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Being a Home Owner
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The best source of information for the continuing maintenance of your new home is the previous owner. Hopefully, before closing takes place, you spent some time with the previous owner going through the house room by room to become familiar with all the aspects of the house. Most important would be the basic systems such as the roof, the electrical, the heating, the plumbing and the foundation. In addition, the previous homeowner can give you the names and phone numbers of contractors and other professionals (electricians, plumbers, roofers, carpenters) who have worked on the house and what they did and when they did it. You should try to obtain construction information such as wiring diagrams, blueprints or remodeling plans. It is important to know who picks up the garbage or trash and when they do it. You should also know who the fuel oil supplier is and when fuel oil is delivered, if you have an oil burning heating unit. You should be familiar with the location of the main shut off valves for water and gas, the main electrical switch, the fuse or circuit/breaker box, and the operation of the hot water heater thermostat.
Making Necessary Repairs
The pre-inspection report you requested before buying the house will give you
information related to repairs that may be needed now and in the very near future.
There are minor repairs to the house that you will be able to perform such as
replacing a broken window, caulking tile in the bathroom, weather stripping
or painting. For typical repairs, you’ll need to have the following basic tools:
Other repairs will require the services of a contractor. You will need to know how to find a contractor who is reputable. Here are a few guidelines you can follow to help you make the right selection:
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