9 Essential Tasks Every Homeowner Should Know
There are some basic tasks that every homeowner should know how to do. Knowing how to do these 9 things makes you a better homeowner, guaranteed.
Change a Furnace Filter
Your furnace may be big, bulky, and perform one of the most essential tasks in your home, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be intimidating. Many regular maintenance tasks can be done by homeowners and changing the furnace filter is a simple one that will save money and prolong the life of your furnace. Here’s how.
Locate Your Shut Offs
As a homeowner, one of the best things you can do is arm yourself with knowledge. Notably, the knowledge of where to find the main water and gas shut off valves for your home. Trust us, in an emergency; you’ll be glad you did. Everything you need to know about finding these two hidden gems can be found here.
Deal with Drainage
Water has the potential to cause problems in any home, and the skills to deal with drainage issues can be a huge money saver in the long run. Extending downspouts is an easy fix, but knowing how to make a drainage plan is going to provide long-term results for minimal effort.
Adjust Your Water Heater
If you’ve ever taken a vacation without adjusting your water heater, you’ve already lost money on this easy-to-master homeowner skill. While finding the large dial, usually at the base of your water heater, shouldn’t be hard, finding the correct temperature may be. Find out how to find and set the right temperature for your heater here. When going away on holidays, turn your water temperature down to avoid the need to maintain the temperature of the whole tank while you’re away. Just don’t forget to turn it back up when you get home!
Fix Leaks and Drips
Two annoying causes of wasted money and water are leaky taps and running toilets. In fact, according to the United States Geological Survey, a leaky faucet at one drip per second equals a loss of five gallons of water every day! Fortunately, both of these are easily remedied by any homeowner and won’t take long to complete. Click here to learn how to fix a leaky faucet, and here to fix a running toilet.
Electrical overloads are easily created but can be incredibly dangerous for your home and everyone in it. A solid understanding of how the electrical circuits in your home function will not only make you a master homeowner, it will allow you to make as many DIY improvements as you want while maintaining the integrity of your electrical system. Here’s how.
Unfortunately, lost keys are a part of life. But why waste money on a locksmith when you can re-key a lock yourself? You can change your locks by removing the cylinder and adjusting the pins. Never worry about the cost of a new lockset again. Here’s how to master this skill.
Find and Seal Cracks
Paint Like a Pro
The ability to do a good paint job is a skill that, once learned, will save you gobs of money over the course of your home ownership. While it takes patience and detail, fresh paint can make your home seem larger, cleaner and more modern—not too bad for a few brushes, paint and a weekend or two. Check out our collection of painting tips aimed at making your painting projects look like you hired a pro.