If you’re single and live on your own, (or even share a space with housemates), you’re responsible when things go wrong or need fixing.

While you might be able to split some tasks between yourself and the guy who lives in the room next door, there are some things you just need to learn to do on your own in case he isn’t home one day.

These are the things you should know as a capable adult:

How to deal with pests

Now, we don’t mean your ex or that guy from Tinder that won’t stop texting you. We mean rodents or insects that might crop up from time to time – hopefully you don’t have a full on infestation on your hands. You should know which pesticides or traps to get, where to put them and how often to do it.

If you need advice, here are some helpful tips:
-    Free your house of flies
-    Get rid of flies, mosquitoes, and roaches with these 5 plants
-    Getting rid of cockroaches
-    Get rid of rats, before they get rid of you!

How to fix small DIY problems

You’ll need to learn how to hang those paintings and then how to patch up the holes when you’ve taken them down. What if the hinge on your kitchen cupboard goes a bit wonky, or a screw gets loose on your bookshelf? It always helps to know how to fix things and which tools you should have on hand.

Here are a few tips:
-    11 essential tools you need in your toolbox
-    Plumbing 101: 5 things to know
-    How to fix annoying toilet troubles

How to cook a few basic recipes

Here’s hoping you didn’t need to google how to cook an egg because the other basic recipes you need to know are a bit more complicated than that. Food24 gives you a list of dishes you should know how to cook by the time you’re 25 (and it’s okay if you don’t know all of them, but try, okay?)

-    25 dishes you should know how to cook before you turn 25

How to jump start a car or change a flat tyre

More often than not, you’re going to be alone when you get a flat, or your battery dies, so you need to be prepared for the worst case scenario.

How to change that flat, jump your car and 3 other car related things you should know how to do:
-    5 car maintenance tricks every woman should know and how to do them