Being a homeowner can be demanding. It can be stressful. 

It can be a sinkhole for your income.

Especially if something goes wrong.

But what if it didn’t have to be that hard?

What if there were some things you could do to mitigate risk, save money, and be prepared to deal with whatever you have to?

In our blog post series on being a new homeowner, we will go through things every new homeowner should know, tips to help you out, and ways to save you money on that ever-growing list of bills (and more!)

Here’s the truth – owning a home is a lot of work.

And we’re here to help you through it; whether you’re a first-time homeowner or you’ve owned the same home for thirty years, we’ve got something for you.

So read on, my faithful readers. What follows is some knowledge every homeowner should have and be able to put into action, so you’re prepared for anything, even an emergency.  

And make sure to check back next week for our next article in our homeowners series.

General Maintenance You Should Know

General maintenance seems bland, but it’s crucial to put into action, so you’re prepared for, and even prevent, costly issues in the future.

Clean Out Your Dryer Hose & Vent

A clogged hose can burn down a house, yet it’s often forgotten. 

Don’t make the same mistake.

Schedule a yearly cleanout of your dryer hose and vent.

Change Your Filters 

Take the time to change your filters at least once a season. You’ll save on heating and cooling, and your unit will last much longer.

And your air filters can keep you breathing clean air and reduce dust.

Schedule HVAC Maintenance

Make sure it’s running in tip-top shape for the upcoming season, schedule for spring and fall.

Clean Your Gutters

Clogged gutters are a disservice. If I had a nickel for every gutter system I’ve seen clogged and non-functioning…

Keep them clean and functioning, so when you need them, they’re there for you.

Find and Inspect Your Circuit Breaker Box

Ensure you know where it is, and that it’s accurate (make sure those little labels are correct.)

It’s vital if you ever need to cut the power, or a breaker gets tripped.

Press the Reset Button on GFCIs

Is there an outlet not working and you don’t know why? It could be a GFCI (that red button in the middle of some outlets). 

If you can’t figure out why one’s not working and that red button is sticking out like a sore thumb, that may be the culprit.

Invest in a Few Tools

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You’re a homeowner now; it’s time to learn at least the basics so you can do some of the easier things around your house.

Invest in the following, if you haven’t already:

  • Measuring tape
  • Hammer
  • Electric drill
  • Ladder
  • Stud Finder
  • Socket set
  • Screwdriver set

Having these tools will get you by when it comes to general maintenance and make everything you do that much easier.

Locate Main Water Shut-Off Valve

Water damage is the second most common home-owners claim. Busted pipes happen, and when they do, the gushing water leaking out can wreak havoc on your drywall, flooring, and any belongings. 

To quickly minimize damage you have to know where the main water pipe is coming into your home and know how to close it.

This way, if (or when) something does happen, your quick-acting could save a lot of headache (and some heartache when it comes to personal belongings).

Find the Gas Shut-Off Valve

While you’re searching, take the time to find your gas shut-off valve too (assuming you have it), you never know when you could need it.

Test the Sump Pump 

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Have a sump pump? 

I’ve heard of sump pumps failing a few too many times.

Rather than wait to see how it goes, its always a good idea to give it a test run, especially before rainy (or melting) season starts.

Congrats on the New Home!

Take the steps above to keep yourself ahead of possible maintenance things that could go awry.

Join us next week for the next installment in our New Homeowner Series.

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