The Trials and Tribulations of a Homeowner

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Photo Credit: Me2 (Me Too) via Compfight cc

Well two nights ago as new homeowners we had our first home fix needed. We’ve done plenty of repairs and fixing up round here but all that was due to sheer age of some things and cosmetic reasons. My husband noticed some water around the toilet. He decided to see if he could find the source of the leak and poked round. He touched the hose connecting to the tank and that’s when water really started coming out. Our bathroom didn’t get flooded but there was a good sized puddle around the toilet.

Since its still in our first year of buying this home we’re covered for a lot of things under the home warranty plan. Plumbing is one of the fixes covered so we called them to schedule an appointment with a plumber. Turns out the gasket was basically rotting and had to be replaced. The plumber fixed it up and went off with his $60 copay. Our first home repair and it wasn’t so bad in the end! We definitely have a lot to learn about home repairs and this is just the beginning! There are a few things we both need to keep in mind when it comes to our house.

Know our limitations
We obviously aren’t expert plumbers so we wanted to call in someone who actually knew what to do. At this point we can fix simple things but most of the time we probably should call someone else in. There’s so much we don’t know but hopefully we’ll learn more as we go along. We’re already pretty good at painting ad other things we try along the way will teach us.

DIY it
Small things we can definitely tackle now to try to fix up ourselves and save some money. We did buy a DIY book for home repairs but have yet to use it. I’m sure it’ll come in handy in the future and it’ll probably get pretty dogeared soon enough. The more that we can do ourselves means that the more money we save! I’m hoping to pick up a few things here and there so that we don’t always have to call someone in!

Fixing things when you know the problem is there is always a great way to prevent bigger repairs and save some money. If the water heater is extremely old then it’s much better to replace it than wait until it breaks entirely. I’ve had the lovely experience of living in an apt where the water heater started gushing water one night. It was badly placed on the 2nd floor and all the water went down to the first floor. The ceilings were ruined and then mold set in. It required a big overhaul to almost half the place to fix everything.


What was the first home repair you had to deal with?

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