10 Ways to Maintain Your New Home

When you get the keys to your new home, or have the final walk through of your newly renovated home, it is always an exciting event. You want to host dinner parties, and just dwell in your perfect dream space. What some homeowners forget is that to keep a home perfect and beautiful and lasting long, it requires a lot of time, maintenance, and love to be put into the home.

Here are 10 ways to maintain your new home

  1. Clean or Change the HVAC filters

Your home Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system is in place to maintain the comfort and safety of your family. Health benefits of a well-maintained HVAC system come into play with the prevention of mold, which frequently thrives in warm, damp areas. Although it is a background and usually hidden system, be sure to visit it every 3 to 6 months to clean or change the filters to maintain your home safe and comfortable for years to come. A little maintenance from time to time can elongate the life span of this expensive, yet necessary machine.

  1. Have your Roof Inspected

The roof of your home is often taken for granted and never checked on until there’s a large issue, such as water leakage, at which point it can cause further damage and costs more money to fix. Even if your roof has recently been replaced, or if it is a brand new home, routine maintenance can be the difference between the lifespan of your roof being, for example, 20 years or lasting 30 years A good rule of thumb to follow is to give your roof a small inspection every year, and a professional inspection every 3 years. Doing routine maintenance will prevent most common issues such as mossing or broken roofing materials or shingles, metal rusting, sagging between rafters, among a few others.

  1. Test and Change Batteries on Your Smoke and Carbon Dioxide Detectors

A very important yet simple task that can save your family is to check your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors quarterly, or at least, biannually. Simply press the “test” button and if the alarm goes off then you are good to go, if it does not, check the batteries and change them.

  1. Clean the Gutters and Downspouts

Over the months your gutters and downspout have probably accumulated leaves and other debris. Clearing it out biannually will ensure that it won’t grown grime and mold, or weigh down your gutters and ruin them. At the same time, it would also be beneficial to make sure that your downspout is facing away from your home so that it directs rainwater away from the foundation of your home. Another thing that can benefit your gutters is to paint them every 4 to 6 years to help prevent rusting.

  1. Clear Dead Plants, Check Tree Growth & Maintain Your Garden

Remember to trim your plants and clear our dead plants annually, as they can find their way into possible cracks and holes in the exterior of your home causing damage. In addition, if you live in a relative new neighborhood where new trees have been planted, pay close attention as they grow and make sure the branches don’t interfere with the electrical wires near your home. Use professionals to have them trimmed. This will protect your home and the trees from damage.

  1. Check the Grout and Caulking in Your Kitchen and Bathrooms

The kitchen and bathroom are the most used rooms in the home, in turn maintaining will take a large chunk of your time. One thing that often goes unchecked is the grout and caulking. Inspect if the grout is chipping or the caulking is peeling in these areas annually, especially where you use water, and repair as needed. This will prolong the lifespan of your tiled surfaces and cabinets.

  1. Clean Debris out of Window Wells

All sorts of things can get in the wells of your windows and cause damage. To ensure the lifespan of your windows and to keep your home insulated properly, clear out the debris that fall into your window wells annually.

  1. Check and Clean Dryer and Exhaust Vents In and Outside of Your Home

We all love the smell of fresh laundry, but hate doing it so often, well here’s another thing for you to check annually, your dryer and exhaust vents in and outside of your home. While the dryer is running check the exhaust and if it smells like fresh laundry and there’s a good flow coming out of it, then everything is good. If there isn’t much exhaust, check for blockages, vacuum the lint from the hose at the dryer, you may need to call a professional if you can’t find or reach a blockage.

  1. Check for Cracks as the Home Adjusts to the Land

A newly built house or renovated house will always adjust itself to the land it’s sitting on, which may cause cracks. Once a year inspect the foundation of your home for any cracks, siding damage, holes in bricks, or paint chipping. Make sure they are not cracks that will affect the foundation and structure of your home, and repair as needed. This will prevent your home from developing any leaks and damaging the interior of your home further.

  1. Deep Clean Your Home

Take one weekend day every 6 months with your family and give the entire home a properly deep clean – a spring and fall cleaning. Clean all of the appliances, windows, dust and thoroughly clean every little corner in your home, including the basement, garage, and the exterior of your home. Doing a deep clean twice a year will prevent dirt, grime, and dust from building up. This will also be a time for you to check if every thing in your home is in working order and what needs to be fixed. Keeping your home in tip-top shape will help in maintain everything working and not become overwhelming.


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8 Mistakes to Avoid When Renovating Your Kitchen

Renovating a kitchen can be a daunting task. It is the heart of your home; the room with the most day-to-day activity, where everyone gathers for daily dinners, for comfort food and a hug when they’re down, and for those loud and festive family meals. It is a huge responsibility to undertake a kitchen renovation, and if not done correctly, will always be an “in-your-face” mistake.


 8 Mistakes to Avoid When Renovating Your Kitchen


Hindering the Kitchen Work Triangle

The kitchen work triangle refers to the layout of the refrigerator, sink and stovetop in relation to each other. Having these areas too close will cause people to trip over each other in the kitchen, and having them too far apart will making food preparation too tiring of a task for your home cook.

How to Avoid: If possible, relocated the plumbing of your sink, if currently in a poor location. Use the general guideline which advises that the distance between the areas be no less than 4 feet and no larger than 9 feet.

Lack of Storage Space

The kitchen can arguably contain the most items in your home, therefore it requires the most storage, especially for awkwardly shaped items such as a blender, and stand mixer. Finding the appropriate way to store all of these items in addition to your tableware and tupperware can be a feat. Built-ins can be expensive which just adds on to the issue.

How To Avoid: Install longer upper cabinets all the way to the ceiling, and add lighting near the molding to make the space brighter. Always add cabinetry over your refrigerator; this is usually good storage for items that only come out every so often. Finally, install shelving across the back of your lower kitchen cabinets, wherever permitted.

Insufficient Counter Space

One of the biggest complaints we hear is that the kitchen lacks countertop space. Given that most activities in the kitchen require a counter, and small kitchen appliances already take up some of that space, it is easy to come to the conclusion that there is never enough countertop space in your kitchen.

How to Avoid: If possible, add an island or a breakfast bar to your kitchen design which will benefit you additionally by providing storage, as well as becoming an entertainment area.

Poor Lighting

People constantly underestimate how much lighting they need in a kitchen. Having one general light will not suffice for a lot of kitchen tasks. The lighting in the kitchen is sometimes forgotten because people forget to evaluate the work areas in the kitchen.

How to Avoid: Have a general lighting to cast across your entire kitchen, then add lighting under your cabinets to eliminate shadows on your counter, and finally, evaluate and add lighting directly over work areas.

Opting out of a Backsplash

Some opt out of installing a backsplash and painting the area between their cabinets due to their budget. However, in the long run you will kick yourself for having not installed backsplash. Even with proper ventilation your kitchen will always produce steam, water and grease. It is a lot easier to clean grease off of a backsplash made of tile or plastic than it is to clean of a painted wall.

How to Avoid: Include Backsplash in your design and budget!

Poor Ventilation

Imagine your friends walking into your home and smelling last night’s salmon dish. Regardless of how beautiful you made your kitchen, a less than pleasant smell will definitely take away from that. Again, budget comes to play! Inexpensive range hoods, although easier on your wallet, only do half the job and often circulate the already existing, smelly air, only removing a bit of the smell.

How to Avoid: Budget for a good ventilation system that will not only look great amongst your other appliances, but will maintain the air in your kitchen and connecting rooms fresh and clean.

Too Trendy

Although some would argue this isn’t really a mistake, a kitchen is a large investment that most don’t plan on making too many times in their lives. Selecting a kitchen design and colours that are too trendy may not be the best decision. Trends fade quickly, and the return on your investment may not be as large as you’d like it to be in a few years.

How to Avoid: Design your kitchen for functionality and add a few trendy features while maintaining the overall look and appliances timeless.

Not Using Professionals

Some homeowners have completed other rooms in their homes themselves and look at the kitchen as just another project where they can do a lot of the work and only call in professionals for the bigger jobs, such as electrical and plumbing. Taking on a kitchen renovation on your own can end up costing you more money, time and patience than you anticipate, with varying end results that may not leave you satisfied.

How To Avoid: Research and select ideal professionals to work with you to make your ideal kitchen come to life. Professional contractors and designers often have access and knowledge of new kitchen innovations, designs, and layouts that will be functional, classy, and still cost effective.

We, at Pure Kitchens, ensure our customers to have all of the information on the good, bad and the ugly of kitchen renovations. Every kitchen renovation will be different, as is every home, but some things are universal. Hopefully this list will allow you to not make many mistakes we’ve seen others do.

Happy Kitchen Reno!



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