Buying a new home is an extremely exciting process. You are able to get out of that apartment you and your family have outgrown; you have found that forever home you have been looking for; you have found that home that, with a little sweat equity, you can make into your own; or any number of different reasons that you have decided to take the leap into homeownership. Regardless of what brought you to this point, you are finally here!
After you’ve moved all the furniture in, after you’ve hung your décor, family photos, and found your new “junk drawer”, it’s time to kick back, relax and enjoy your new home, right? Yes and no. Invite the neighbors over, invite friends and family, of course you need to show off your new place with a house warming party. But after that excitement of homeownership wears off, you may quickly realize, like most first-time buyers, that you may lack the knowledge, skills or even tools to take care of your new home. Fret not, there is hope!
Every homeowner should have a basic set of tools for performing routine maintenance and upkeep in and around their home. Being able to maintain your home can help you save money and be more knowledgeable about what you should be doing to keep your home in top shape. The following is a list of some of the essential tools I would recommend that homeowners should invest in:
· Battery Powered Drill (at least 18v)
· Channellock Pliers
· Circular Saw or Handsaw
· Drill Bits
· Measuring Tape (at least 25’)
· Phillips & Flathead Screwdriver
· Speed Square
· Utility Knife
Although this may seem like a large list and you may be telling yourself, “I just spent all this money on a buying a house, why would I want to spend more money on tools?” but, you could very easily acquire your basic homeowner tool starter set for under $250 (obvious variables of brand; sales; store of purchase; etc. will dictate actual expense). Having these tools readily available will be very useful, and you’ll be thankful, when the time comes for you to put them to use.
Having the right tools is a great start but what if you are like some of the people I know (some of my family members actually) and right up there next to performing surgery on their “Things I Do NOT Want To Do” list, is the idea fixing a leaky faucet? Education and training is the answer. The first step, after getting your tool starter set of course, is becoming comfortable with using those tools. There is a plethora of ways to become more knowledgeable on home maintenance: books; magazines; do-it-yourself shows; your new neighbor that just happens to be a carpenter; etc.). There are even classes that you can attend to become more knowledgeable. The local Minot Home Depot offers a variety of classes to assist with homeowners seeking to become better equipped for maintaining their home. At the time of this article’s publication, the upcoming classes for Minot are:
· Installing a Faucet
o Saturday, September 15 – 10:00 am – 11:30 am
· Installing Wall Tile
o Saturday, September 22 – 10:00 am – 11:30 am
· Installing Smoke/CO Alarms
o Saturday, October 13 – 10:00 am – 11:30 am
NOTE: visit the Home Depot website to verify times/class www.homedepot.com/workshops
Most people are uncomfortable or even intimidated to use different tools, but educating yourself by whichever means suits you best, be it reading, watching or taking a hands-on class, will give you the confidence to tackle the home repair projects that arise. You should always keep a reserve of money to pay for home repairs, that is of course part of being a homeowner, but being able to make basic repairs to your newly purchased home could save you thousands of dollars per year.
As one final note, you should always stay within your comfortability level when planning to make basic repairs to your home. Educate yourself with how to properly and safely use the tools that you have. If you are not confident or if it is something that seems outside your current knowledge base, consult a professional, hire someone licensed to perform the work, or practice, as I have often done, at the in-laws’ house.
Article written by Jordan Douglas, makeminothome.com