Buying your first home is an exciting step in life, but it also comes with a lot of new responsibilities. You can no longer simply call the landlord when something stops working. Now that the home is yours, it’s up to you to fix it.
Homeowners Should Know How to Do
The last thing you want to do is put off repairs because you think something is too expensive to fix. Not only does that lead to even bigger problems, but many home repairs are cheap and easy to DIY! When your new home has one of these common problems, don’t fret over it, fix it.
Running toilets use a surprising amount of water. If you fix the problem quickly, you can spare yourself the shock of a much-higher water bill.
There are two common causes of a running toilet. If the tank won’t hold water, you probably have a flapper that won’t seal; learn how to replace a toilet flapper here. If the toilet is running but the tank is full, it’s most likely the fill valve that needs to be replaced.
A Scalding Water Heater
Most water heaters can heat to temperatures beyond what’s safe. Lowering the water heater’s maximum temperature protects you and your kids from scalding and saves money. Click here to learn how to adjust the temperature on common types of water heaters.
A Dirty HVAC Filter
When it comes to your HVAC system, there’s not much you can do without a pro. However, there is one easy job that prevents a lot of HVAC problems: replacing the air filter. Instead of waiting until your HVAC system is struggling, install a new filter every three months or more often if you have pets. Changing a filter is super easy, but you need to buy the right size. You can find your filter size on the side of the old filter. If you can’t locate the correct size in store, you may need to order custom filters. This tool lets you order filters in any size you need.
Once you have filters in the right size, check out these easy instructions for installing them.
Exposed plumbing isn’t a problem — not until a cold snap that freezes your pipes and floods the house, that is. Thankfully, it costs almost nothing to prevent this home catastrophe. Identify exposed pipes in unheated areas like garages, basements, and attics and purchase pipe insulation to wrap around them. If you’re traveling during winter, open cabinet doors and leave the heat on while you’re away.
If the worst happens and your pipes freeze, this resource explains what to do.
Drafty Doors and Windows
Drafty doors and windows are a common problem in older homes. Rather than suffer with high utility bills, set aside a weekend to replace the weatherstripping on doors and windows. This process is time-consuming if it’s your first time, but it’s not complicated and will you save you money compared to hiring a handyman. Read this article to learn what type of weatherstripping to buy and how to install it to seal your house against the elements.
These are common problems that might appear when you move into a new home, but it’s not everything you’ll encounter as a homeowner! Homelight covers all the routine maintenance you’ll need to keep up with. As for repairs, make sure you know what to expect by learning the ages of your home’s major systems and starting a home repair fund so you can replace things as they die. These might not be the fun projects you imagined when you bought a home, but they’re the keys to protecting your home’s value and livability.
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