Important Things to Watch for as a Homeowner

Owning your own home brings with it plenty of benefits, but there are also things that you should be aware of concerning your home. Because you own your home, if something goes wrong, the responsibility to correct the problem falls on you rather than a landlord. Most of the time, if you’re able to spot an issue with your home when it’s relatively small, you can spare yourself the hassle and financial burden of having to cover the cost of a major repair. Here are several things to watch out for as a homeowner.

If you’re getting ready to leave your home for a holiday vacation, it’s a good idea to turn off the main water valve. This way, if something should go wrong, like a pipe bursting, you’re not going to come home to significant water damage throughout your home. Water damage can end up being an extremely expensive issue to fix, and if you won’t be home to catch a leak, it’s best to be proactive and turn off your valve.

Speaking of water, if you happen to notice that your hot water heater is leaking, this is a problem. Though the leak might start out small, it won’t simply go away. Little water leaks turn into big, expensive water leaks later down the road. If you notice the floor under your water heater is wet, check for a leak. If you find even a small leak, have it repaired as soon as possible. Smaller leaks are cheaper and easier to fix than massive leaks.

Take a look inside your electric breaker box. If your home is brand new, the labels for each switch should be accurate, but if your home has been lived in before, those labels might need to be reexamined. Test the different switches in your breaker box and identify which switch controls which electrical element in your home. This way, if you should run into any electrical trouble over time, you’ll know exactly which switch controls what, and you’ll be able to shut off that switch without having to kill the power to your entire home.

As for your roof, it’s probably best to stay safely on the ground. If you have someone that can help spot you, use a ladder and climb up to take a look at your roof for any issues. If shingles are broken, missing, or damaged, this could lead to foundation damage and issues with water leaks if it should rain. In the case that something is wrong with your shingles, hire a professional for the repair. Every year there are potentially deadly household accidents involving people falling from their roofs. It’s best to err on the safe side.

While owning a home brings about more positives than negatives, it’s important to be aware of your property and your surroundings. A careful homeowner saves themselves time and money by being proactive.

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