5 Things You Should Know About Your New Home

We love our homes (or, hopefully we do). After all, houses provide us shelter, they keep us safe and warm and dry, and all they ask in return is a little upkeep. So even if you’re not happy with your current house, you should still love it just a little. Think of the old Crosby, Stills & Nash song: Love the One You’re With.

So what’s the best way to love your home? Get to know it a little better, because at some point, no matter what you do, your house will throw a little tantrum, and it pays to know right now how to calm it down. Learn these five things about your house, and it’ll be the start of a beautiful friendship.

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  1. Know where the main water shut off valve is located. This is a must, because water damage is a killer of homes, and shutting off your water at the first sign of a leak is a smart way to go. Your water valve is usually located low to the ground and outside, but it may be in a closet or crawlspace.
  2. Where is your circuit box? Is it labeled correctly? If this has the proper labels (and you can find it!) you may save yourself big money by not having to call an electrician for every little problem.
  3. How do you change a thermocouple? Also, what the heck is a thermocouple? This handy little device shuts off the gas in your furnace if your pilot light goes out, meaning it quite literally can save your life. If your furnace doesn’t stay lit, it’s most likely a problem with your thermocouple. 

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  4. How often do all your filters have to be changed? So many appliances come with filters these days: refrigerators, HVAC units, ice makers, etc… Check how often each needs to be replaced and mark them down on your calendar. It could save you repair money down the road – and keep you healthier.
  5. Does your home have a sump pump? Sump pumps remove water from underground spaces like basements, keeping the area dry and free of mold. They’re standard in areas where flooding is a problem, and maintaining them is pretty easy. Keep the lines unclogged and ensure the float unit (like the one in your gas tank) can bob freely.