How to Earn a Home Maintenance Credit

By request: How to Earn a Home Maintenance Credit.

How to Earn a Home Maintenance Credit. Homeschool high schoolers can make the most of their homeschool years by earning credit by learning true life skills.

How to Earn a Home Maintenance Credit

Some of our favorite things are our 7th Sisters’ requests for information or how-to’s. (BTW- There are 6 of us 7Sisters at Who’s the 7th Sister? YOU are!) We recently had a request from a homeschool mom whose son has been helping his dad turn the basement into a bedroom. They have done flooring, building and drywalling walls, painting and more. How could her son record this on his transcript.

Let’s look into it! First off, remember: ALL of life is education. Practical education is education, so count it on the homeschool transcript! (One caveat here: Not all teens should undertake these kinds of credits. If your teen has impulse or attention difficulties that might cloud his/her judgement on safety, wait a year or two, or do some other kind of credit instead.)

Our 7th Sister could count all those hours in one of several ways:

  • Home Maintenance (elective)
  • Life Skills (elective)
  • Career Exploration (elective)
  • Or if he already had a general Home Maintenance credit, he could log a more specific elective such as:
    • Remodeling Skills
    • Renovation Skills
    • Construction Skills

Here’s how to earn Home Maintenance Credit for the homeschool transcript

Home Maintenance is an elective credit

  • Record it on the transcript after the core courses (Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, World Languages).

Home Maintenance credit can be earned in several different ways:

Home Maintenance skills can earn credits. Life skills are good electives for the homeschool transcript.

What can be counted in Home Maintenance credits?

Planning and budgeting projects, including:

  • How to read and follow a manual
  • How to obtain needed permits, when applicable
  • How to plan the project:
    • Time
    • Materials
    • Help needed
    • Financial costs
  • Understand hazards and practice safety
  • Demonstrate proper use of tools and materials
  • How to dispose of waste material
  • How to decide when to repair and when to replace
  • Learn and properly practice the skills needed for project
    • Carpentry
    • Plumbing
    • Painting
    • HVAC
    • Siding
    • Decks
    • Lawn and garden work
    • Driveway and walkways
    • Outbuildings
    • Stairs
    • Roofing
      • Shingles
      • Shutters
      • Flashing
      • Gutters
  • Shopping-for-materials skills

financial literacy

  • Basics of construction and design


Furniture Repair and Restoration

  • How to handle basic repairs
  • How to strip and refinish woodwork

Car maintenance

  • What should you check and how
  • How often does your car need maintenance?
  • Where to go for maintenance
  • Checking tire pressure/adding air
  • Changing a tire


  • How to answer a phone
  • Business communications
    • Complaint calls or emails
    • Contacting your politicians

Basic home repair/maintenance and safety checks

  • Developing a Home Maintenance checklist
  • How to check the fuse box/circuit breakers
  • Checking and replacing batteries in smoke detectors
  • Cleaning lint trap in dryer
  • How to find a chimney sweep if you have a fire place
  • Replacing air filter in furnace
  • Winterizing the house
  • How to wash windows and siding
  • How to check sump pump

This is not an exhaustive list of ideas for earning a Home Maintenance credit, but it can get you started.


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How to Earn a Home Maintenance Credit

Vicki Tillman

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