Tuesday January 21, 2020
So you've moved into your new custom dream home after weeks of waiting and anticipating.
Now everything you've ever imagined is at your fingertips. And since your home is brand-new, you think you don't have to do anything to maintain it.
Think again — because your home may be low-maintenance, but it isn't no-maintenance. There are a few things you need to put on your maintenance checklist to assure your home stays beautiful for years to come.
But if you've never lived in a new home, how do you know what needs attention now and what can wait until next year?
We know being a new homeowner can be hard, and that's why we're helping you out with this guide to new home maintenance.
Ready to discover how to keep your home as dreamy as the day you moved in?
Let's get started with the first box you need to tick: monthly maintenance tasks.
Maintenance Checklist: What to Do on a Monthly Basis
The first day you move into your home is the most important.
That's because you should be checking all the boxes on your monthly maintenance checklist. These include:
- Testing smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
- Inspecting fire extinguishers
- Deep cleaning
While you won't have to unclog your drains or clean the garbage disposal, range hood, and filter on your oven just yet, keep those duties in mind for next month.
And in two more months, you'll have to change your HVAC filters.
Experts recommend you change these every three months to maintain the air quality in your house. During cold and flu season, you may want to change your HVAC filters even more often, especially if you have young children.
Maintenance Checklist: What to Do on an Annual Basis
Wondering what you need to do to maintain your house on a yearly basis?
Check out these tips for years 1, 2, 3, and beyond.
Years 1 and 2
Clean your gutters — and if you live in a place that gets heavy snow or rain, consider cleaning your gutters twice a year every year.
This also applies to homes under heavy shade, as tree debris often clogs gutters, leading to leaks and roof damage.
In addition to changing your HVAC filters, you should get an HVAC inspection at least once a year after your first year of living in your new home.
Another annual task is to clean out your chimney, which can harbor dangerous gasses.
Finally, you should spray your home for pests once a year during summer to keep your home pest-free.
Every two years or more, you need to have your A/C and heating system inspected. Your inspector will do things like draining the boiler to remove any buildup and checking the radiator valves to assure proper function.
Year 3 and Beyond
After living in your house for 3 or more years, you'll want to have the roof inspected, as leaks are one of the most common causes of home damage.
You should also touch up your home's exterior paint to keep the building material waterproof, insulate pipes in the winter, and make sure windows and doors are properly sealed.
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