5 Maintenance Skills Every Homeowner Should Know

Posted on Sep 8 2016 - 9:15am by John Voket

Macro photo of a faucet head leaking.Maintaining a home, especially an older one, can be expensive—in fact, experts say homeowners should be prepared to spend roughly 1 percent of their home’s value every year on maintenance.

The good news is, you can save on maintenance by completing simple tasks yourself. According to the experts at Underwriters, Inc. these include:

Cleaning the Gutters – To prevent costly damage to your home’s foundation, landscaping and siding, remove debris and leaves from the gutters at least twice a year. Don’t forget gloves and eye protection!

Open Garage Doors Manually – Don’t call a garage technician the next time your power’s out—simply locate the (usually red) cord, suspended from the ceiling-mounted operator, in your garage, and pull it to disconnect the cord from the motor.

Removing Stripped Screws – Avoid causing more damage when screws slip from a screwdriver. Place a rubber band or piece of steel wool over the screw and then try to remove it—if that method fails, use a screw extractor.

Repairing a Leaky Faucet – Leaks can cost hundreds in wasted water. Before you call a plumber, try DIY-ing by shutting off the main water supply, removing the faucet’s knobs, and checking the washers, stems and O-rings for signs of damage. Take these pieces to the hardware store to find exact replacements.

Stop a Running Toilet – Another plumber job you can do yourself! Remove the lid to the tank behind the toilet, and check the flush lever, rubber flapper, lift chain, float ball, pump and overflow tube. A running toilet usually requires just a simple adjustment or replacement to fix.

If you can master these essential homeowner skills, you’ll not only save money on maintenance, but also the expense of more costly fixes in the future.

6 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Michael Merritt September 16, 2016 at 5:27 pm -

    So helpfull, this is worth sharing.. Thank you for posting

  2. Agnes Tabor September 20, 2016 at 4:20 pm -

    Easy fixes and cost effective!

  3. OK Cash Home Buyers March 14, 2017 at 9:46 pm -

    The article is spot on, Thank you for sharing

  4. Lance April 20, 2017 at 12:44 am -

    Thank you for making the process simple and seamless. Very helpful.

  5. Owner Finance OKC May 17, 2017 at 9:54 pm -

    Thanks so much for the tips.

  6. Owner Finance OKC May 19, 2017 at 3:57 am -

    Wow, you made it sound easy and simple. good writing, thank you for sharing!