When you were in high school, they didn’t teach you much about making mortgage payments or figuring out how to find the best interest rate (or even how to find the best mortgage if you’re a first-time homebuyer), did they?
There are other things they didn’t teach you, too—but they’re things every homeowner needs to know.
5 Things You Never Learned About Being a Homeowner
Owning a home costs money; there’s no getting around it. But you can save a bundle when you have these insider (well, not really) tips to rely on.
Homeowner Tip #1: Reset the GFCI When an Outlet Doesn’t Work
If one of your outlets isn’t working, find the nearest one with a GFCI on it. Typically, all the outlets near sinks and other water sources have them (they’re there in case of emergencies). Push the “Reset” button and you might be up and running again. (If not, you shouldn’t mess with electrical systems unless you’re a professional.)
Homeowner Tip #2: Know Your Breakers
Find out where your breaker box is. If a light goes out or a switch stops working, check the box; you might find that one switch is flipped. In that case, simply flip it back to match the others and you’ll be back in business.
Homeowner Tip #3: Invest in a Low-Flow Shower Head
You don’t have to give up pressure with a low-flow shower head, but you will give up huge water bills. Showers eat away at energy costs, too, especially when the water is super-heated.
Homeowner Tip #4: Save Cooling Costs With an Overhead Fan
Installing a ceiling fan can be a huge bonus on your electricity bill. With each degree you set the air conditioner above 78, you’ll save between 5 and 10 percent on energy costs.
Homeowner Tip #5: Use an Old Washcloth to Touch Up Paint Problems
You don’t have to buy gallons of paint to fix one little blemish. Instead, dip a washcloth in the original color and blot it against the spot. The washcloth will leave the same texture as a paint roller, and you saved hours (and plenty of cash) by using just one cloth.
Are You Buying a Home in Grand Junction?
If you’re thinking about buying a home in Grand Junction, Fruita or any of the surrounding communities, we’d love to help you.
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