8 Things Every Homeowner Should Do Within the First Year of Owning Their Home
If you are a new homeowner or have just sold and purchased a home, you will want to maintain your home to ensure that it lasts for a lifetime. To do so, start by taking care of these eight tasks within the first year of owning your home.
Change the furnace filter and air ducts.
Changing the furnace filters will give your space a better airflow. When furnace filters aren't changed regularly, it impacts the airflow and quality and makes the furnace work overtime which can cause it to wear out faster.
Just like the furnace filter, a clean air duct will give your home better airflow and better air quality. Air ducts do get dirty over time and accumulate dust and dirt particles.
Clean the dryer exhaust
A clogged dryer exhaust can cause two problems. One is the dryer's performance and efficiency, which can generate a higher electricity bill and cause the dryer to wear out faster. The second is that lint and heat from a clogged dryer exhaust can cause a fire in your home.
Check the insulation
A home inspection is usually conducted before the sale to inform the buyer of any problems. One of the necessary places to look at is the attic, especially the insulation. Attic insulation is beneficial for keeping the cool air inside during the summer and heat inside during the winter. If the insulation is inadequate, your heating and cooling costs may rise.
Another thing to look for in the attic is mould and mildew. If your insulation shows signs of this, you will need to have it replaced, and more ventilation may be required.
Attic ventilation is essential for proper air temperature regulations and airflow. Read more about its importance on our blog “2 Things You Must Have for Your Attic”.
Check the plumbing
Check the plumbing throughout your home for leaks because it can be costly, and even the slightest leaks can impact your bills. Also, take the time to check your toilets to make sure they're not constantly running. You can later upgrade to a high-efficiency toilet, which is a low-flow, saving water consumption.
Check the smoke alarms and CO2 detectors.
Both smoke alarms and CO2 detectors will keep you alive if your home has a carbon monoxide leak or a fire arises. Checking or replacing the batteries in your alarms takes less than 5 minutes. You should always test them regularly because they can help save your life.
Changing the locks
Changing your locks after you get the keys to your new home may seem unnecessary, but it's to make your home secure and safe for you and your family. You don't know who has access to the home prior, so it's another precaution you can take. With new technology, you can buy smart locks that allow you to connect remotely, giving access to other family members or connect it to your security alarm.
Cleaning the eavestrough and downpipes
The eavestrough and downpipes are neglected areas on the home's exterior. Inspect the eavestrough to ensure it is free of clogs that could cause damage to the residence in the future.
Eavestrough maintenance twice a year is essential for your home. See our blog "Eavestrough Maintenance is Important for Your Home" for more information on why and how eavestroughs need to be maintained.
After taking care of the above areas, you should make a maintenance checklist to complete every year. Compile your list based on the above areas and other items that need regular care and attention (such as washing your windows). Keep your home's maintenance up to date because if a problem is left unattended, it could cost you more money and time.