a useful answer. If you ask a question such as “There’s an unusual smell in my house, what is it?” don’t expect much help in solving your problem. While asking, choose a category (drop-down menu below the “Your question in one sentence: “) that is closely related to your question.

  • Be on-topic

CheckThisHouse.com is defined by a specific set of topics such as home maintenance, home repairs, home improvement, home inspections, etc., and Q&A section is dedicated to cover those topics. If your question is about the site itself, use my contact form.

  • Keep an open mind

The answer to your question may not always be the one you wanted, but that doesn’t mean it is wrong. A conclusive answer isn’t always possible; some problems require more direct approach, actual “touching” of the subject of your question. When in doubt, ask people to cite their sources, or to explain how/where they learned something. Even if we don’t agree with you, or tell you exactly what you wanted to hear, remember – we’re just trying to help.

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