Handling Maintenance and Repairs as a New Homeowner

Posted by on Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 at 9:01pm.

Are you thinking about purchasing a new property? If so, you'll be entering a new world of responsibilities. If you've been renting for a while, you may have gotten used to picking up the phone to call the landlord when there were troubles. Now, you'll be the owner and you'll have to find your own people to call when you need a hand.

List of contractors

This is when the fun begins. When you need small things done around the house you’ll want to have an expert yet reasonable handyman that you can call on the spur of the moment. These types of handymen aren't easy to find though since the good ones are often busy servicing their long list of clientele. The best way to get a hold of a good handyman is through a word-of-mouth recommendation. If you say that you know a person when you call up this contractor, he may squeeze you onto his list!

You'll need a good plumber that's also reliable yet affordable. Don't wait until a pipe burst in the middle of the night to get the name of a plumber. If you're searching on the Internet or through the Yellow Pages, it's going to be hit and miss when it comes to finding a good one that doesn't charge astronomical prices. Contractors that should appear on your list include:

  • Electrician
  • Carpenter
  • Lawn care provider
  • Landscaper
  • Roofer
  • Painter
  • Plumber
  • Handyman

Ask around for recommendations and get a name for each one of the professionals listed above. It's a starting point at least and you can add or subtract names as you go along. At least you won't be fumbling if there's a minor or major emergency that needs to be handled on a right-now basis and you need someone to call immediately.

Maintenance and repairs

No matter what else is going on in your life, maintenance and repairs need to be kept up. Small repairs need to be done quickly since in many cases they can turn into larger problems that can cost a lot of money to repair later.

For things that you think you can do around the house you should have a toolbox handy that contains all the basic tools you'd need including screwdrivers, hammers, a ratchet set, wrenches, nails and screws. Other tools can be picked up as you need them to be added to your collection.

There are a number of small power tools that are perfectly suited to homeowners. A lot of the smaller tools run on batteries so that they can be used in any part of the house without having to worry about the proximity to an electrical outlet. The small power tools are also extremely handy when it comes to working on your car.

It's a brand-new world that's ahead of you when you own a home. The best thing you can do is start with a list and keep it in an accessible spot. Next you should make sure that you have a small toolbox ready that is stocked with the basic tools you need to do simple repairs around the house.

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