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10 Basic Things Homeowners Must Learn to be Good at
By Gerald Peck 4/11/2016 11:08 PM

Buying a home is a great accomplishment. But one thing many new buyers don’t think of when they move into their new homes is how to take care of their newest investment. One of the few advantages of renting is that your landlord is responsible for all repairs. Now that you’re a homeowner, there are some things you need to learn to be good at because you’re now the one responsible when things need fixing. 


Here’s what you should know how to do yourself:

1. Get the right tools

Everyone should have a few basic tools around the house for small jobs. Screwdrivers, hammers, pliers, wrenches, a tape measure and a level are just some basic things you can keep out in your garage. These can help you accomplish most simple jobs.


2. Know how to use them

While you don’t need to know everything about tools, you should have a basic understanding about how each of your tools works and what you can do with them. 


3. Understand your fuse box

You should never ever play electrician, however, you should know which breakers to flip if you have a fuse blow. At the very least, make sure everything in that box is labeled.


4. Buy a good ladder

Maybe you won’t be getting up on the roof but you will certainly have light bulbs burn out. If you have high ceilings, you will need to be able to reach the light fixtures in order to change out the bulbs.


5. Unclog a toilet or drain

No home owner should ever be without a decent toilet plunger. Should your toilet or drain clog up, you should use the plunger on it first. If the problem persists, that’s when you’ll call in a professional handyman. 


6. Tighten loose screws

Sometimes, switch plates and door knobs get a little loose. Use your screwdriver to secure them back in place.


7. Hang shelves and décor

By using your level, you can be sure you’ll properly align the pictures and shelves that you hang. Nothing is worse than hanging shelves at a slant and having to start over. The level helps you get it right the first time. 


8. Change basic hardware

Unless you’ve had your home built new just for you, there’s a chance that you might dislike the hardware like handles on your cabinets. Same with doorknobs. You can easily do this yourself with a screwdriver. 


9. Be able to shut off the water

If a pipe bursts or something else catastrophic happens with anything involving water, knowing how to shut off the main water supply is imperative. Also, when you go out of country, you should always shut main supply tap off before leaving.


10. Know when it’s out of your league

Just because you have tools and can fix a few things does not mean you can fix everything. If there is an electrical problem or a major plumbing issue, call in an expert. Let ISOHomeCare help you find that expert when you’re in over your head.