You just bought a new home and you could not be more ecstatic. Now that you’ve settled in and started to unpack, it’s time to start making a home maintenance schedule to make sure you can keep your new home intact. While this might not be the most fun part of home ownership, it sure does give you a sense of pride in taking care of your home and you’ll find you can save money by taking care of things before they become a problem.
From protecting your home from termites to replacing the batteries in the smoke detector, here is a general list of things you’ll want to be sure to do to keep your new home running safely and efficiently.
Fire extinguishers and detectors
The first part of your list should include safety checks. You’ll want to make sure your fire extinguishers are working properly and use this as an opportunity to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
This is also a good time to clean your dryer vents to avoid a fire, clean window wells to avoid a water pressure breakage, and test your sump pump to avoid a flood. Use this as a chance to check for a pest problem, whether it’s a mice nest that has formed near your wiring or a termite problem in your basement. If you have a chimney, make sure it gets cleaned yearly to avoid a dangerous situation. Do safety checks first and foremost.
Deep clean and control dust
Now it’s time to deep clean your home and get that dust under control. Dust can be a health hazard and could be hiding on fan blades and in throw rugs. Do this as a far of your yearly deep cleaning where you clean unusual places such as behind the TV, under the cabinets, and behind the fridge.
Check windows and walls
Another area that could be an issue is your windows and walls. It’s important to inspect and possibly repair an issue with either of these places in the home. Otherwise, you could have drafts coming in, excess moisture, termites, unrepaired cracks, or pests getting in.
Check moisture, air filters, and heating and cooling systems
Speaking of air and moisture, it’s time to clean all of the air filters and get any possible moisture under control. Moisture will attract rodents and insects, and it could happen from anything such as a leaky sink to a lack of exhaust fans in the home.
Clean those air filters that keeping dirt circulating around the house or putting your air conditioner at risk of breaking down or your house in danger of a fire. Then work on your heating and cooling systems by cleaning vents, replacing filters, and giving it a complete tune-up. It’s important to also inspect your boiler, flush the water heater, and bleed your radiator.
You’ll also need to work on the outside of the home. It’s important that your gutters are in great condition to avoid roof damage. Look for signs of wear and tear that might need repaired. Check for decay or damage around windows and trimming. Take the time to repaint if needed.
While these duties may take place once a month or once a year, there are some things you should do during the different seasons to care for your new home. in the summer, you can paint the exterior while it’s dry outside.
In the fall, you’ll want to winterize your heating system, clear debris from the yard, winterize outdoor faucets, and inspect the driveway for cracks. In the winter make sure you are removing icicles, checking your seals for gaps, and testing the electricity. Once spring rolls around, it’s time to spring clean by removing dead plants, repairing screen damage, and checking your roof after winter. Now that you have a new home to enjoy, make sure you do your part to take care of your investment all year long.