Networx: 6 important homeownership facts to learn in 2018
The very beginning of a new year is the perfect time to learn something new. Why not start off 2018 right, by finding out ways to protect and make the most of of that prized possession — your home?
Here six important facts that all homeowners should learn this year.
Clear out your weep holes. "What are weep holes?" you may well ask. They’re small openings at the base of your window frames that allow water to drain safely away. True to their name, weep holes have a tendency to get all choked up … not with tears, but with debris like dirt, pet hair, or dead bugs. You can while away your time cleaning out this dirt with a screwdriver or toothpick — or do it the faster, more effective way, by spraying weep holes with compressed air (just like you use on electronics).
Take good care of your concrete — quickly. Here’s the lazy … er … efficient homeowners’ way to lavish a little TLC on a patch of less-than-lovely concrete: Instead of scrubbing the heck out of dingy small concrete features like windowsills (knowing that all your hard labor may or may not improve their appearance), just cover them up with a thin skim coat. You’ll still have to clean the concrete first to allow the overlay to bond properly with the surface, but the final results will be much better looking.
Future condo owners: Avoid potentially expensive plumbing problems. If you’re looking to buy a condominium this year, you may end up with a short list of two or three very attractive prospects. All other things being equal, go for the home with its own water heater, rather than a whole-building water heating system. The reduced wear and tear on plumbing pipes will mean fewer of those (painful) special assessment fees to pay out.