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Are You Buying a House?

by Richard Bocchieri 09/08/2019

If you’re new to home ownership, the idea of taking care of a home might seem daunting. After all, you’ve always called the landlord to fix the plumbing, broken garage door, or pest issue. Now, you are the landlord. That means you’re in charge of maintenance and repairs on your new home. You can find a handyman to keep on speed dial, or, you can take a class to learn the basics.

Check out the big box stores

Wander into Home Depot, Lowes, or Menards or check out their websites and you'll find classes, workshops, tutorials, and videos to get you started on a variety of essential projects. Set aside a Saturday morning to learn how to replace a faucet or lay tile with their in-store workshops or follow along a tutorial on your tablet.

Don't forget the independent hardware store, garden centers, lumberyards, lighting specialists, plumbing fixture outlets, and paint stores. Specialists in customer service, these smaller stores hire experts to give you advice on a range of subjects from which plants work together in the same soil to what paint finish will last longest on your siding and trim. Often, these specialists work with you to form a plan to fix your problem, and they don't mind you picking their brains for advice.

Sign up for a home-owners class

  • Online classes from a variety of sources help you hone your do-it-yourself and home maintenance skills. Check out Family Handyman DIY University to learn the basics of repairing and replacing caulk. Or get ambitious and learn how to care for your septic tank and well-water system. 
  • Hands-on classes from your local housing department or community college, like this one from Bronx Community College, teach basic plumbing repairs to more advanced HVAC and construction classes. CDC Long Island offers a seven-week home maintenance training program where new homeowners can learn the basics of sheetrock repair, plumbing and electrical repair and safety, door hardware installation and how to transition your home to eco-friendly green products.
  • Volunteer to get hands-on experience. Offer your time to local building programs such as Habitat for Humanity and work alongside pros to learn basic skills. If you make it a regular habit, you’ll learn indoor and outdoor skills from the ground up that you can put to work in your own home, and you’ll be giving back to your community.

Whichever way you choose to learn, make it a priority to keep your home in tip-top shape so that when the time comes to sell your agent will say "no problem, let's get it listed."

About the Author

Richard Bocchieri

Welcome to Long Island Living at its best! The South Shore of Suffolk County is a suburban area that runs along the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean. Homes in this area consist of primarily residential properties. This area tends to be diverse in culture and income as it varies by hamlet, village or town. Residents along the South Shore have access to many beaches, parks and recreational activities. I pride myself on my honesty, integrity, hard work and personal service. My first career was in education, starting as a teacher then finishing as a guidance counselor and achieving my Master’s and two PD's. In 1986, I began my real estate career. In a sense, I am still an educator and offering guidance; this time I am outside of the classroom educating my clients on the selling and purchasing processes; which have become so complicated recently and guiding them safely through the confusing and ever-changing real estate market. It is very satisfying to me to help people with not only the greatest financial asset in their lives but their greatest emotional asset; where they celebrate holidays, raise their families and live their lives. I take the needs of my clients very seriously and as a result, I am proud to say, over 90% of my sales are the result of referrals and recommendations. Primarily, my areas of service are the Townships of Babylon and Islip on Long Island’s beautiful South Shore, near pristine beaches and wonderful boating, yet only 55 minutes from Manhattan; truly the best of both worlds. I'm a graduate of the Real Estate Institute and am certified as a Senior Real Estate Specialist. I also hold a license as a Notary Public. Please feel free to call or visit so I can help you fulfill your real estate dreams. I am a Full Service Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker and provide the following: Free appraisal Rental Mortgages International relocation services Sales Home warranty New homes Free school report Water front specialist Notary public Please feel free to call or visit so I can help you fulfill your real estate dreams.

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