Moving into a new home is so exciting, especially as a first-time home buyer! But don’t let your excitement lead you to make a mistake that will end up costing you in the future. Our friends at Houselogic have created a list of things new homeowners should try to avoid!
- Not knowing where your main water shut off valve is.
Water from a burst or broken pipe can cause some serious damage in a matter of minutes. If you know right where your main shut off valve is, you’ll be able to act fast if faced with a plumbing crisis.
- Not calling 811 before digging a hole.
811 is the National Dig-Safety Hotline. This hotline contacts your local utilities, who will then come to your property to mark the location of underground wire, pipes, and cables.
- Not checking the slope of foundation soil.
The ground around your foundation should slope away from your home at least 6 inches over 10 feet in order to ensure that rain and melting snow doesn’t soak into the soil around your foundation walls.
- Not knowing the depth of attic insulation.
The recommended insulation for most attics is R-38 or 10-14 inches deep.
- Carelessly drilling into walls.
Hidden behind your walls are pipes, ductwork, wires, and cables. Stud sensors can help you find surprises behind your walls, but they aren’t totally foolproof. Protect yourself by only drilling into walls 1 1/4 inches max.
- Cutting down a tree.
It’s best to leave this to the professionals!
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