When you finally become a homeowner – it’s a dream come true! But the honeymoon period can fade away as soon as something needs repairing in your home. Usually, as a renter, you’d call your landlord to solve the issue.
Now, the landlord is you.
Don’t fret! One of the best things about becoming a homeowner is learning all the maintenance skills you’ll need to save money and keep your home running in perfect order.
Check out our maintenance tips below:
Shutting Off Your Water
One of the highest causes of damages to a home is water – so knowing where to shut off your water is a top priority. You can ask your home inspector, a plumber, or an acquaintance with construction experience to show you where the main water valve is in your home. Being able to quickly turn off your main water line can save you thousands of dollars, if a leak ever springs!
Changing Your Air Filters
Air filters can greatly help diminish dust and allergens. Changing filters depends on who’s living in your home – if you don’t have pets, it’s suggested that you change your air filters every 3-6 months. If pets are in the home, you should change it every 30-90 days for the best results. You can usually see what size of air filters you need by taking out the old filter (the size should be printed on it).
Cleaning Your Gutters
One of the worst things you can do is let your gutters clog up! Clogged gutters could potentially mean water running down sides of your home, leading to rot. Clean gutters every year, or twice, if you have overhanging trees. Make sure to wear gloves!
Fixing a Leaky Faucet
The sound of “drip, drip, drip” enough to drive you crazy? Leaky faucets can be a quick fix for homeowners. Be sure to have an Allen wrench, needle-nose pliers, tongue-and-groove pliers, and a screwdriver. Check out the detailed guide, here.
Stopping a Running Toilet
Yes, your refrigerator is running – but your toilet shouldn’t! A “running” toilet is not only annoying, but it also racks up your energy bills. For a detailed step-by-step action on how to fix a running toilet, check out This Old House’s guide here.
Being a homeowner isn’t always glamorous. But the maintenance and home improvement tips you learn will help you become an expert homeowner!