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The Home Owner's Survival Kit (How to beat the high cost of owning and operating your home)
The Home Owner's Survival Kit - How to beat the high cost of owning and operating your home Author:A. M. Watkins Housing now accounts for the biggest single expense in the typical American family's annual living costs. The heaviest burden falls on the home-owning family with growing children and ever-growing housing and household expenses. Clearly, it's getting tougher and tougher to survive. — The Homeowner's Survival Kit has come to the rescue with hund... more »reds of facts, ideas, tips, and information on how to run your house economically.
Are you paying too much in property taxes? You'll learn how to tell and what to do if you are. Do you qualify for a property-tax exemption? This may mean a discount on your taxes.
Your total bill for household utilities can be reduced -and the author has supplied a chart to tell you which appliances use the most electricity, gas, and water. He also tells you when you should use gas and when you should use electricity, and he lists twenty-one cost-saving tips to save money on utility bills.
How and when should you make telephone calls for the greatest economy? What about special equipment? A detailed chapter includes special advice on telephone use.
Knowing what to do before calling a repairman can save expensive repairs on breakdowns of clothes washers and dryers, television sets, vacuum cleaners, dishwashers, refrigerators, stoves, and small appliances.
The most common basic house structural problems you will encounter are described, along with the best ways to prevent them and which ones the home handyman can repair.
Discover the best ways of heating and of air-conditioning your home -which fueling systems to use, and what equipment to buy.
How much and what kind of insurance should you have? Specific methods for getting all the protection you need at the lowest cost are detailed, as well as a summary of the five basic homeowner policies.
If you do require outside help for household improvements, and remodeling, learn what to look for when hiring a contractor and how to finance home improvements.
Some basic precautions will lower the chances that your home will be burglarized. The author tells you what they are and fives you special tips on keeping your belongings secure.
What if you decide to sell your house? Should you use a broker? There are facts about taxes you should know when selling your home.
The Homeowner's Survival Kit is designed to enable the homeowner -and the apartment dweller- to overcome the travail and vicissitudes of running a household today.« less