4 Essential People Every Homeowner Should Know
By: Kyle Spearin
Over the past few months, you were able to successfully go through the home buying process. Throughout this time, you interacted with people such as realtors, home inspectors, lenders, and more. Just as you needed a team to buy your house, you’ll want to have one to maintain it as well.
The reality of owning a home is that things break. Unless you purchased a newly built residence (and even if you did), you’ll most likely be confronted by repairs of one sort or another. Many people wait until something happens to start thinking about how to fix the problem, but wouldn’t you sleep better at night already knowing who to call?
When that time comes, you want to be ready. The best way to prepare for a worst case scenario is to already have relationships with essential people. This starts with knowing who these people are.
Imagine waking up in the middle of the night, only to find your living room submerged in water. Hopefully this never happens to you, but who would you call if it did?
Most plumbing is not visible unless you actively look for it. Since it can catch you by surprise, you need to have a plan to deal with it. For these reasons, a plumber is the most important person to have in your phone’s contact list.
As you look for plumbers, be sure to find at least two (it’s always good to have a backup) that are reliable. The plumbers you build relationships with should be available at all hours of the day. When talking to them, you should specifically ask if they have someone on the overnight shift in the event something occurs at uncommon hours. Knowing that you’ll have this safety blanket can put you at ease.
In addition, you want to have a plumber on call because of their versatility. They can fix a wide range of issues that might occur, which makes them even more indisposable. Consider the following common issues:
- Dripping faucets.
- Slow draining sink.
- Clogged bath or shower drain.
- Clogged toilet.
- Running toilet.
- Faulty water heater.
- Low water pressure.
- Jammed garbage disposal.
- Leaky pipes.
- Sewer system backup.
Knowing one person that can fix so many problems makes them an important member of your contact list. Be sure to look into finding plumbers near you.
Electricity is invisible and so is the wiring within the walls of your house. Typically, you won’t know that something is wrong until a light switch doesn’t work or you realize you need to update your electrical box.
Some common electrical issues include:
- Frequent electrical surges.
- Sags and dips in power.
- Light switches are not working properly.
- Circuit breaker tripping frequently.
- Circuit overload.
- Lights too bright or dim.
- Electrical shocks.
- High electric bill.
Not only is electricity invisible, it’s also the most dangerous thing for an untrained person to try to fix on their own. Although it can be expensive to fix electrical issues, this is not something you want to mess around with due to the safety concerns and local code regulations. As such, you want to have a professional, licensed electrician on call.
- HVAC Technician
Another important member of your team is an HVAC technician. HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning–as you might imagine, these are the areas that this person specializes in.
Consider what it might be like in the El Paso heat without air conditioning. In warmer climates, an HVAC technician plays a critical role in maintaining central air conditioning and installing it for those looking to change cooling systems. To live a comfortable life, especially when working from home, you want to ensure that your heating and cooling systems are working well.
With this in mind, you want to have someone you can reach out to when an issue arises as well as for maintenance.
Having a skilled carpenter readily accessible can make a world of difference. Perhaps you want to update your interior after moving into your house or finish your basement. Carpenters can fix existing issues, remodel, and even install woodwork into houses. If you’re thinking about getting new cabinets or installing a railing, you’ll want to have a great carpenter.
Unlike plumbers, electricians, and HVAC technicians, being in touch with a carpenter tends to fall under the “nice to have” category. Typically, when you call a carpenter, it won’t be an emergency. Even so, a good carpenter can help you transform your home and make your vision come true. Their work will also be the most visible to you and your guests, so you want to ensure that they do high quality work.
How to Find These Essential People
Now that you know who to look for, you’re probably wondering how to find them. There are a variety of ways to find skilled laborers near you, but these are three of the most common ways. As you interview and research, always be sure to check their reviews and credibility online.
People are more inclined to follow a recommendation from a person they know than someone random. Ask your friends and family who they use for their home essentials and get their contact information.
Friends and family are great resources because they have reputations to uphold with you. They wouldn’t recommend someone unless they were confident in their abilities. Even so, be sure to complete your due diligence!
- Google Searches
Anything you want is just a quick Google search away. Try using keywords such as the person’s job title plus the area that you live in. An example might be “plumbers in El Paso county.”
From there, consider the top search results. These people are at the top of Google for a reason. Delve into reviews and then reach out to at least 3-5 people. Another thing that might help ease your decision is to compare pricing between people on a given project. You have to decide what matters most to you in a person you’re looking to hire.
Angie’s List is a website entirely dedicated to service based workers. Like Google, you will search specific categories and then be recommended to certain people based on their location and your needs.
Failing to prepare is preparing to fail. Make sure that you plan ahead by researching and building relationships with people who can help you maintain your house. It’s better to be safe than sorry.