A First-Time Homebuyer’s Guide to Home Maintenance

    Here is a short checklist of maintenance tasks that first-time homebuyers won’t want to forget after moving in.

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    In all the excitement of the big move, it can be easy for first-time homebuyers to overlook some of the regular maintenance tasks that they need to do. To help you avoid major hassles later on, today I’ll provide you with a short list of those tasks.

    1. Check your furnace and HVAC filters. A closed-up filter can cause your heating and cooling system to run a lot less efficiently, therefore costing you a lot more to fix or replace the unit. At the same time, a clogged filter can trap pollutants and allergens in the air, potentially causing health problems. Make sure you check these filters at least once a year.

    2. Check and touch up your exterior paint. Besides contributing to your home’s curb appeal, paint and stains prevent gutters from rusting and wood siding from rotting. Every summer, walk around your home and check for chipping, peeling, or cracking paint on every part of the exterior, including the trim.

     

    Besides contributing to your home’s curb appeal, paint and stains prevent gutters from rusting and wood siding from rotting.

     

    3. Have your fireplaces and chimneys inspected and cleaned. If your home has a wood-burning fireplace, there could be build-up in the fireplace and the chimney. This could create fire hazards and elevate the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Every fall before the fire-burning season, get a trained chimney sweep to ensure another season of safe wood burning.

    4. Clean your eavestroughs. Messy eavestroughs can cause water to back up, which can potentially enter into your home near the roof, the foundation, or maybe even the crawlspace. This is why it’s important to clean and flush out the gutters every year.

    5. Clean and maintain your garbage disposal. Waste particles can collect on the blades and in the drains, causing your sink to stink and/or clog. Twice a year, put some vinegar in an ice cube tray and freeze it; once frozen, toss those cubes into the disposal and turn it on. This will help clean and disinfect your disposal.

    Hopefully these tips are useful for you. If you have any questions about home maintenance, buying, or selling, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’d be glad to help.

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