Get a head start on 2023 with some of the best home advice articles from 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty (2-10 HBW). Whether you already own or are just starting to look, 2-10 HBW can help make your experience of home ownership a great one!
- 5 pieces of home advice for current homeowners. [Jump there]
- 4 pieces of home advice for folks looking to buy soon. [Jump there]
- 1 piece of home advice for everyone. [Jump there]
2023 home advice for current homeowners
Home maintenance is one of the most important parts of home ownership. And a lot of home maintenance includes stuff that you don’t need a professional to do! Here are five things to prepare to do in 2023.
1. Drain your water heater
Draining your water heater is one of the most important pieces of home maintenance you can do. It helps lengthen its life by preventing buildup, which usually means no unexpected cold showers!
We have a comprehensive guide for exactly how to drain your water heater safely. And all you really need is a strong, threaded hose and about an hour of time.
2. Know where your water main shutoff valve is
Having basic knowledge about your home’s plumbing is a crucial piece of home advice. Many homeowners don’t learn about where their water main’s shutoff valve is until they’re experiencing a big leak.
The tricky part about finding your shutoff valve is that there’s no standard place for it. However, our guide to finding your water main’s shutoff valve can help you narrow its location down. Knowing where it is before you need to know can make life a lot easier.
3. Treat your garbage disposal right
Garbage disposals are powerful, but they’re not invincible. Check out our list of 10 things to never put down your garbage disposal.
4. Take care of your home’s gutters
Good gutter maintenance can save you from a ton of headaches down the line. From avoiding unwanted roof pests to reducing the chances of water damage to your roof and foundation, maintaining your gutters is super important to overall home maintenance.
The two most crucial parts of gutter maintenance are:
- Keeping your gutters clear of debris.
- Making sure water is running away from your home’s foundation by at least 5 feet.
For more gutter maintenance tips and how to do it, check out our gutter maintenance article.
5. Be a good neighbor
Home maintenance isn’t always just about nuts and bolts (but remember to do the nuts-and-bolts stuff, because you’ll likely be crabby if the house starts falling apart, which makes it harder to be a good neighbor). A big part of happy home ownership is being a good neighbor.
Read these 5 easy tips to being a good neighbor.
2023 home advice for folks looking to buy
The most timeless home advice we can offer for folks looking to buy is work with a good real estate agent. A good real estate agent can help you navigate the myriad challenges buying a home presents.
Outside of working with a good real estate agent, here are some general pieces of home advice.
1. Know which expenses to expect
The costs of home ownership go well beyond the initial down payment and mortgage payments. As you’re looking, consider 10 expenses every homeowner should expect.
2. First timers should expect 3 things when buying a home
One of the most consistent traits of being a first-time home buyer is how difficult it is. Between affordability challenges, competition, and lacking inventory, first-time home buyers need to work through issues that past generations didn’t have to deal with.
Learn which three things first-time home buyers can expect, regardless of where they’re looking.
3. Buying on a budget is possible with a plan
Buying a home is a huge decision. Having a well-considered plan is helpful, especially if you’re buying a home on a budget.
Here are the answers to some common questions about buying a home on a tight budget.
4. Understand the basics of mortgages
Mortgages are much more than just “rent, but with equity.” From Private Mortgage Insurance to federally funded programs that can help first-time home buyers, there are many nuances to procuring a mortgage that works for you.
Check out 10 things to look into as you approach mortgages.
Advice for all: A 2-10 HBW Home Warranty helps
Whether you’re a homeowner or looking to buy, a 2-10 HBW Home Warranty Service Agreement (Home Warranty) can be a big help for several reasons.
- It can help reduce out-of-pocket costs of unexpected, covered breakdowns.
- A 2-10 HBW Home Warranty provides access to a trusted network of independent Service Contractors.
- 2-10 HBW homeowners get access to special benefits, programs, and a comprehensive Maintenance Guide.
Give yourself a leg up in 2023 with these tips and a 2-10 HBW Home Warranty.
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