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Best Home Advice

Get a head start on 2023 with some of the best home advice articles from 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty (2-10 HBW). Whether you already own or are just starting to look, 2-10 HBW can help make your experience of home ownership a great one!

2023 home advice for current homeowners

Home maintenance is one of the most important parts of home ownership. And a lot of home maintenance includes stuff that you don’t need a professional to do! Here are five things to prepare to do in 2023.

1. Drain your water heater

Draining your water heater is one of the most important pieces of home maintenance you can do. It helps lengthen its life by preventing buildup, which usually means no unexpected cold showers!

We have a comprehensive guide for exactly how to drain your water heater safely. And all you really need is a strong, threaded hose and about an hour of time.

2. Know where your water main shutoff valve is

Having basic knowledge about your home’s plumbing is a crucial piece of home advice. Many homeowners don’t learn about where their water main’s shutoff valve is until they’re experiencing a big leak.

The tricky part about finding your shutoff valve is that there’s no standard place for it. However, our guide to finding your water main’s shutoff valve can help you narrow its location down. Knowing where it is before you need to know can make life a lot easier.

3. Treat your garbage disposal right

Garbage disposals are powerful, but they’re not invincible. Check out our list of 10 things to never put down your garbage disposal.

4. Take care of your home’s gutters

Good gutter maintenance can save you from a ton of headaches down the line. From avoiding unwanted roof pests to reducing the chances of water damage to your roof and foundation, maintaining your gutters is super important to overall home maintenance.

The two most crucial parts of gutter maintenance are:

  1. Keeping your gutters clear of debris.

  2. Making sure water is running away from your home’s foundation by at least 5 feet.

5. Be a good neighbor

Home maintenance isn’t always just about nuts and bolts (but remember to do the nuts-and-bolts stuff, because you’ll likely be crabby if the house starts falling apart, which makes it harder to be a good neighbor). A big part of happy home ownership is being a good neighbor.

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