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Welcome Home! Here’s Your New House Checklist.

You spent countless Sundays at open houses. You signed 50+ legal documents. You wrote a check for a single, heart-stopping, six-digit figure. And now, drumroll please…you’re the lucky owner of your very first house! Congratulations! Now it’s time to get to work. Here’s a checklist of all the things you should do when moving into a new house.

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Diamond Certified Experts: How to Restore Power to Your Home

Even if you don’t know the first thing about electricity, there are a couple of electrical issues you can solve without the help of a professional. Photo: Mulder Electric (2015)

Even if you don’t know the first thing about electricity, there are a couple of electrical issues you can solve without the help of a professional. Photo: Mulder Electric (2015)

Most people assume electrical work is best left to a professional, and for the most part, they’re absolutely right. However, in the instance of a power outage, there are a couple of things that even a novice can do to restore it. We’ve asked four Diamond Certified Expert Contributors to explain simple steps homeowners can take to avoid unnecessary service calls.

How to reset a GFI
Due to the presence of water, safety codes require the electrical outlets in bathrooms and kitchens to be equipped with ground fault interrupters (GFIs), which protect against electric shock in the event of a “ground fault,” which is an inadvertent electrical path between a source of current and a grounded surface. When a GFI detects a disruption in the current, it immediately shuts off power to protect the user. This means doing anything from using a hair dryer in the bathroom to using a blender in the kitchen can trigger a ground fault and cause that outlet to lose power. Continue reading “Diamond Certified Experts: How to Restore Power to Your Home” »

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