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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.