5 New Homeowner Maintenance Tips

If you’re in the process of buying your first home or have recently moved into your first property, you may be both excited and apprehensive about the benefits and responsibilities of being a homeowner.  While there are many perks, one of the most intimidating parts of becoming a homeowner is learning what to do when things break or need repair.  For some jobs, it’s important to call in the experts.  For others, a simple fix will do.  Here are 5 basic maintenance situations and how to handle them as a homeowner.

  1. Leaky Faucet:  Ultimately, you’ll need to replace the faucet head which can be done with a new part, a repair kit that comes with instructions, and a few tools.  If you can’t replace it right away, try a quick fix like tying a string around the faulty piece.  The water will run down and soak the string rather than dripping noisily right into the sink.
  2. Squeaky Door:  A little WD-40 or White Lithium Grease should do the trick.  Simply lubricate the top and bottom hinges attached to the door, using the grease liberally.
  3. Drywall Hole:  Try the “pumpkin patch” method to ensure the repaired part is flush with the wall.  Use a piece of drywall larger than the hole it needs to cover and some drywall mud.  Affix the drywall into a recessed portion of the wall using the mud and paint over the repair.
  4. Running Toilet:  Replace the flapper, the usual suspect of a leaky toilet due to its tendency to wear out overtime and its importance in covering the opening that allows water to flow between the tank and the bowl, by removing it with your hands, bringing it to a home improvement store to ensure you find the right one, and replacing it by reversing the steps it took to be removed.
  5. Stuck or Sticky Window:  Fix a sticky window by carefully using a utility knife to remove any paint or grime that is preventing the mechanism from working properly.  Run a humidifer for extra window-opening ease.

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