You finally have the house—now how do you deal with the upkeep?
Your home is finally built. The homebuilders are long gone, the paint has dried, and you feel calm. Or maybe you bought a previously owned home. Regardless, you’re officially a first time home owner. However, although a new house will last for many years to come, you’ll want to make sure you have a maintenance plan in place to prevent damage from the element (especially if your home is older). What do you need to take into account?
Maintain Your HVAC Filters
What is an HVAC? The acronym stands for heating, ventilation, and air condition. It refers to the technology involved in heating and cooling your home. Although you might not necessarily need to change the filters monthly, try to at least check on them. If you don’t have pets or allergies, changing the filters out every other month or so will be enough to keep your air free of irritants.
Take Fire Precautions
Nobody wants to even think about their house catching fire. However, checking up on your fire extinguishers and contingency plans every so often can save lives. The National Fire Protection Association recommends checking fire extinguishers monthly. If you have small children, run fire drills once every few months. That way they’ll know exactly where to go and what route to take in the event of an emergency.
Make sure that you have fold up ladders in any rooms with windows and check extinguishers to ensure they have the right amount of pressure as indicated by the extinguisher’s pressure gauge.
Fix Leaky Faucets, Toilets, Showers, and Bathtubs
If it involves running water, check on it. The costs associated with these types of leaks can quickly add up. A small leak in your shower head or faucet will cost $20 or so, while cracks in pipes can cost from $100 to $600. A leaky toilet could hit you for anywhere from $75 to $150 in a month. You should be able to fix small leaks yourself, but larger leaks might require the services of a professional. All the better reason to check on these areas monthly to prevent a larger leak!
Check Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Your detectors are easy to test. They usually have a “test” button. Just press it and make sure an alarm sounds. If it doesn’t, you might need to replace the batteries or buy a new one.
Adjust Clogged Gutters
Bad weather conditions can cause damage to the gutters, so take time every few weeks to check up on them. They should be properly attached and free of leafy clutter. Any runoff should flow away from your home, since water flowing towards your house can harm the foundation.
Check Doors and Windows for Gaps
As a home ages, gaps can form in windows or under the door due to the strengths of the elements. This is really only a problem in fairly old homes, but if the gap between the front door and the ground is too high, small animals and debris can get into your clean home. These areas will most likely start out sealed, but weather and time can wear them over time. The same applies to gaps in your windows. To remedy this, add caulk and replace weather stripping as needed.
Have any home maintenance questions?
Finding a home builder can be a daunting task, but it’s important to be confident in your decision. At Charlie Nathan Builders, we want to partner with you to build a home that exudes elegance, quality of design, and craftsmanship. We also offer home maintenance services. We have nearly 30 years of experience in home remodeling and custom home design in Seattle. Contact us via our online form or call us at 206-546-4949 today to discuss your needs and learn more about our services.