Becoming a home owner, comes with BIG responsibilities. I know because I recently became a homeowner myself for the first time.  Since, becoming a home ownership I’ve recently had to go through the steps of some important factors of getting to know my new homes basic components and the actions I need to take if necessary.

I wanted to share with you, what I learned and what you should get prepared for as a home owner.It’s important to inspect your home regularly, replace or repair parts and/ materials that may wear out over time.  Always keep in mind, minor repairs can quickly turn into major repairs if not taken care of immediately.

As Canadians we know the seasons can be extreme and need to take per-caution on;

  1. How to adjust household mechanical systems.
  2. What to inspect on household building structures.
  3. How to turn them off in case of emergency.

I now know, a house is made up of components that work together, which include mechanical systems and building structures, which are;

MECHANICAL SYSTEMS:                                  
  • Heating
  • Air conditioning and ventilation
  • Plumbing
  • Electricity
  • Foundation
  • Floors
  • Walls
  • Windows
  • Doors
  • Roof

Becoming a new home owner I recommend every adult member of your household needs to know how to perform routine maintenance, but most importantly I believe it’s very important to educate every mature household member from the age of 13 years of age, on where to locate major mechanical systems and how to handle various emergencies.

  • How to turn off main shut-off values for water and fuel (oil / natural gas).
  • How to turn off emergency switch for furnace or burner.
  • How to adjust hot water heater thermostat and reset electrical breaker.
  • How to turn off main electrical switch.
  • How to reset the circuit breakers box and replace fuses.

Yes, of course.  Becoming a home owner comes with BIG responsibilities, but it worth it!  Be sure to take pride in your home, prepare by educating you and your family members and be ready for seasonal changes.

Maintenance, repair, and renovations are a normal part of home ownership. Give yourself peace of mind, take the time to educate yourself and your family members of knowing basic components in your home, actions you’ll need to take to adjust these systems and how to turn them off in case of emergency.

Have a safe and happy holiday and all the best for 2016!