Rehab Lab

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Rehab Lab Home Improvement Education Courses

The Rehab Lab is a hands-on learning opportunity to work with Habitat for Humanity Capital Region rehabilitating a nearly 100 year old Lansing home.

Whether you rent or own, as a workshop participant you will learn how to save money and gain home improvement skills to complete your own repairs before they become bigger issues that could affect the safety of your home. All Ingham and Eaton county residents are invited to attend these free workshops.

Individuals who participate in 6 classes between April - June will receive a $50 Home Depot gift card!

All classes are located at the Rehab Lab: 1520 Linval St. Lansing, MI 48910

Register to attend these FREE skill-building home repair workshops. Class list will be updated as more workshops are scheduled. See descriptions below. Registration will close one day prior to workshop.

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Please select one or more workshops.

The Ins & Outs of Windows
Date: Thursday, April 4, 4 - 6pm

Instructor: Vince Brown
Learning Components: From measurement to ordering, know how to get the right window for your home. Attendees will see a hands-on demonstration of window removal and proper new window installation, sealing, insulation and final framing for secure placement.

Drywall Dents & Dings
Date: Tuesday, April 9, 4 - 6pm
Instructor: Vince Brown
Learning Components: Dents and dings happen, even in walls. Don’t lose out on your security deposit because of a small repair that you can fix! Learn what tools and supplies you’ll need to fix screw and nail pops, or patch holes in a few steps. With a couple of hand tools and the right compound, you can repair minor wall damages.

Building & Maintaining Decks
Date: Friday, April 12, 10am - 2pm

Instructor: Vince Brown
Learning Components: Add living space by adding a safe and secure outdoor deck to your home. Attendees will learn how to build a strong foundation, proper deck board installation to prevent weather rot, safety railings and building stairs.

Credit Scores, Reports, & How to Repair Yours
Date: Wednesday, May 8, 4 - 6pm

Instructor: MSUFCU
Learning Components: In this class we will be covering what information is on your credit report, and how it influences your credit score. We will discuss best practices to build or rebuild credit, as well as how to avoid negatively affecting your score unintentionally.

Overview of Systems & Energy Savings
Date: Thursday, May 9, 4 - 6:30pm

Instructor: Bill Kiebler, Aileen Gow
Learning Components: Homes are made up a number of systems! Know the basics of what systems your home uses and how to maintain them including: Plumbing, heating and cooling, electrical and ventilation. Knowing where to access your homes major on/off valves, like water and gas, could protect your home in an emergency. Regular maintenance of systems, including cleaning and replacing filters, will help you maintain a healthy home.
PLUS! How to Achieve Energy Savings!
Get answers to your energy efficiency questions and learn about BWL and other utility programs that offer free products and cash rebates!  The session includes identifying energy-saving measures and an overview of how you can lower energy use without sacrificing comfort. Attendees will receive a complimentary kit that includes LED light bulbs.

Exterior Weather Protections
Date: Monday, May 13, 4 - 6pm

Instructor: Bill Kiebler
Learning Components: Many people focus their efforts on repairing the inside of the home. Maintaining your homes exterior does more than increase your curb appeal, it can add years to the life of your home and increase safety. Learn what you can do to preserve and repair the exterior of your home including roofing, siding, gutters, landscaping and walkways.

Budgeting, Priority Spending, & Aggressively Paying Down Debt
Date: Thursday, May 16, 4 - 6pm

Instructor: MSUFCU
Learning Components: Effective budgeting is the cornerstone of financial wellness. In this class, we will talk about budget structure, concepts to keep in mind, and how you can use your budget to aggressively pay down debt.

June classes to be scheduled soon include:

  • Renter’s Rights