Despite slight wavering, the housing market is showing generally positive growth. The Washington Post recently reported a 2.1 percent growth in US home sales and home improvement giants like Lowes are showing increased revenue.

More families are starting to feel confident about purchasing their first homes, moving away from a lifetime of rentals and committing to a long term residence. It’s a transition that, for many, is a major accomplishment. But that transition also comes with its fair share of anxiety. Once you’ve signed your name on the lease, the home is your responsibility and making sure it doesn’t fall apart around you can seem like a monumental task.

Why We’re Asking:

Before teens get their driver’s license, many parents make sure they know how to check the oil or change the tire, but the same mindset isn’t always true for new homeowners. A little bit of know-how can go a long way to save money and prevent small problems from becoming big disasters, like knowing how to shut off the water valve on a leaking toilet or cutting electricity to a furnace on the fritz. To help educate homeowner rookies, we’re turning to our panel of home improvement experts.

So experts, it’s time to weigh in:

What Essential Skills Should Every New Homeowner Have?

What should a homeowner know about plumbing, electricity, design, roofing, or eco-friendly practices? What basic tools should they have to carry out these basic skills?
Are there classes either in-person or online that you recommend all new homeowners enroll in?

We look forward to learning more about home ownership from our experts. Check back next week to see what they have to say!

Experts, post your answers in the comment field below!