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Skills Needed to Survive Home Ownership

Did you know that owning a home is similar to owning a business? When owning a particular type of business, certain skills are required to obtain success. It is the same with home ownership. Without certain skills, home ownership can become a disaster. Let's look at some of the required skills for successfully owning a home.

-Bookkeeping skills
Owning a home comes with a lot of financial responsibilities. Bookkeeping skills are necessary so that the mortgage and utilities are paid on time. These skills will also help you to set up a budget so that you are financially prepared for emergencies and maintenance issues that occur.

-Handyman skills
Some handyman skills will be necessary for minor repairs around the home. Knowing how to use a hammer and nails, a drill, caulking gun, screwdriver and a saw are just some of the necessary skills that will be helpful when owning a home.

-Plumbing skills
Knowing how to shut the main water off and changing a washer in a faucet is another skill that should be known when owning a home. Learn how to successfully use a plunger to unclog drains. These are simple things that can save a lot of money instead of calling a plumber.

-Designer skills
Knowing how to paint a wall, what color to choose, how to hang curtains and arrange furniture is another necessary skill when owning a home. Hiring an interior designer can be very expensive so brushing up on this skill can make your home look great and worth more money.

-Electrical skills
At a minimum, you should know how to turn the electric breakers off.

-Fire safety skills
When owning a home, you should know how to put out a minor fire. It is important to learn how to use a fire extinguisher.

-Cleaning skills
Keeping a house clean is not only a health issue but also will extend the life of the home, the appliances and the interior furnishings.

-Landscaping skills
If the home has a yard, you should know how to use a lawnmower, weed eater, leaf blower and a hedge trimmer. Otherwise, you will end up contracting a lawn service company to do this for you.

These are the basic skills required when owning a home. The more you know and can do, they better prepared you will be. Owning a home is a great thing but it is also a lot of work and responsibility.

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