Thursday, June 14, 2018

Five Skills Every Homeowner Needs to Possess

If you are a homeowner, you might already know that there is always an endless list of jobs to do around the house, and you could spend more on maintenance than you could ever earn. Things go wrong, especially around seven years after the house was built or renovated, and things seem to break at the worst time. While you shouldn’t go to college to become a qualified plumber and heating engineer, there are some simple things you can learn that will save you money long term.

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1.             Painting and Decorating
Painting the walls inside and outside is not rocket science. You will need to invest in the paint and equipment, but you will certainly be able to save a couple of hundred per room. Hanging wallpaper is not hard, either, once you have watched a couple of YouTube videos and got the right tools. Keeping on top of decorating your home will help you preserve the value of your property and feel better without spending a fortune.
2.             Drain Cleaning
No matter how good your draining system is, it will get blocked. If you have kids, especially girls, hair will get trapped, no matter what you do, preventing the water to go down. There are several DIY kits available, but sometimes even a bent wire will do the job and help you unplug the drains in the house, saving you time and money on getting a professional plumber complete this job.
3.             Changing Air Filters
One of the dark sides of home ownership is that you are responsible to maintain and check up your heating and air conditioning system. Changing an air filter in your heating and air conditioning ducts can cost you at least fifty dollars, and that is if you know the person who is completing the job. There are several great tutorials online that show you how to do it, and DIY kits exist, so all the maintenance will cost you is the new filters.
4.             Shutting Off Water and Gas
When you go on holiday or there is a problem with your plumbing or heating, you need to know where you can turn off your gas and water supplies. If you can’t locate the place hiding the switches, you should ask a professional to show you. The water supply turn off is usually located in the kitchen on an outside door, and your gas supply can be turned off close to your inlet.

5.             Programming Alarm and Entrance Systems
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When there’s a storm or your electricity goes off, your alarm and entrance monitoring systems, such as CCTV and intercom will reset automatically. You need to learn how to reprogram your garage door remote or you might end up parking on the road for a long time.

Homeowners who take the time to learn some of the essential basic maintenance and DIY skills can save money long term. Before you call the professionals, check out some tutorials online and keep the operating manuals handy, to see if you can figure out how to deal with the emergency or task at hand.

xxo
Kim

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