Being a homeowner is a large responsibility and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. When renting, you get used to not having to worry about repairs, paying for water, or even worrying about having a trash service pick up your trash every week. It can be a real shock to the system, but it is worth the investment in the long run. As a homeowner having a few hacks up your sleeve can help make things easier, allowing your experience to be a fun one. So below we are going to take a look at 4 of my favorite hacks as a homeowner.
Hooks in the Kitchen
One of the hardest things about owning a home is trying to determine where to put everything. You usually don’t realize how much room you’re going to need until you don't have it. So allow me to save you some trouble and some room in your cabinets and drawers. It's time to consider utilizing hooks in your kitchen for some of your equipment. The time and space saved from hanging some of your kitchen equipment is a real game-changer. It also helps in preserving the equipment as well, because you won’t have to worry about the scrapes that can come from stacking pots and pans on top of one another.
Revitalize Old Furniture
Maybe it's time to take a look at your old furniture instead of purchasing more. Giving older furniture a fresh paint job or new upholstery can be just what the doctor ordered. Save yourself tons of money by revitalizing and reusing old furniture. You can old take older wooden furniture and reprise them. An example is taking an old wooden chair, removing the back of the chair, and utilizing it as a stool. A little imagination can go a long way.
Stairs or Storage
Have you ever wished you could use the space in your stairs as storage? Well, you can! You can add shelves and drawers under your staircases. The space under your staircase is, for the most part, a vacant space. By removing the siding, adding doors, and adding shelves if needed, and boom, you have a brand new storage space with a portion of the cost. From experience, this storage space has proven to be vital in keeping things organized.
This is one of the biggest hacks a homeowner can take advantage of. A home warranty protects a lot of the major systems in your home and saves you tons of money in repair and replacement cost should something happen to those appliances. Here's a good situation where a warranty would save the day. It's November and the temperatures are beginning to drop, the furnace goes to turn on, and it quits. It’s getting colder, and you don’t have any heat. You call a repairman, and they tell you that it’s going to require $2300 in repairs. With a warranty, that cost goes down to about $150-$300. The warranty is the ultimate homeowner’s hack to keeping peace of mind about what they will do should trouble arise.
Having some home hacks is something that will make being a homeowner just a little bit easier. Home-ownership does have its ups and downs, things break and they’ll need to be replaced. At the end of it all, you’ll be happy you made the decision to purchase a home. House hacks are something that adds to the comfort of knowing that it is possible to own a home and you can be successful at it. Taking these hacks, and putting them to use will hopefully make being a homeowner easier and a little more fun.