Being a new homeowner is an exciting part of life. You finally have a place you can call your own. However, this also means you have a lot of responsibility on your shoulders. You are responsible for maintaining your home. That includes making repairs, checking your appliances, and evaluating your home’s overall safety.
This can seem a bit overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are five tips to remember when maintaining your new home.
One of the first things you should do as a new homeowner is find your home’s circuit breaker and test it. A bad circuit breaker could lead to a number of safety issues, including circuit damage and overheating. In some cases, there could even be a chance of a fire, or worse, an explosion.
There are multiple ways you can check your circuit breaker. If you haven’t yet, you should invest in a voltmeter or ohm-meter to run a proper test. If you don’t feel comfortable running the test yourself, hire a professional to test the breaker. It’s recommended that you test your circuit breaker every three or four months.
You should also test your generator while you’re testing your circuit breaker. Generators are a huge help when the power goes out in your home, so it’s important to properly maintain them. If you don’t have a backup generator, consider investing in one for your home.
Your home’s HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system plays a crucial part in your home’s well-being. Your HVAC system regulates the environment to provide optimal comfort and air quality in your home.
There are a lot of working parts in an HVAC system. These parts include vents, ducts, the filter, a boiler, a furnace, and more. It’s important to check your HVAC system thoroughly when you move into a new home. Efficient HVAC systems require maintenance inspections twice a year, so it would be wise to have one of those inspections done when you move in. You want to ensure your HVAC system is in good shape, as replacing an HVAC system costs thousands of dollars. Once you have the inspection done, you can estimate how much longer it will last as-is, and if need be, start budgeting for an upgrade.
If your home is powered by natural gas, fuel oil, or propane, you must be diligent about regularly checking the fuel levels. Typically, you should order more fuel when the level of your tank reads about 25% full.
There could be some serious consequences if you let your heating fuel run low or, even worse, run out. Your pipes could freeze, your fuel tank could get damaged, and you could end up paying a lot of money for tank evaluation and expedited fuel delivery.
Forgetting to check your fuel levels could be a costly mistake. If you think you might have trouble remembering to check your fuel levels, set a reminder on your phone. Or, mark it on your calendar if you use one daily.
It can be easy to focus on maintaining the cosmetics of your new home. However, it’s important to check on the state of your home’s structure, too. Is the framework still sturdy? Is your foundation in good shape, or is it starting to show signs of cracking? Is the roof in good condition?
Make sure the important elements of your home’s structure are in good shape before investing in cosmetic upgrades. Let’s say you want to upgrade your kitchen, which is a common project new homeowners want to tackle. According to real estate and remodeling sources online, the cost of the average kitchen remodel is about $150 per square foot. If you start the upgrade before checking your home’s structure, you may waste a lot of money. There may be a beam that needs to be replaced in a kitchen wall before you do anything further. This can not only be an unexpected cost, but it can also undo all the work you’ve already put into the project.
Check that your home’s structure is intact before upgrading anything. Your home can look lovely, but if its framework isn’t in good shape, all your hard work could get ruined.
Replacing appliances can be a costly expense for new homeowners. That’s why it’s important for new homeowners to maintain their appliances properly.
If your new home came with appliances, evaluate their condition as soon as you can. Are they newer, or do they have a couple of years on them? What kind of maintenance do they need? Even seemingly small tasks can make all the difference when maintaining your appliances. Cleaning things like coils and filters can help keep your appliances running smoothly while keeping your own family healthier. After all, more than 40 million Americans suffer from dry eyes; when dust and other allergens are not properly dealt with, these pollutants can worsen preexisting conditions, including allergies. While furniture is not typically considered a home appliance, many home sellers offer old furniture to new homeowners when they don’t want to move large items. Reupholstering couches, laying lacquer on a table, and scrubbing an entertainment center can help your home features last for years to come. After all the average life expectancy for a couch is only eight years on average. Make sure your entire home is properly maintained, whether you’re a new homeowners
It’s important for new homeowners to be diligent about caring for their home. Even the smallest element can lead to a big problem. Between 75% and 80% of all malicious attacks come from within an organization, not from an external threat. The same can be said for home maintenance. The biggest threats to your home come from neglecting its internal needs. However, if you make checking your home’s structural needs a regular habit, you’ll truly have a home that stands the test of time.