Owning a home isn’t always easy. It seems like there is always some new project you need to work on or something that needs repairs. If you have to call someone in to handle these things for you each time, owning a home will quickly become a lot more expensive. But, if you can know a few basic things, you’ll cut back on a lot of those calls and save yourself some money. So, whether you’re looking to improve your home’s value or just do more of the repairs around your home, here are 6 things every homeowner should know how to do:
Change a Light Switch
There may come a time when you need to change one of the light switches in your home. Maybe your current one broke, you painted the walls and now wanted a different color, or maybe you’re looking to install a dimmer switch. Whatever the reason, installing a light switch is fairly easy, so you don’t want to call in an electrician if you don’t have to.
Changing a light switch requires that you turn off the power to that circuit, unhook the wires from the old switch and simply reconnect them to the new one. Then you just screw everything back in, flip the power back on, and you’re good to go. This guide can walk you through the entire process if you need more help.
Unclog a Drain
Next, you’ll likely have a clogged drain at some point. This can happen in your toilet, a sink, and especially your shower. To unclog a drain you can either purchase some clog removing liquid that you pour down the drain or use a drain snake. However, according to Fix It Right Plumbing, “if you don’t know what you’re doing with the drain snake, it could cause further damage”. Try out the liquid clog removers first, then a plunger, and if the clog still persists, call in a plumber after that.
Patch Up a Wall
Getting a hole in your wall is a common problem in homes and one that creates an ugly blemish. Rather than covering up your holes with a picture or poster, learn to patch them up. Patching up holes in your walls isn’t too complicated, especially if the holes are small. Typically, all you’ll need is some spackle and maybe a spare piece of drywall. Once you have the hole patched up, you just need to paint over it with the same color as the rest of the wall and you’re good to go. This video walks through the process of patching up a wall for more help.
Hang Up Shelves
Hanging up shelves in your home is a great weekend project that can add a lot of storage space and a place to show off décor. Adding a few shelves to a room can significantly change the appearance and it’s pretty easy to do. It’s just a matter of finding the stud within your wall and drilling the shelving brackets into them. It’s important that you get this process right, otherwise, you could wake up one morning with your shelf and its contents on the ground. Here is a guide for hanging shelves to get you started.
Shut Off Your Water and Electricity
In some emergencies, you may need to quickly shut off your home’s water or electrical supply. For example, if a pipe bursts, you’ll want to shut off the water right away. And if this burst pipe damaged an electrical socket, you’d then want to shut off the electricity as well.
As a homeowner, you’ll want to know where and how to do both of these things. Make sure you know where your water main valve is located and how to use it. Then locate your home’s breaker box and see that you know how to operate that as well.
Performance AC and Furnace Maintenance
If your home as an AC unit or furnace – which most do – you need to know how to take care of them throughout the year. Doing so will prolong their lives and make your home more energy-efficient. Simple tasks like replacing the air filter or cleaning out the vents in your home go a long way. Use these tips for performing AC and furnace maintenance if you don’t know what to do.
Take the Time to Learn Now
Most homeowners plan on staying in their homes for a long time. If you don’t know how to do anything on the above list, now is the perfect time to learn. That way, when the time comes to use that skill, you won’t have to delay by learning it then.