Five things every new homeowner should be able to do

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You did it, you’re finally a homeowner! As you’re unpacking from the sea of cardboard boxes, you’re beginning to envision how you’ll decorate your new home. Should you set up the master bedroom first? Or start prepping your living room for when your parents drop by to see the new place? Becoming a homeowner is an exciting process. With every new home comes a new set of responsibilities. We’ve put together a list of things that every new homeowner should be able to do upon moving into their dream home.

Hang shelves

Maybe you want to add a spice shelf above your stove where you can hang pots and pans, or you have an amazing decorative piece that you want to display proudly in your living room. Regardless of the contents of the shelf, you should know how to install one. There are plenty of great video tutorials out there that take you through the process step-by-step, so you’ll have your shelving up in no time! Before you start, make sure you have all of the necessary tools and have selected shelving that can support the items you want to place on the shelf.

Paint the walls

An accent wall with a fresh coat of paint can really bring a room to life. Instead of shelling out hundreds of dollars to have the job done, you can turn this small home renovation into a family-friendly DIY project. After selecting a color, purchasing the right tools and prepping your walls, you can get started. Just don’t forget to lay down a tarp as this project can get messy!

Select the right cleaning supplies

Your home is one of the most important things you will ever own, so make sure you treat it that way. That includes cleaning your home with supplies and products specific to the area or item you’re cleaning. Avoid bleaching porous surfaces in your home, such as bathroom tiles, and don’t use harsh chemicals on your hardwood floors. There are several tips you can find to create safe cleaning products from supplies you already have in your home, like baking soda and vinegar. Take care of your home and it will continue to take care of you.

Unclog a sink

If you haven’t dealt with a clogged sink up to this point in your life, consider yourself lucky. Whether it’s clumps of hair or nasty buildup, this is a task that most homeowners are able to take care of without having to call a professional. There are several ways you can unclog a sink, such as using boiling water, a plunger, a bent wire hanger, baking soda and vinegar or resorting to Drano. If these aren’t doing the trick, it may be time to get out a bucket and wrench and take a look under the sink. There are also plenty of video tutorials and step-by-step instructions with pictures, so you can fix your clogged sink with confidence.

Change a furnace filter

Your furnace filter is one of the most important parts of your home’s heating and cooling system, so don’t be intimidated by this bulky appliance. It’s important to check your furnace filter monthly and change it when it’s looking gray and dirty. Depending on the activity in your home, you’ll only have to change your furnace filter a few times a year. If you have multiple pets, plenty of dust or if someone smokes in the home, you’ll want to change your furnace filter every couple of months. Before you change out your filter, you’ll want to understand what kind of filter you currently have, purchase a replacement and then look over your manual for accurate installation. Plus, you will want to have a professional check your system at appropriate intervals.

Buying a home isn’t just an investment, it is one of the most fulfilling things you will ever do. Becoming a homeowner is a huge milestone for many, so celebrate that milestone by completing tasks and breathing life into the house to make it your home.

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