Hot Tip: Learn About Your Home by Watching Experts

Hot Tip: Learn About Your Home by Watching Experts

Landis Carey
Feb 4, 2011

Owning a home is an adventure like no other, especially for those who have limited knowledge about building structures and systems. What's the best way to learn about your home? Besides reading Re-Nest's Green Architect column, our advice: pay attention to each and every move hired experts make when they come in your door.

Advice for Learning About Your Home by Watching Experts

  • Ask questions about the problem you're experiencing. Is it common? Are there multiple ways the problem can be resolved? If so, why do they recommend the solution they are pursuing?
  • Watch the work being done. You can learn a great deal by quieting down and paying attention.
  • Find out when you can expect to deal with said problem again. Five years? Fifteen years? Next month? Manage your expectations by arming yourself with knowledge.
  • While the expert is in your home, addressing the immediate problem at hand, take a moment to discuss any other concerns you may have. Ask their advice. Hands down: you'll get a ton of information and will be better prepared to address your home's next problem.
  • Consider your expert's area of knowledge and ask them to explain your home's systems to you. If you've hired a plumber to fix a running toilet, but know nothing about those pipes in your basement, ask. What is all of this? If you've been a gracious host, they'll be happy to show their expertise. After all, it's their calling card and will ensure them future work.

And remember, treat your experts like guests—offer drinks on hot days—and don't forget to thank them. They are your greatest resource, no question.

(Image: Lane Real Estate)

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