When you build or purchase a new home, you most likely will not have to deal with repairs for a while. Quirks like loose floorboards, hard-to-close doors, or cracking finishes throughout the house may develop over time. To delay those annoyances, keep things working properly, and avoid expensive repairs, follow our 6 tips for maintaining your new home:
Real estate agents or builders will do a final walk-through before handing you the keys to your new home. Note the locations of utilities access, check appliances, and test the windows and doors to familiarize yourself with the house.
After you unpack boxes, hang up picture frames, and arrange furniture, read the owner’s manuals for all your appliances, equipment, and systems. Homeownership means constant care and upkeep, so write out a calendar or set up reminders for regular maintenance tasks.
Dust and dirt can impact the HVAC system and damage finishes, so you’ll want to keep a tidy house. In addition to weekly chores, don’t forget to clean other areas as needed:
- Vacuum window and door tracks.
- Scrub off mineral buildup on faucet heads.
- Clean refrigerator coils every three to four months and your oven range hood every spring.
- Drain the water heater yearly to remove sediment.
Check your security and electrical system, your home’s exterior, appliances, HVAC equipment, air quality, and more. Regularly test and replace batteries in smoke and fire alarms and keep extinguishers in convenient spaces in case of a fire.
You’ll spend a lot of time in your home, so make sure it’s protected from the elements and keeps your family healthy and comfortable. Change the HVAC filter monthly so the equipment runs efficiently and allows a steady stream of clean air to circulate.
Excess moisture can make your home a breeding ground for mold, and dry air can be harsh on wood furniture and your family’s lungs, so regulate indoor air with a humidifier or dehumidifier. Apply weather stripping and caulking around doors and windows every year to seal your home from outdoor pollutants, bugs, moisture, and wind.
Notice changes like decks shifting, cracks in the walls or woodwork, frayed cords, loose handles, discoloring in the ceiling, collecting water, and insects. Inspect basic plumbing every six months to check for leaks and make sure everything is working properly.
Don’t let small issues become large ones over time. If you find a problem, fix it. If you’re not sure, hire a professional to check it out.
All of these preventative maintenance tasks will keep your home in tip-top shape should you ever choose to sell:
- Regularly service your HVAC equipment.
- Repair leaking faucets right away to avoid water damage.
- Lubricate moving parts every three months, including garage doors, hinges, and gates.
- Reseal tile grout annually so it doesn’t absorb water, bacteria, and stains.
- Repaint or restain decks, trim, and molding and other woodwork.
Iverson Homes can design a perfect custom home you’ll be proud to maintain and enjoy for years to come. Our award-winning real estate agents can help you find the house of your dreams if you are looking to buy. We provide expert guidance and personalized service for all our clients, from first-time buyers to seasoned homeowners looking for a fresh start. View our gallery and contact us to learn more.