7 Ways to be a Smarter Homeowner

Use these tips to keep your house in order.

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Being a homeowner can be more difficult and complex than you may think.

Being a homeowner does not end once you are handed your new keys; it is an ongoing process that involves time and commitment.

All sorts of problems and issues that you did not expect may arise.

Here are seven tips from Movoto Real Estate that can help you become a smarter homeowner:

1. Handle maintenance issues as they arise

This is very simple: handling maintenance issues as they come, rather than waiting until the last minute, is a smart thing to do.

Many people ignore small maintenance needs that can be easily fixed– such as a leaky faucet, slightly clogged sink, or running toilet–until it is too late, until they turn into a  major problem.

Taking care of small problems as soon as they are spotted will save you money, time, and headaches.

2. Hire qualified contractors as needed

Don’t assume you can handle everything yourself.  This can also result in wasted time and money.

When you have a problem, or wish to make improvements, be realistic about your time and skills.

Most people can handle simple projects, such as painting walls or reupholstering furniture, but leave the electrical and plumbing projects to the professionals.

3. Multiple insurance policy discounts

Homeowners’ insurance is important, but it can get pretty expensive.

One way you can save money on your insurance policy is by bundling several types of insurance policies.

Having multiple insurance policies with the same company can save you money on all your policies.

4. Budget wisely

When it comes to making improvements, buying a new home or making repairs to your home, it is important you know what is urgent, and what can wait.

Fixing a leaking roof or inefficient heater is much more important than repainting walls or updating your bathroom tile.

Make sure you always have emergency money set aside for urgent home repairs, and never use it for “fun” remodeling projects.

5. Watch out for water

Experts agree that most major repair problems that homeowners face come from water damage.

Make sure you regularly check your kitchen, laundry room and bathrooms for water leaks.

Your gutter system is also something you should always keep properly maintained.

Leaves, dirt, and other debris can cause a clog that forces water into the foundation of your home.

Clean your gutters on a regular basis, and make sure they are draining away from your home’s foundation.

6. Purchase energy efficient appliances

When it’s time to shop around for a new refrigerator or washer/dryer, it’s wise to replace your old appliances with energy efficient ones.

They may seem more expensive, but the money they save on energy bills make them a wise investment.

In addition, they typically last longer than conventional models, saving you even more money.

7. Smoke alarms are lifesavers

Smoke alarms are absolutely essential in keeping your family safe.

Regularly testing your smoke alarms and making sure they work properly can be the difference between life and death.

Make sure the batteries are changed every year, and that smoke alarms are replaced every 10 years.

About the Author:
This guest post was written by blogger team at Movoto Real Estate, an online national brokerage based in San Mateo, California.



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