If you’re reading this, you might be the owner of a brand new home! Congrats. It’s a wonderful feeling to have a space where nothing is wearing out, and everything is operating smoothly. It’s all so clean. You hardly need to do a thing.
If you’re like a lot of us, you’re very conscientious about keeping that sink sparkling and taking care not to scuff that pristine wood floor. It’s natural to want to keep the house “new” for as long as possible, and staying on top of cleaning jobs using gentle products is a great way to help.
The same holds true for your home’s systems, structure, and appliances. Don’t let the Honeymoon period drag on so long that you neglect some regular maintenance tasks. While new homes do cost less to maintain than older homes, there are still a lot of details to consider in caring for one. It’s a mistake to think of your home as “maintenance-free” just because it’s new.
Set a Schedule Now!
Once you’re unpacked, it’s a great idea to plan out your routine maintenance for the coming year. Your appliances, heating and cooling system, and plumbing need attention several times a year, so build it into your calendar from the start.
Here are some tasks that you need to include, even when it’s your home’s first year.
Your home’s heating and cooling system needs some TLC to keep running efficiently. Get some furnace filters of the correct size and have them ready. These need to be changed at least every 3 months. This will make your home environment cleaner by reducing dust and allergens, and will make your unit more efficient.
To keep your faucets working efficiently, you should check and clean the aerators every 3 to 4 months. These are the little screens that rest at the end of the faucet, and can be reached by unscrewing the end where the water comes out. While you’re at it, check pipes for leaks. Catching those early can prevent some serious water damage over time. Noisy pipes can also indicate trouble, so stay alert.
Wear and tear begins on day one, so keep an eye on your appliances. Improper installation can result in water leaks or inefficient operation. Call the installer promptly if anything seems to be out of the ordinary or subpar. Now is also a good time to read over the manuals for your appliances to ensure that you use appropriate cleaning products and also are aware of all of the great features available in today’s “smart” appliances. For example, understanding the features of your thermostat can result in significant savings on energy costs.
Keeping your house new for as long as possible means practicing habits that minimize damage and wear. For example, using gentle cleansers more frequently on bathroom fixtures is much better for them than using harsh chemicals once a week. Wipe the shower clean after each use, and you’ll extend its useful life for years.
Maintenance Doesn’t Stop
As the weeks pass, it will be time to address some major maintenance considerations that are important no matter what your home’s age.
Along with those mentioned above, here are some don’t-miss maintenance tasks that should be on your horizon.
- Check the roof and gutters at least once a year for damage, leaks and clogged drainage. This lets you avoid some expensive repairs due to water damage.
- Check the vent pipe for your dryer a couple of times per year. Lint can build up and block this vent, sometimes causing a fire. This is one of the leading causes of home fires in the U.S., and completely avoidable.
- On a related note, make sure that you have enough smoke detectors for your space, and change the batteries twice a year to ensure proper operation.
- Weatherproof for energy savings. Consider adding weather stripping around doors and windows, check the caulk, and evaluate your attic insulation.
- You can also save significant energy just by vacuuming the coils on your refrigerator. As dust collects there, the unit has to work harder to cool, so keeping the coils clean is an easy way to improve efficiency.
- Get familiar with your water heater. Locate and check the pressure relief valve, and plan to flush and inspect the tank every year to extend its life and prevent breakdowns.
You can see that there are a lot of important details to consider when maintaining your new home, but you can handle a lot of them yourself, with minimal expense. The trick can be in being aware of what needs to be done and sticking to a schedule that keeps everything covered.
That’s our specialty at Glasshouse. Check in with our blog for more tips on home maintenance, and enjoy your home!