2023 Homeowner's Routine Maintenance Guide
It's been almost a year since becoming a homeowner myself, and needless to say, it's already been quite the adventure: flooding, loose gutters, top-to-bottom painting, and a laundry closet that was too small to take out the old washing machine. Ironically, even though I created Shiny.ooo to help my family with their house issues and track stuff I wanted to fix in my apartment, I really had no idea what to do when it came to actually owning a home myself.
Google and YouTube are amazing learning resources, but like anything else on the internet, this stuff can be as overwhelming as owning the house itself. Quickly, I found myself wishing for a more curated list of suggestions, advice, and way of managing everything I was seeing.
So, here's a starting point of suggested ideas gleaned from one of my go-to sources for advice: Reddit (including r/HomeImprovement, r/Homeowners), as well as other resources I've found and learned myself. I plan to add more and improve what's here over time. Have any thoughts or suggestions? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Just move in? (Or... thinking about selling?) Here are a few ways to increase the quality of your living space easily. Estimated costs range from free (!) to just a few hundred dollars.
Basic Routine Maintenance
Preventative maintenance is the best way to avoid having big issues blow up. You don't need to be a handyman or expert to do the following. Everything should take just an hour or two at most, but once you're done, you'll have a better sense of how your home is running and potentially catch bigger problems early.
Getting Ready for Winter
If you live in the Northeast like me, weather from November to March is usually a whole different ballgame. Hopefully your winter is much sunnier and warmer than ours, but if you're in another cold climate, here are a few suggestions to help your house hunker down. Winter is coming!