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A Happy Home

7 terms first-time homebuyers need to know before they close

You’re tired of renting and realize the money you’re spending on rent each month could go towards owning your dream home. But the thought of going through the home-buying process scares you. You don’t know where to start, what you should know, or who you should talk to. You’re not alone. In fact, 35% of all home purchases were by first-time homebuyers. Educating yourself on the home-buying process in advance will help you make the right decisions and prevent buyers’ remorse. Knowing these seven terms will help protect your interests when buying a home.

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Dos & Don’ts

Check out these electrical safety tips for inside your home

  • DO cover all electrical outlets and wall switches with cover plates, and replace any that are damaged. You should never have exposed wires coming out of your walls.

  • DO use extension cords only on a temporary basis. Using them longterm can result in unnecessary fire hazards.

  • DO keep appliances clean and free of dust, lint and grease.

  • DO check every electrical cord in a room for any damage and looseness. If a cord is damaged, replace it.

  • DO keep all electrical devices away from water sources. Water leaks into appliances or on to small devices can result in electrocution.

  • DO use a quality surge suppressor with enough sockets for every component.

  • DON’T install a cord under a rug where it will become worn by foot traffic. It can also become a fire hazard should something go wrong with it.

  • DON’T yank electrical cords from the wall; this can damage both the plug and outlet.

  • DON’T attempt to fix an electrical appliance or tool while the unit is plugged in.

  • DON’T keep resetting a breaker that trips. If it trips right after you reset it, there could be problem that needs to be investigated.

  • DON’T overload a circuit by plugging in too many appliances.

  • DON’T use extension cords for large appliances, such as refrigerators, or anything else that pulls a lot of power.

“We shape our dwellings, and afterwards our dwellings shape us.”

Winston Churchill

“If you have health, you probably will be happy, and if you have health and happiness, you have all the wealth you need, even if it is not all you want. ”

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