Skills You Need to Have Before Buying a House

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It really doesn’t matter if you are buying a home that was just built, a fixer upper that you will flip, or a condo in a maintained sort of community, having a place that is your own can bring out the home improvement bug in all of us. At the very least, it will require us to know how to do the most necessary maintenance and repair tasks. Here are a few pieces of advice that will allow you to be able to turn your place of dwelling into a better home.

To DIY or Not to DIY

Even if you happen to be a weekend warrior who has a workshop that is well stocked, not every home improvement project will be suitable to do all by your lonesome… or at least, not without at least a bit of help from a professional. For example, you might be alright to change the air filter on your furnace, but for the actual in-depth maintenance and repair jobs, you might want to call in a heating repair professional. The important thing is to know what your limits are. If you are a beginner at this kind of thing, start with the small things. Then just keep calm and carry on with your DIY.

In the Kitchen

Did you know that your kitchen will be home to some of the largest investment items in your home? Think about it, your refrigerator, stove, and dishwasher are all in the same room. Because of the expense – and necessity – of these items, it is important to keep them cleaned and maintained as much as you can. One of the best things that you can do is to learn how to do at least the basic maintenance on these appliances.


It doesn’t matter if you just bought a fixer upper to flip or if you will live in it when you finish fixing it up, one of the keys skills that you will need to master is painting. In fact, this is something that everyone should know how to do. It only takes a few supplies and the skills it requires are even fewer. You will need a can of paint, a paint pan to pour it in, and a paint roller. You might consider getting an extender handle but this really isn’t necessary if you can climb a ladder.


If you don’t want to always have bare walls, you might want to learn how to install shelves. This is a pretty easy 2 step process. You will need to determine where the wall studs are and then decide what size of the anchors you will need. Do not forget the anchors! Try hanging something with even a bit of weight right on your drywall without any sort of anchors and you will see how quickly it will hit the floor and break.

Shower Heads

Oh, this one is so easy! Everyone should be able to do this. All it requires is a new shower head, a wrench, and a bit of Teflon tape. Take the old shower head off by unscrewing it – you might need to use the wrench. Throw it in the trash. You might notice some old Teflon tape on the shower pipe. If so, take it off and replace it with new Teflon tape. Then just screw on the new showerhead and you are done! Easy peasy!

Fixing the Toilet

There are times when you might notice that the toilet is constantly making weird noises, running, or it might even seem to be not flushing as it should. If this is the case, you have a system that is faulty. Toilets that run can typically be temporarily fixed by jiggling the handle. If it isn’t flushing as it should be, you might need to plunge it a bit. If the handle goes all the way down with no resistance and no results, you might need to replace the parts inside the tank. Anything else, and you might consider calling a professional instead of pulling a Tim Taylor in your bathroom.

Admitting Defeat

As just referenced, there will be times when you will just have to bite the bullet and call in a professional. Please do this before your wall becomes full of holes from the hammer, your power is no longer working, or your bathroom is flooding. Shoddy jobs are more than just unsafe, they can bring the value of your property down.

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