Are you a Bare Minimum Homeowner?

Sometimes things don’t come easy for everyone. When you’re growing up you can learn by going to school and listening to your teachers and by experiences you’ve had or witnessed. But, let’s say you grew up in a household where your parents didn’t know anything about home maintenance, I mean, there wasn’t nearly the quantity of information out about it when they were growing up. Or, what if they knew the right information but didn’t want to distract or bother you with boring home care? Regardless, sometimes people learn these things and sometimes there’s a gap of knowledge, and sometimes people learn the wrong things. That’s life.

Let me preface this by saying, if you’re reading this, you are probably not a bare minimum homeowner. Though if you have formerly been one, and are now seeking help, welcome.

If you had a light go out in your home, right now, could you with 100% confidence tell me if you have a replacement bulb, and where it is? Is the replacement bulb an adequate wattage? Is the warmth of the bulb consistent with the other bulbs warmth? Do you even care? You should. According to Lowes, you should never exceed the maximum wattage recommended by your light fixture, it could cause an electrical fire. Lowes also says, “Combining the correct light fixtures and light bulbs illuminate your home and gets both flattering and useful results.” [1] But really, changing light bulbs is seriously one of the easiest things to do around the house, it even has the running “How many ____’s does it take to change a lightbulb?” joke. But the devil is in the details, unscrewing and screwing in a lightbulb may seem small, but with the wrong bulb, it could be potentially dangerous.

I’m sure at some point in your life you’ve moved houses. Most people have, whether you’re upgrading, downsizing, or leaving your parents’ house; you’ve probably gone through the moving process. When you did that, did you ever formally change your address with the United States Postal Service? You need to! This is less home-maintenance and more life-maintenance, but it still needs to be completed with each place you call home. Though snail-mail is a more dated version of communication, a lot of important documents go through the mail. Thankfully, the post office has made it incredibly easy to do, just go to usps.com/move to change your address online. This service costs just a dollar and it’s worth it to ensure that you’re getting all of the mail you need to. If you prefer a more personable address change experience, you can go to your local post office and fill out a movers guide packet.

Quick! A candle fell over and caught your curtains on fire! The flames are slowly rising and ravaging your home! Where is your fire extinguisher? Don’t have one? That’s not good. Safety features such as a fire extinguisher, smoke alarms, and radon detectors are important items that can fall on the back burner because you don’t need them… until you do. It’s imperative that you know where to locate your fire extinguisher and to know if it’s charged because, with small fires, it can save your life. Make sure all of the smoke detectors in your home have fresh batteries too, because homes can be replaced, but you cannot be.

Take care of your home and it will take care of you.

So out of these three, basic, simple, everyone should know these things and have them down to a science, questions were you able to answer? Do you have extra necessities, like lightbulbs, to replace when the current ones aren’t any good? Have you ever formally changed your address? Do you have a fire extinguisher and know where it is? These are some of the bare minimum things involved in home-care. Knowing how to do simple household maintenance lays the foundation for learning how to do more complex complicated stuff.

It’s not nearly as difficult as it seems, we promise.

[1] https://www.lowes.com/projects/decorate-and-entertain/Lightbulb-Buying-Guide/project

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