Here are some of my best tips to help you repair and maintain your home’s systems and fixtures.
First you’re the master of your home. It means that you need to control most of the things. Two areas to control: plumbing valves and electrical breakers. Please check those 2 points of controls right now because one day you will need them and when you will need them, you really have to know where they are and how they work to control rapidly the on-going situation.
Basics tips to follow now are your smoke detectors. Do not presume everything is OK because you have never used them. Check them at least once a year to see if it is working or not. Sometimes they are obstructed and you will have to clean them. I hope you have some smoke detectors. It really helps, especially if you have children. Extinguishers should be put in your kitchen and near your rooms.
As we’ve seen before do not underestimate water in the wrong place or uneven power flows.
Unfortunately, nothing last forever and you have to know the life cycle of your appliances and systems. You know if you do nothing, one day your castle will be a ruin and small home improvements will be a real nightmare and huge amount of spending. Your roof, for example is intended to last twenty years. A carpet eight year. A fridge fifteen year. An important one is the paint: 4 years. Plumbing twenty five years and the electrical wiring twenty years. Those are very important data to consider, and you really have to maintain them and to repair them regularly.
Home warranty can really help you to maintain and to repair various systems of your home if you have a small budget. Do it for one year if you buy a home and do it if your house is old because you know that life cycle is not infinite.
Buy a serious and reliable toolbox to do the job yourself. And if you know nothing, most of the time, you can find a local workshop, some are free, to learn basic skills. If you do not have money, take the time to follow some lessons because a professional handyman can be really expensive. What you need to learn is how to replace a damaged window, tighten screws, stop running toilet, replace tile grout, and clean the gutters and so on.
Do not hesitate to keep the business card of referred contractors and handyman services because when an emergency will arise, believe me, you will need something serious and honest to fix the problem without spending a big budget. This is a really important point to do. Ask around you in some occasion.
Make a small budget, especially for your home maintenance to cover quickly any unexpected degradation or break.