5 Essential Home Maintenance Skills for New Homeowners

Congratulations on becoming a new homeowner! Owning a home is a big accomplishment and a great investment, but it also comes with its own set of challenges. One of those challenges is keeping up with maintenance and repairs, which can be intimidating for new homeowners, especially if you’re not sure where to start.

But don’t worry – we’ve got you covered. Here are the top 5 new homeowner fixes that every new homeowner should know how to do:

Fixing a leaky faucet

A leaky faucet may seem like a small issue, but it can actually waste a lot of water and drive up your water bill. Plus, it can be annoying to hear that constant dripping sound. Luckily, fixing a leaky faucet is actually a fairly easy task.

First, turn off the water supply to the faucet by closing the valve under the sink. Next, use a wrench to remove the handle of the faucet and locate the rubber washer. If the washer is worn or damaged, simply replace it with a new one. If it’s in good condition, try tightening the packing nut. This should fix the leak. If it doesn’t, there may be a problem with the valve seat, in which case you may need to call a plumber.

Changing a light fixture

Is there a light fixture in your home that you’ve always wanted to change out, but you weren’t sure how? Well, now is your chance! Changing a light fixture is actually a fairly simple task, as long as you follow a few basic steps.

First, turn off the power to the light fixture by flipping the circuit breaker. Next, remove the light bulb and any mounting screws that are holding the fixture in place. Carefully lift the fixture away from the ceiling and disconnect the wires by gently pulling on the wire connectors.

To install the new fixture, first attach the mounting bracket to the electrical box in the ceiling using the screws provided. Connect the wires from the new fixture to the wires in the ceiling using wire connectors, matching the colors of the wires. Finally, attach the fixture to the mounting bracket and replace the light bulb. Turn the power back on and you’re good to go!

Unclogging a drain

A clogged drain can be a major headache, but it’s a problem that you can usually fix yourself without calling a plumber. There are a few different methods you can try to unclog a drain, depending on the severity of the clog.

One simple method is to use a plunger. Place the plunger over the drain and push down firmly, using a back-and-forth motion to create suction. This can often loosen and remove small clogs.

If the plunger doesn’t work, you can try using a chemical drain cleaner. Follow the instructions on the label carefully, as these cleaners can be harsh and can damage your pipes if used improperly.

If these methods don’t work, you can try using a plumbing snake. This is a long, flexible tool with a auger on the end that you can use to reach into the drain and physically remove the clog.

Painting a room

Giving a room a fresh coat of paint can completely transform the look and feel of your home. It’s a fairly simple and affordable project that you can do yourself, as long as you have the right tools and follow a few basic steps.

First, remove any furniture from the room or cover it with drop cloths. Next, fill any holes or imperfections in the walls with spackle and sand them smooth once they’re dry. Then, use painter’s tape to protect any trim or surfaces that you don’t want to paint.

Next, it’s time to start painting. Use a roller to apply the paint to the walls in long, even strokes, starting at the top of the wall and working your way down. Use a brush to paint around the edges and in tight corners.

Allow the paint to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions, then apply a second coat if necessary. Once the paint is completely dry, remove the painter’s tape and put your furniture back in place.

Changing a car tire

You never know when you might get a flat tire, so it’s important to know how to change it yourself. It’s a simple task that can save you a lot of time and hassle if you find yourself stranded on the side of the road.

First, make sure you have all the necessary tools: a spare tire, a jack, a lug wrench, and a wheel chock (a block of wood or other sturdy object that you can use to keep your car from rolling).

Next, find a flat, stable surface to work on and engage your emergency brake. Use the wheel chock to block the opposite wheel from rolling. Use the lug wrench to loosen (but not remove) the lug nuts on the flat tire. Then, use the jack to lift the car off the ground high enough to remove the flat tire.

Once the car is high enough, remove the lug nuts and take off the flat tire. Replace it with the spare tire and hand-tighten the lug nuts. Lower the car back down to the ground and use the lug wrench to fully tighten the lug nuts. Check the tire pressure on the spare tire and make sure it’s at the recommended level before driving.

These are just a few of the many repairs and maintenance tasks that every new homeowner should know how to do. By learning how to do these tasks yourself, you’ll save time and money and gain a sense of accomplishment and independence. Don’t be afraid to try new things and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it. Good luck, and happy home ownership!