Buying your first home is such an exciting time. You’re adulting! However, like much of adulthood, there’s a lot that nobody tells you. One of those things is what you will urgently need for your new home. When you transition from living in a rented property, you are entirely responsible for everything.
These responsibilities include maintenance and – most of all – emergencies. When the plumbing backs up, the lights go out, or the roof starts to leak, it’s all on you. The time to line up professional services for your home in Abbotsford is before something goes wrong. There are four basic areas of skilled trade help that you should not neglect to line up beforehand.
- Plumber. Advanced plumbing problems can’t be solved with a plumber’s snake or wrenching the U joint loose to clear it. Older pipes are more prone to breaking and leaking, and many homeowners skip having their main outflow cleared every year or two.
- Electrician. There is no such thing as an amateur electrician. Electricians must be licensed by Technical Safety BC and conform with all safety standards, including current business license, and valid permits.
- Appliance repair. Appliances rarely respond to percussive maintenance nowadays. Trained appliance repair persons are now more technicians than wrench jockeys. In fact, working on your own appliances such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, and HVAC plants can void your warranty.
- Roof repair. Once in a while, wild weather can really do a number on the roof. Damaged roof can’t keep out water, and water can significantly damage the structure and aesthetics of your home.
Checking out professionals before you need them and having them on tap and save you time, money, and even save lives. Check out reputations online, and see what local Abbotsford people think of the company, their employees, and the quality of their work. That way when disaster strikes – and it will – you may not be able to prevent it, but you will be able to fix it.