February 7, 2022
20 Survival Tips for Homeowners
Being a homeowner can be exciting and fun at times, with lots of freedom to make it your own space!
As a homeowner, though, you’re the one in charge of any repairs, maintenance, finances, and improvements over the long haul. Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or you’ve owned many, it’s important to stay informed about how you can make life as a homeowner less stressful and more rewarding.
Here are 20 fun “survival” tips that I hope will help you thrive effortlessly in your home for years to come:
Keep information about your home and its systems, and any owner manuals (or know you can access them online or through a home maintenance app).
Keep track of service records; warranties; the age of your roof, furnace, water heater, washer/dryer, refrigerator and other important appliances; even include paint colors and other decorating information; receipts for furniture. Don’t forget to include any landscaping work and how to care for your plants, shrubs, and flowers.
You’re going to grow with this home so make a plan and a budget. If you do need to buy, then shop for sales, bargains, flea markets. Buy off season or at the end of a season for major savings.
Your list should include both inside and outside items: roof, windows, foundation, gutters, attic, insulation, HVAC, chimney, driveway, and etc. Look for damage from water leaks, mold, and pests such as termites, mice, squirrels, rats.
Flag any key life expectancies when you conduct these inspections so you inspect even more carefully near that time. For example, your roof can last 15-20 years if it has asphalt shingles, or up to 50+ if it has slates.
For example, a fridge can last from 9-13 years; air conditioning unit from 8-15 years, a water heater 10-11 years. Again, refer to owner manuals and keep necessary receipts in whatever home organization system you have chosen.
Experts say you should buy tape measurer, utility knife, four-in-one screwdriver, hammer, putty knife, saw, wrench, pliers, drill/driver. Every homeowner should also go through a tube of caulk about once per year.
Consider taking some classes at your local hardware store. You can save so much per year if you can do some of the basic repairs and upkeep yourself.
Phew! Keep all of these tips in mind so your home will run smoothly and you hopefully will avoid any mishaps! If you have any questions, need any recommendations for contractors or just want run a project you are thinking about by me to know how much value it may add to your home, I’m here for you. I am your go-to resource to help you thrive as a homeowner and I’d love to hear from you anytime.
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