5 Essential Homeowner Skills

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Essential Homeowner Skills

Intro

Let’s say you are a first time homeowner, well there are definitely some Essential Homeowner Skills that you should know upon moving into your home or you will be making call after call to assist in projects you can do yourself.  When you first move into your new home, you will think everything is great and you will be elated, well the elation can go away quickly once your first repair is needed and you have no clue what you are doing.  The following list of items will outline Essential Homeowner Skills and will aid in keeping you calm and collected if these things should go wrong.

Furnace Air Filters

In case you didn’t know, furnaces pass air through them nonstop nearly 24-7 in your home, and just like any other device that blows air, it is essential you change the air filter so that all impurities can be caught.  If you would like to maintain the air quality in your home, this is the only way to go.  If you have pets and/or allergies, this needs to be done regularly and is one of the Essential Homeowner Skills.

Water Heater

Is your water too hot or too cold?  If so, then there is probably an issue with your water heater, and if it is working properly, then you probably need to adjust the temperature of the tank to make the water to your liking.  Be advised that you should be turning the temperature up on your hot water tank very slowly so that you don’t make the water too hot and get yourself or a family member scalded.  If you have children, this is especially important as they can get severely injured rather quickly.

Essential Homeowner Skills: Electrical Panel / Fuse Box

If there is another of the Essential Homeowner Skills it is how to operate your Electrical Panel or Fuse Box.  In most homes whether it be new construction or an older home, your fuse box should be properly labeled and show you exactly which outlets will be controlled on which switch.  If you are installing a ceiling fan or adding outlets in the home, you need to make sure where you are working is cold meaning the power is turned off to that area.  If you know what you are doing you can prevent getting electrocuted.

Wall Studs

Let’s face it, everyone will need to be able to locate a stud if you are ever going to hang that TV from the wall or a floating shelf.  What you need to know is how to find them throughout your home.  For a minimal investment of $10-$15 you can buy a stud finder from your local hardware store.  All you do is hold a button and run the finder across your wall and it will beep when it hits the stud, simple.  A good rule of thumb is load bearing walls will typically be at 16 inches while non-load bearing walls will be at 24 inches.  It is always good to double check the finder is working or else you will be drilling into drywall.  This is definitely one of the most important Essential Homeowner Skills.

Caulking

The last of the Essential Homeowner Skills is knowing how to use caulk and the benefits of doing it.  Most surfaces in your home will use some variety of caulk whether it be to prevent water from getting behind the backsplash of your kitchen counters to caulking around older windows to prevent a draft from entering your home.

Conclusion

As you can see, these are just 5 Essential Homeowner Skills that every new homeowner should be familiar with.  It may not seem like much, but it will prevent headache and troubles down the road for you.  If you are in the market for a new home, make sure you work with an expert loan officer.  Please reach out to me any time at 888-900-1020, email at contact@loanconsultants.org, or visit my website www.loanconsultants.org for more details and mortgage loan applications.

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