So, you have moved into your beautiful new home, everything is unpacked and in its place, and you are wondering how you can keep the glorious new home feel around as long as possible. With over 50 years of experience building new homes and helping our buyers’ transition into life in their new homes, we have put together 7 easy home maintenance tips that are simple, straightforward, and sure to preserve the longevity of your new home.
1.Clean out gutters and downspouts regularly. Leaves, twigs, and other debris collect in gutters and downspouts, clogging them and blocking water flow. Clogged gutters can lead to water and ice build-up which can be very harmful to your home’s exterior and foundation. Cleaning your gutters and downspouts yearly will help keep rain water and melted snow flowing properly.
2.Clean your furnace filter. Check your furnace filter often and clean or replace it when necessary to keep the air in your home cleaner. A dirty filter also forces your HVAC system to work harder, costing you more money.
3.Check seals around windows and doors. Cold weather can crack and harden caulk and other weather seals. Inspect your seals regularly and repair and replace as necessary. Simply re-caulking can prevent water from entering your home and causing damage, and also prevent air loss, improving the energy efficiency of your home.
4.Have your chimney cleaned. Build up in your chimney is a major fire hazard and can be easily prevented by having it professionally cleaned regularly.
5.Clean your dryer vent. Some lint escapes the lint trap in your dryer and makes its way to the dryer vent. Cleaning your vent will save you money by reducing the time your dryer has to run and also decrease the risk of a house fire.
6.Drain your water heater. Often times, sediment will build up in the bottom of your hot water tank. Drain your hot water heater at least once a year by using the spigot near the bottom of the heater to drain it. Doing so will prolong your water heater’s life and reduce your electric bill.
7.Clean the kitchen air filter and exhaust hood. Cooking grease and other airborne food particles build up in the air filter and exhaust hood. Cleaning them regularly allows prolonged life and keeps them looking like new.
What maintenance tips do you use to help keep your home feeling newer longer?
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