Buying your first home can be an exciting and proud moment, yet there can also be feelings of overwhelming responsibility. To help curb these feelings, it is best to set up a routine for home maintenance from the very beginning. Many first time home buyers may be unaware of certain areas of their home that require ongoing attention and care. Routine maintenance will ensure certain areas of your home perform properly, decrease repair costs, and maximize the value.
- Check the seals around your doors and windows; apply weather stripping or sealant if needed
- Get your HVAC checked annually by a qualified technician
- Clean your drains periodically to prevent excessive buildup that could become a problem if neglected (avoid Drano if possible as it can damage your pipes)
- Garage doors should be kept lubricated at least twice a year by applying a silicone spray on the needles
- Get your dryer vent hose cleaned annually
- Have your chimney cleaned and inspected every few years
- Change air filters monthly
- Clean out gutters and downspouts once a year
- Check roof for leaks every few months after heavy rainstorm, as well as around the foundation of the house, to make sure water is flowing away from the home.
- Check the batteries in your smoke alarms
- At least once per year, drain the water from your water heater and clean the inside surface of its floor
- Check your toilets for leaks by adding a small amount of red food coloring to the tank, and then check the toilet bowl later. If the water in the bowl has turned red, water is seeping through from the tank and you may need to change some tank parts
- Check your washing machine hoses periodically for leaks, and replace plastic hoses every three years
- Get termite and pest control service before you see a problem…don’t wait until it is too late
Take note of the above items and create a home maintenance calendar to keep you on track and ensure your home’s needs are completed.