Homeownership can be as easy as buying a move-in-ready home and settling in. But, what happens when the power goes out or there is fire in the kitchen? What will you do if you have plumbing problems or your door lock breaks?
Yes, homeownership is wonderful, but if you don’t know some of the basic handyman skills a homeowner should possess, the experience could be more difficult than necessary. Below are the top skills any homeowner should have in order to be able to address problems inside their homes:
- Use a fire extinguisher. Commercial buildings are required to have at least one fire extinguisher per floor. The same holds true with a private home. Your home should have at least one fire extinguisher on hand in case of fire. But, just having one isn’t enough. You also need to know how to use it, so you can extinguish a fire if one starts.
- Know where your main water shutoff valve is and how to shut down the main waterline. Plumbing problems are fairly common, and one of the first steps you must take is to turn off the main water line in order to prevent flooding. Usually, the main water line is located in the basement. If you don’t know how to shut down the valve, seek help from a plumber.
- Learn how to use your tools. Have a tool kit at home with all of the tools necessary for basic repairs. If you know how to do basic home repairs, you can save thousands of dollars by not constantly calling a professional. Understand the function of each of your tools, so you can use them appropriately.
- Replace a door lock. What will you do if your door lock is broken and there is no one available at night to come and fix it? There is no need to compromise the safety of your family by not knowing how to replace door locks. Have an extra lock on hand just in case you ever need it.
- Locate studs in the walls. We all need to hang something on the wall at one time or another, and finding a stud in the wall is essential for installing a strong hook. Know how you to locate a stud in the wall by tapping on solid and hollow parts of the wall. A stud can be detected when you hear a solid tap.
- Fix a leaky faucet. Would you want to see your faucet leaking unused water each day? That would result in gallons of water being wasted. Know how to fix a leaky faucet, so you can conserve your water and maximize its use.