It may be where you lay your head at night or where you go to escape the cares of the world, but do you know much about your home? For instance, do you know how everything works so that when it goes wrong, you can pinpoint the problem? This doesn’t mean becoming a plumber, electrician, pool technician, or air conditioning and heating specialist. Owner’s manuals and repair guides only tell you so much or may be too technical for you to understand.
Of course, you can leave the technical “stuff” to the experts, but you should at least know what makes everything in your house come together as your castle so that you can feel more at ease. After all, an informed individual can make better decisions, which, in turn can save money, reduce the hassle of dealing with repairs, minimize becoming a victim of a shifty repair person, and increase safety and security.
As David Gass, owner of Aqueous Pool & Spa Services, pointed out, “Those customers that better understand how their in-ground pool works will do a better job of maintaining the equipment and their investment as well as feel more confident about the advice I offer rather than assuming that I’m pulling one over on them because they don’t understand what I’m talking about. The same goes for all the inner workings of your home. It’s best to know that you even the playing field with your repair people and feel good about what they are doing.”
And then there are the other more intangible aspects of being a homeowner, such as insurance, mortgages, home warranties, and property taxes – all of which can be hard to understand in terms of making the best decisions that pay off for your individual needs.
A Homeowner Educator
Ownersite Technologies is a company dedicated to providing homeowners with the most comprehensive knowledge about their homes – from the basement to the attic and the kitchen to the bathroom as well as the mortgage to the home inventory list and the property tax to the insurance policy. As a member, homeowners receive valuable insights from a homeowner educator service that recognizes the importance of taking care of your investment to build safety, reliability, and value.
The more you know about your home works and how to take care of it, the more safety, reliability, and value you will build into the biggest investment of your life. With the help of industry partners, consumer agencies, and government websites, Ownersite Technologies has been able to construct a knowledge library full of educational tools designed to enhance your role as a homeowner.
A Library of Resourceful Information
As a comprehensive, information-rich portal, Ownersite Technologies provides useful third party Internet resources on various topics, including state-related agencies tied to the account information you have listed; banking, mortgages, personal finance, insurance, and taxes; home ownership, maintenance, and repair websites; and a library of consumer-themed articles that help educate you on the responsibilities of homeownership. Here are some examples of the valuable content that is included on the site:
- National and state information includes the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) site for links to housing news, information about home ownership, home finance, and community data.
- State public utilities commissions and other government sites, such as the IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers and the Better Business Bureau, which delivers information and features that help you easily locate trustworthy businesses and charities.
- BankRate.com offers free, objective information and interest rate quotes for consumer finance products, such as home loans, credit cards, certificate of deposits, auto loans, and home equity lines of credit.
- The Insurance Information Institute has information on putting together home inventories as well as locating the right type of insurance for your largest investment and your personal belongings.
- There are a number of home repair site links that show you how to easily repair and maintain your home, complete home improvement projects, buying guides, ideas to enhance the value of your home, and an appliance part locator for repairs. These links include HomeRepair.com, Don Vandervort’s Home Tips, Home Time, and Repair Clinic.
Ownersite Technologies recognizes that knowledge also comes from you, the subscriber, which helps extend the learning process to those within the company as well as to the other subscribers. That’s why the company is open to having its subscribers share favorite links to other sites that might be helpful to other registered users. As long as Ownersite Technologies receives permission from the resource, the name, URL, and description of the resource can be added to expand everyone’s education through the Resources page.
New Features Under Construction
Learning comes from all types of sources. We are dedicated to finding additional interactive methods to help communicate and share information. That’s why Ownersite Technologies currently has other useful resources in the works, including a homeowner forum and online social community network where other owners can ask questions of each other and share useful tips. Additionally, the company will have a blog similar to its auto maintenance portal (www.ownersite.com). These additional resources will further enhance the capabilities and service offering that Ownersite Technologies delivers for its members.
On-Site Homeowner Knowledge
It is one thing to read up on all the latest information about how your home works and specific maintenance techniques or home finance tips. Now, it is time to put that new expertise to work and update all your home information with Ownersite Technologies and apply all that you have learned by maintaining an online home inventory and maintenance record that is available on a 24/7 basis for easy access for updates or emergency purposes. As your home maintenance and investment advisor, Ownersite Technologies wants you to convert your working knowledge into peace of mind as well as a greater return on your home investment.