Easy Home Maintenance for First Time Home Buyers

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Real Estate Agent with Ronald Christopher & Associates. Proudly serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, Rancho Mirage, & Palm Springs. DRE# 01714898

The first time you move into your own home gets you a little bit giddy, and it should! This is an entire house that you just purchased. It can be a very exhilarating feeling but it can also be a little bit scary as well. You now are responsible for this entire house; every little thing that goes wrong, breaks or needs repairing is your responsibility. However, there are some things that you can do to make moving into your home a little bit easier when it comes to first-time home maintenance.

Easy home maintenance for first time home buyersI assume that you've had a home inspection completed before closing on your home. If you haven't, this is something you definitely should do within the first month or two of homeownership. This is one of the biggest purchases you'll ever make and it only makes sense to know as much as you can about the inner workings of the property. A home inspector will issue a report stating the condition of just about every detail of the home from electrical and plumbing to structural integrity, appliances, roof and foundation. Use this report as your guide to understanding the different components of your house.

One of the first things to do when you've moved into your home and you are inspecting the property is to check for any moisture, mildew, leaks or mold. This would typically happen underneath thinks, in wood decks and in basements. If there are any major leaks you might notice a distinct mildew or moldy smell right away. This is definitely not something to take lightly. Mold, mildew and water leaks can turn into black mold and be extremely toxic. It's best to handle these issues right away to prevent any health concerns for you or your family.

Locate the main electrical panel for your home. Understand all of the switches, what they all connect with, and how they operate the different areas of your home. Usually each switch will be for a specific area of your home, meaning one switch will control all of the light switches and electrical outlets on one wall or in one corner of the house. This is important when setting up computers and routers that may need to be running continuously.Easy home maintenance for first time home buyers

Invest in tools that you'll need for just about any basic job around the house. If this is your first time owning a home you'll want to get a small toolbox that can help tackle basic maintenance and repairs around your house. This toolbox should have a hammer, screwdriver with several bits, a wrench, glue, duct tape, electrical tape, nails, screws, hooks, utility scissors, pliers and may be a brush of some sort. These basic items should be able to repair small maintenance issues and of course, you can build on this toolset when different occasions arise that need a specific tool.

Take care of your home's exterior. Water, dirt and other external elements can seep in through siding if leaves, trees and shrubs are close to the house. Make sure there is at least a 6 inch gap between organic substances and the siding of your house. You may also want to pressure wash the driveway, foundation, roof and siding at least once every couple of years to take off any mosques or dirt that can cause other problems if left unattended.

Moving into your very first house is exciting and being prepared for small maintenance jobs and taking care of your home before major problems arise will make it last that much longer.

For more information on Palm Desert homes, Palm Springs real estate or caring for your very first home please contact my office today.

 

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Rainer
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Scott W. Johnson
Marindependent Insurance Services LLC - Mill Valley, CA
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INvest in tools....

Feb 26, 2016 12:24 AM #1
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Les & Sarah Oswald
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Great blog. I would like to add that one should know where the water and gas shut off is at. Also, invest in purchasing a water pressure gage. Water pressure left alone can cause thousands of damage.

Feb 26, 2016 02:14 AM #2
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Wayne Golliday
Mobile Home Sales of Florida LLC - Jacksonville, FL

Tina those are all great ideas and reminders we all need from time to time.   

Feb 26, 2016 02:26 AM #3
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
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Tina, great advice.  Only one thing I would ad is to make absolutely sure you know where the main water cut-off valve is and how to use it!  I had a pipe burst in my basement a while back, and it's a good thing I was able to shut the valve fast!  Some thing with the toilet cut offs.  

Feb 26, 2016 05:30 AM #4
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Tina D Saporito, Your Dedicated Palm Desert, CA Realtor Since 2005
Ronald Christopher & Associates. Proudly serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, Rancho Mirage, & Palm Springs. - Palm Desert, CA
Call (760)799-8460. www.JustListedinPalmDesert.com

Scott W. Johnson, you're so right. Even the most basic tools will do! 

Les & Sarah Oswald have a very good point! Thanks for adding to the list.

Wayne Golliday - thanks for stopping by.

Patricia Kennedy - I agree, very important to know. Thanks for the comment.

 

Feb 26, 2016 07:01 AM #5
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Karen Fiddler, Broker/Owner
Karen Parsons-Fiddler, Broker 949-510-2395 - Mission Viejo, CA
Orange County & Lake Arrowhead, CA (949)510-2395

There are so many aspects to learning about a home, this is a great list of ideas. 

Feb 26, 2016 10:30 AM #6
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Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty 914-419-0270 (NY), kat@thehousekat.com, (MT) 406-270-3667, more information to be provided shortly - Kalispell, MT
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These are great tips for any homeowners.

I think the best time for an inspection is in pouring rain! Then those water issues should be evident.

Feb 26, 2016 07:55 PM #7
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Sham Reddy CRS
H E R Realty, Dayton, OH - Dayton, OH
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You can also attend some of the training classes hardware stores like Lowe's, Home Depot and Menards offer on Saturday with little or no fee

Feb 26, 2016 08:40 PM #8
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Hi Tina... one of the things I provide my first-time buyers at closing is a list of names that includes:

  1. Contractors/handymen who can help if they aren't do-it-yourselfers
  2. Names of companies to provide annual servicing of major mechanicals

I tell my clients that if there's something they are not or cannot do themselves, they should set up a service contract to ensure it gets done.

Feb 26, 2016 09:46 PM #9
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Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
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Tina would make a good welcome wagon hostess. She brings good cheer

Feb 26, 2016 10:19 PM #10
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Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector
SLS Home Inspections-Bradley Bourbonnais Kankakee Manteno - Bourbonnais, IL
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All good tips. Plus, be sure and find an inspector that offers Moldsafe warranty, 90 day warranty, and SEWERGARD warranty with the inspection. Just like I do. It gives the buyers real peace of mind. Recallcheck blog

Feb 27, 2016 10:39 PM #11
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Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
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This is a great article for first timers as well as buyers who have purchased multiple properties. I especially enjoyed (and chuckled a little) the part about having all kinds of glue and tape in the toolbox. It's true, but still struck me as a little funny!

Feb 28, 2016 02:58 AM #12
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Tina D Saporito, Your Dedicated Palm Desert, CA Realtor Since 2005
Ronald Christopher & Associates. Proudly serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, Rancho Mirage, & Palm Springs. - Palm Desert, CA
Call (760)799-8460. www.JustListedinPalmDesert.com

 

Kat Palmiotti  - The only problem here is that is very seldom rains! 

Scott Seaton Jr. Bourbonnais Kankakee IL Home Inspector -  thanks for the additional pointers! 

Pat Starnes - thanks for stopping by. Have a great rest of the weekend.

Richie Alan Naggar - Thank you!

 

 

Feb 28, 2016 04:41 AM #13
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Tina D Saporito, Your Dedicated Palm Desert, CA Realtor Since 2005
Ronald Christopher & Associates. Proudly serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, Rancho Mirage, & Palm Springs. - Palm Desert, CA
Call (760)799-8460. www.JustListedinPalmDesert.com

Sham Reddy - Great idea!

Nina Hollander - I like to do this as well. 

Feb 28, 2016 04:42 AM #14
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Rob Ernst
Certified Structure Inspector - Reno, NV
Reno, NV-775-410-4286 Inspector & Energy Auditor

A good rule to follow is spend at least 1% of the purchase price each year in maintenance. So if you do nothing for the first couple years then you need to make it up with 3% that next year. 

Feb 28, 2016 11:56 AM #15
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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Tina Droessler, Your Dedicated Palm Desert, CA Realtor Since 2005 "Moving into your very first house is exciting and being prepared for small maintenance jobs and taking care of your home before major problems arise will make it last that much longer."  Very well written and helpful for First Time Home Buyers.  Re-Blog!

Feb 28, 2016 11:24 PM #16
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Ron Saporito, Palm Desert, CA Real Estate & Mortgage Broker Since 2003
Ronald Christopher & Associates. Proudly serving Palm Desert, La Quinta, Indio, Coachella, Rancho Mirage, Palm Springs. - Indio, CA
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Great list of home maintenance tips Tina. I like Rob's (#15) rule of thumb. I'm going to re-blog so I can share these with others! 

Feb 29, 2016 01:36 AM #17
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Michael Kaim
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty - Mentor, OH
Real Estate team serving the Cleveland Area

Great post Tina Droessler, Your Dedicated Palm Desert, CA Realtor Since 2005 

Mar 01, 2016 09:58 AM #18
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Sussie Sutton
UTR Texas Realtors - Pearland, TX
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What a great post to your blog! I don't know why I never thought of writing it myself. This read brings on a post I would like to add to my blog. Have a great day!

Mar 04, 2016 11:47 PM #19
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