We are passionate about improving. Just one more project.

Welcome to UpDweller! We want to arm you with all the information you need to improve your home – whether you’re renovating or you’ve chosen DIY as your hobby, we want to help you out. Do you want to understand the difference between an impact driver and impact wrench? Or do you want to know which toolbelt to buy? Maybe you’re interested in knowing more about how to upgrade your kitchen, or you’re unsure where to start when it comes to laying tiles. If it’s to do with DIY, then we’ve got you covered – we’re passionate about the subject, and we want to pass that information on to others.

Here’s a bit more about us, and what we have to offer:

Our Purpose

We want to give you clear, concise information when it comes to DIY. We’ll help you to understand the jargon when it comes to buying new tools, so you can understand what you’re looking at, and make the right choice for you. We also want to give you all the information you need when it comes to renovating: our in-depth project guides will help you to know where to start when it comes to renovating your home, room-by-room. We’ll give you tons of ideas, no matter what your budget.

Our Mission

We write in-depth tool guides. Whether you’re in the market for a miter saw, a paint sprayer, or a rotary tool – we’ve got you covered. We lay out all the information you need in an easy-to-understand way, so you know exactly what you’re looking for. Whether you’re brand new to DIY or you’re a seasoned pro, we can give you valuable information that you need, so you can feel equipped to make the best buying decisions – this is especially important when you’re investing in a pricey new piece of equipment.

We also provide you with detailed product comparisons. Ever wondered what the difference is between a scroll saw or a band saw? We can tell you. Our product comparisons are crammed with information, so you’ll be an expert by the time you’ve finished reading.

Also, we’re proud of our project and material guides, too – if you’ve ever wondered where to start when it comes to renovating a room, you will find the information you need right here.

Our Values

So, what are our values here at UpDweller?

Honesty. We want to give you all the details about a product – the good, the bad, and the ugly. We’ll give you full, balanced tool reviews so you don’t have to waste your time and money on something that won’t work for you. Whatever the verdict is on a particular piece of equipment, we’ll give it to you straight.

Integrity. We won’t promote one brand over the other – our DIY experts will give you accurate, unbiased information. We’re not sponsored or paid to promote any particular product – so you can count our reviews and guides as trustworthy.

Clarity. We want you to feel totally prepared before you embark upon a new product – we’ll do that by giving you all the information you need in a way that is easy to understand. Even if you’re a complete novice to DIY, you won’t have to use a dictionary to understand all the jargon – we’ll explain everything you need to know in plain English. When you go tool shopping next, you’ll be able to understand all the specifications and what they mean.

What You’ll Get from UpDweller

Our DIY experts are here to help you out – and there are a few ways we can do that.

Firstly, our detailed project guides. Are you renovating your home? It can be pretty overwhelming, especially if you’re completely new to DIY and you have the entire house to work on. Whether you want to upgrade the bedrooms, redo your kitchen, or want to create a new living space in your basement, we’ll give you some great ideas about how to upgrade on every budget, as well as what you’ll need before you begin. From setting up your budget, to finding the right materials, to installing everything safely, we’ve covered all the basics that you need to know.

Secondly, we’ll give you in-depth buying guides. Investing in a new tool can be very expensive – so how do you know what to look for? We’ll give you all the information you need. We’ll tell you what each tool does, the types of projects you can complete using it, what features to look for, and an overview of the best models out there (including their pros and cons). That way, you can decide which tools are right for you, and find the best ones on the market – all in one place.

Thirdly, we have our tool comparisons. If you’re not sure what the difference is between a cut off tool or an angle grinder, we’ll let you know. Or maybe you want to buy a drill, but you’re not sure if Makita or DeWalt is the best brand: we can tell you. If you’re stuck between two tools and you don’t know which ones to pick, we can help you to make the right decision before you part with your hard-earned cash. Also, these articles will help you to increase your knowledge when it comes to tools – so you’ll be more prepared in the future if you need to take on a new project.

Lastly, we have our material guides: these are great if you want more information about certain materials, like flooring and plumbing. We’ll tell you everything you need to know, so you don’t have to go searching for it.

If you want to know more about our product guides, here are a few to choose from:


Here are a few of our tool guides:

Tool Comparisons:

Our material guides may also help you out: here’s a few of our favourites:

About the Founder

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Matthew Taylor is a DIY enthusiast. He’s an expert in home renovation, having renovated several properties over the years (starting with his own first home many moons ago). When it comes to home renovation, he’s an expert – but he didn’t start out that way. Learning to renovate a home from scratch was a pretty huge task for Matthew, and it took him years to gain the experience he has today.

He wanted to share his hard-earned knowledge, along with the latest tool reviews and product guides, in one handy, easy-to-read place – so that even DIY newbies will be able to access, and understand, all the information that they need to know. Together with his team of freelancers and DIY experts, Matthew has created a resource for everyone to make use of – without having to search all over the internet for it.

Matthew is particularly keen on woodworking and loves to tinker around at the weekends, making furniture and gifts for his loved ones, as well as trying out new woodworking tools (an expensive but fulfilling hobby!).

About the Team

Our team of DIY experts and freelancers are all passionate, informed, and dedicated. We want to create content that is not only informative and clear, but also enjoyable to read – to keep you entertained as you learn. We choose the best writers and researchers, so that you can rely on our reviews and guides – and we encourage our writers to be honest and clear.

We are not endorsed or sponsored by any products or companies – you can trust that our writers’ opinions are unbiased

OUR TEAM

Here are some faces behind our EPIC guides

Erin Jamieson

Erin Jamieson is passionate about making the space you live in as comfortable, affordable, and personal as possible. With her vast nonprofit experience, including for organizations like Habit for Humanity, as well as experience writing for startups, she brings both financial, mechanical, and stylistic advice to make your home uniquely yours. Erin Jamieson holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Miami University of Ohio.

Ben Holt

Ben has been an entrepreneur and freelance writer for the past 4 years. During this time, he has renovated, upgraded and monetized multiple properties by listing them on Airbnb. He is now able to provide insight and information to those seeking to upgrade their home, renovate their man cave, or start utilizing real estate to generate a new source of income.

Jodie Chiffey

Whether it’s a minor home-fix project or a turnkey home renovation project, Jodie can help you. She’s an avid blogger as well as a home renovation expert. Having helped renovate numerous properties in the past, she understands what bothers homeowners, and works on useful tips, and recommendations to help you take your home renovation project to the next level.

David Borgogni

David is passionate about sharing his insights on top trending and mainstay products for the home. As an avid renovator, he has become well accustomed to the tools used to build houses, which in turn allows him to help others make better purchasing decisions when choosing which tools and equipment to use to renovate their homes.

Alexandra Gavrilescu

Alexandra has plenty of knowledge on all home improvement topics, from renovations to weatherproofing, interior design ideas, DIY projects, and more. You can rely on her expertise because her guidelines are practical and effective. So, we could say that she knows what she's talking about. Through UpDweller, Alexandra will provide you with a wide variety of handy tips and inspirational ideas that you can use to upgrade your house. Her improvement instructions are accurate and well-tested.

Chidi-Blessing Mills

Chidi Mills is a passionate writer and blogger with several years of writing and conversion optimization experience. She has written for several home improvement and real estate businesses. Her credits include home improvement tips, real estate ebooks, flipping tips, real estate services, rehabbing and renovation tips, real estate product reviews and location-specific articles that include where to find the best real estate deals and lots more. She’s passionate about helping homeowners create spectacular home improvement effects that make their living space a delight. Her joy is in helping people make unique home improvement choices that make them smile!

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Barry Juma

Barry enjoys building stuff from scratch. His love for DIY projects started as a young boy when he often (mostly unsuccessfully) repaired stuff around the house, and it has, since then, grown into a passion. Add to this a love for writing and education, he now shares his knowledge with the world by crafting guides related to home improvement. When he's not working on his projects, he's probably curled up with a good book or watching the latest series on Netflix or perhaps sharing his thoughts with the world, through writing.

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Justin Caldwell

Justin has a wife and four children, so as you can imagine, his home is very loud and chaotic. He enjoys doing large and small home improvement tasks to make it a better place for his whole family to live. As his children grow and learn, they willingly participate in his projects and he has plenty of experience with not only doing but teaching.

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Katrina Dent

Katrina is a passionate home DIYer, who loves finding new tools to add to her collection. She is a jack of all trades, and loves to write about multiple topics. One of her favorites is to write about is power tools and woodworking tools. A published writer and author, Katrina can always be found at a coffee shop with her laptop.

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