The First-Time Homeowner’s Guide to House Maintenance

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There’s more to buying your first house than looking for your dream home and settling in.

Mortgage aside, you’re responsible for properly maintaining and looking after it. Of course, you can always hire home cleaners or other residential services to help you keep your home in top condition. But there are some things you can do by yourself, too. Keep this maintenance checklist in mind.

Take the time to observe every detail.

When buying your first house, you pore over every single detail like how the wall paint compliments the flooring or how the window frames are designed. That attention to detail shouldn’t fade once you settle into your new home, though. You still need to be observant.

Look out for the smallest concerns that could potentially turn into big concerns. Watch out for mold and moisture, in particular. These are potentially harmful to your home and your health. Get in touch with mold and mildew experts before the affected area gets bigger.

Check walls and windows for cracks.

While we’re on the topic of paying attention to small details, stay on the lookout for any cracks on your walls, windows, and doors. The cracks on your walls often start as hairline cracks near windows or doorways. These can easily be fixed by patching and re-painting.

You also have to look out for cracked windows. Even the smallest cracks could cause greater damage to the entire window or window frame. This isn’t to mention how it lets the outdoor air seep into your home. Have these cracks checked as soon as you notice them.

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Pay attention to your heating and cooling system.

You don’t want cold air to seep through hairline cracks on your walls and windows. And as observant as you are about that, you also have to be observant about your indoor air. It might be time to contact your local HVAC team if you think the heater’s warmth noticeably decreases within hours or if your AC system’s temperature can’t be controlled like you normally can.

There’s no harm in DIY fixes if you’re familiar with HVAC systems. But if this is your first time encountering HVAC issues, it’s best to contact a professional.

Make sure the plumbing system is working properly.

Plumbing problems aren’t limited to burst pipes and faulty faucets. Other common plumbing problems include partially clogged sinks, toilet leaks, and sewer problems. These might not be noticeable to the naked eye but keep an eye out for your water bills. It will likely reflect there.

If you’re a handyman and you’ve had experience fixing minor plumbing concerns, then do it before the issue worsens. But if it isn’t your forte, then contact a plumbing professional as soon as possible. They’ll keep you home comfortably dry in no time.

Don’t forget to check your roof.

Your roof plays a major role in how your house looks from the outside. Aesthetics aside, it’s your number one defense against rain, snow, hail, and strong winds. A good roof also prevents the harsh summer heat from getting absorbed by your house. But ironically, the roof is often forgotten by many homeowners.

Make a habit of visually inspecting your roof after harsh rain or heavy snowfall. There could be dents. There could be signs of rust. These can quickly be addressed before they damage the entire roof.

Also, don’t forget to remove dead leaves and branches that could clog the gutters.

These things help keep your house in top condition for a long time. And in addition to these things, never underestimate the importance of daily cleaning and organizing in maintaining the value of your home.


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