5 Problems Every New Homeowner Faces (And How to Fix Them)

Sometimes it’s worth calling in an expert.

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More existing homes were sold in 2020 than in any other year since 2006, according to the National Association of Realtors. Key word: existing. In other words, people are buying homes that another family (or families) had previously lived in. These weren’t sales of new construction homes. And that means these homes probably weren’t in perfect, tip-top shape. Have you bought a home recently? Most likely, there were some things you asked the previous homeowners to fix before you closed, but there very well could be a few issues that have popped up since you moved in (or things that you simply missed) that require real expertise.

Who to call? Home Services by The Home Depot works with local providers that meet strict standards for value, professionalism, expertise and customer service and who must undergo thorough background checks for your peace of mind. And unlike many common online Pro-Service reference sites, your transactions are directly with, and 100% backed by The Home Depot and installed and serviced by our Local Authorized Service Providers. Need someone to take a look at that air conditioner that doesn’t actually cool things down? The Home Depot can solve virtually all your home installation and repair needs with their Authorized Service Providers. So let’s take a look at your punch list—and how the Home Depot’s Home Services can help.

1. A Broken Fence

A section of broken fence can cause a chain reaction, eventually taking the whole thing down. Get ahead of it with Home Services at The Home Depot’s Fence Installation—a locally licensed service provider can help you choose between a low maintenance vinyl fence, a decorative metal one, a strong wood one, or something else. They’ll find the right measurements, provide a quote, and even secure the necessary permits. Of course, they’ll also install the fence and take away any debris before the final walk-through at the end. And in case you’re not sure you’re in good hands, know this: The service has earned more than 4,500 verified 5-star reviews!

2. A Spotty Water Heater

Still trying to figure out the best time of day to take a shower in your house? Or how many people can possibly shower before the hot water is all used up? Or why there’s a puddle of water around your water heater? None of these things are acceptable and could be signs that your system needs a repair or to be replaced. Sign up for a free in-home consultation and a local, background-checked expert can (safely) come take a look. The good news: Same-day water heater installation is available Monday through Friday in most locations if you request service before noon and live within 30 miles of a Home Depot store.

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3. An Air Conditioner That Runs Constantly

If your system is either constantly running, always turning on and off, and not maintaining the set temperature, there might be a problem with your HVAC system, according to Viviane Essex, the National Install Merchant for HVAC systems at The Home Depot. It’s always best to be proactive before every heating or cooling season: Have your system professionally serviced before each heating or cooling season and to call for a repair diagnostic at the first sign of an issue before major components may be catastrophically damaged. Home Depot offers these services.

To help you with the HVAC system maintenance, repairs or replacement, The Home Depot works with local Authorized Service Providers that meet strict standards for value, professionalism, expertise and customer service and who must undergo thorough background checks for your peace of mind. One thing to note is that unlike many common online Pro-Service reference sites, your HVAC transactions are directly with, and 100% backed by The Home Depot and installed and serviced by our Local Authorized Service Providers.  The Home Depot backs all their heating and cooling installations with a one-year warranty and their repairs and tune-up services with a 90-day guarantee.

4. Drafty Windows

 While you can absolutely do your best to seal up drafty windows with caulk and weather stripping, your attempts will largely just be band-aid solutions until it’s time to get new windows. And with warm weather finally here, that time is now.

Keeping old windows is incredibly inefficient in terms of heating and cooling your home. Plus, window technology has come a long way. “If your windows are more than 15 years old, there's a good chance that there's a better product on the market to help save you money,” says Karla Thompson, the Merchant for Windows and Doors at The Home Depot. (There’s a special glass that absorbs UV light and keeps your home cooler in the summer, for example.)

“Our experts can help shoppers pick windows that are rated for their area of the country. They can suggest the right type of glass and best type of window for every need,” Thompson adds. Through The Home Depot’s Window Installation Services, you can get matched with a local professional who can suggest options and give you a free quote.

5. A Dysfunctional Garage Door

 Garage doors (and their openers) are surprisingly complex. So there could be a few things factoring into why your door shakes or reverses direction unexpectedly. It’s best to call a pro (unless you’re willing to risk your garage door falling to the ground!). Through The Home Depot’s Garage Door & Opener Repair Services, a licensed, insured, and vetted expert will come and inspect your garage door and most repairs can be completed during the same visit. If there are bigger changes to be made, the professional can make specific recommendations, and install the product for you.

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