Seven big mistakes new homeowners make

Making Changes too Fast

  • Owning a home means having the opportunity to make it your own and change it however you want. But, changing your space too fast might end in regret and ultimately more money spent to change it in a different way.

Not Updating Batteries

  • Sometimes it’s the small things that matter most. Changing batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors is an easy task. Doing so can ensure they are working properly and are dependable in case of an emergency.

Choosing Cost over Quality

  • Some projects are too big to do on your own, so hiring a professional may be a better option. Instead of hiring the lowest bidder, hire someone who is trustworthy and will get job done right. Focusing on cost can result in shoddy work, and having to spend more money to fix potentially costly mistakes.

Not turning the power off

  • Rewiring light fixtures or outlets in your home can be a dangerous task, especially if you’re working with live wires. To ensure safety, it is always best to switch off the main breaker while working on anything involving electricity.

Neglecting Your Washer and Dryer

  • Like all appliances in your home, washers and dryers need to be routinely checked and maintained. Failing to do so could end in catastrophic water or fire damage. In order to keep your washer and dryer working properly, check the vents and hoses connected to the appliances and replace them if needed.

Undertaking Expensive Remodels

  • Remodeling projects can be exciting, but they can also be very expensive. Sinking too much money into home renovations can leave you cash-strapped when emergency home repairs come along — especially with older homes. Think twice about unnecessary or cosmetic upgrades, and keep in mind that home-improvement projects often take more time and money than planned.

Not Staying on Top of Maintenance

  • Staying on top of home maintenance is crucial. Small problems can quickly develop into larger, more expensive problems, like clogged filters and inefficient furnaces.