You’ll save time and money!
For most of us, owning a home is not a “Spectator Sport.” Many homebuyers, especially first-timers dive into homeownership with little or no thought about who’s going to look after the day-to-day needs of their home. Unless you’re quite well off, paying other people for general maintenance, upkeep and repairs can quickly drain a family budget.
In addition to a lot of unnecessary costs, in today’s world you could end up waiting weeks or months for repair work to be done. This can greatly diminish the quality time you had hoped to spend enjoying your new home.
With the difficulty of scheduling repairs and the constraints of your own work and personal schedule, you can lose a lot of valuable time – and all too often, delayed repairs lead to more unnecessary damage. Think about the leaking faucet or drain, the clogged toilet or the loose doorknob – these are just a few examples of the plethora of little things that go wrong in every house.
You didn’t buy a house to sit around while waiting for service work. You bought it to live in, to spend quality time with family and friends. Having to deal with some else every time a minor issue pops up, can make homeownership seem like an unwanted hassle.
Get comfortable making your own minor repairs. You can do it!
Learning how to perform basic home maintenance and repairs is not difficult. Major renovations aside, most home repairs are quite simple and safe to do.
Some people are not as technically minded as others, but there are plenty of resources available to help the average person maintain their home. A simple Google search can point you in the right direction, and there are countless YouTube videos portraying the right and wrong ways to do things.
Hardware, building and big-box stores like Home Depot often host homeowner seminars, sometimes with hands-on classes and workshops sponsored by manufacturers and suppliers, to help you learn the skills needed to properly maintain a home.
Most importantly, having the knowledge to fix the little things that happen around your house will add to your enjoyment of your home, and could quite possible save you from disaster! There’s also is a big dose of pride in ownership that comes from being able to fix your own stuff.
Learn the signs and symptoms
I have never lived in a house over my lifetime, new or old where I didn’t have some unexpected repairs to do. It might be as simple as tightening a screw, and that’s what it’s all about… feeling comfortable applying hands and tools to your house allows you to develop a better comfort level with your home.
Learning the signs and symptoms to look for, and recognizing when something just doesn’t look right, can prevent little problems from becoming big ones. Keep in mind however, if for some reason you don’t feel comfortable doing a repair, it doesn’t make you less of a homeowner… there are times when you will need a plumber, an electrician or an HVAC technician – but if you can take the time to learn the basics of how your household systems work, you will gain a level or comfort and better understand when it’s time to call a pro – and when you really don’t need to. You will enjoy owning your own home that much more.
Remember that homeownership is not a “Spectator Sport.” Empower yourself to become more self-reliant and take more control of your homeowner experience!
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Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994.