New Homeowner? Don’t Make these Mistakes.
Becoming a new homeowner is an exciting time. You finally have a place to make truly your own, without a landlord or management company controlling your every move. But, before you start nailing things into walls and tackling those DIY projects you’ve dreamed about doing, avoid making these easy-to-prevent mistakes that could end up costing you major bucks in the long-run.
1) Not calling before you dig. All of those advertisements were made for a reason. Before you dig deep into your yard for some heavy duty landscaping, be sure to call 811. This is the national dig-safety hotline that will contact your local utility companies, who will then come to your property to mark the location of all underground pipes, cables and wires. Did we mention it’s free? Keep yourself (and your neighbors) safe with this simple phone call. Avoid fines and costly repairs too!
2) Drilling randomly into walls. Hanging frames to create a gallery wall, or installing a new closet organization system is simple, right? Sometimes. But it has to be planned properly. Drilling, nailing or screwing into your walls isn’t always so harmless. Think about what your walls are hiding - plumbing pipes, wires, cables, insulation and more. Use proper tools like stud sensors and be sure not to drill more than 1 1/4” deep. This is enough depth to cut through the drywall, but avoid reaching wires and pipes. And, if you need a helping hand, contact one of Taylored Restoration’s handymen. They know exactly what to do!
3) Remove a Tree without a Professional. There is a reason why tree removal companies exist. Even small trees can fall awkwardly, and attempting to cut down a tree from your property without help can come with high risks. Limbs, branches or the entire tree can fall incorrectly and damage your house, yourself or your neighbor’s property. In some areas, you may also have to obtain a permit.
4) Neglecting to Inspect the Foundation Slope. While your inspection is being done, you should have had your inspector check the slope of the foundation soil. If you happened to miss this, be sure to do it right away. The ground around your foundation should slope away from your house atleast 6” over 10 feet. If it doesn’t be sure to hire a professional to change this. If you leave it too long, water from rain and melting snow may soak the soil around your foundation walls, resulting in heavy pressure that may cause leaks and eventually crack your foundation. Talk about a nightmare!