For many, buying a home for the first time can be somewhat overwhelming. There is routine maintenance that the home will need on a regular basis that new homeowners will need to get used to doing.
The first thing you will need to do is make a list of things in and outside the home that need regular maintenance. It is wise to write them on a calendar that you look at regularly so you wont forget, or you can set up an online calendar that will send you alerts when it's time for the maintenance. (Put a link to Google Calendars or something like that.)
Routine maintenance tips:
- Check around your windows and doors for air leaks. Apply weather stripping or sealant where needed.
- Test all smoke alarms and replace any dead or low batteries.
- Have your heating and air unit checked annually by a professional to extend the units life.
- Have your chimney inspected and cleaned every two years.
- Check your sidewalks, foundation and driveway for cracks. Seal any and all cracks immediately.
- Remove leaves and other debris from gutters and down spouts.
- Keep grass cut, bushes trimmed and landscaping beautiful. This will not only make your yard look great, it will also keep your neighbors happy.
- Check around the home monthly or when it rains, to make sure water is flowing away from the home, not toward it.
- Touch up paint inside and out when needed.
- Change air filter monthly.
- Check for any roof leaks or missing shingles.
- Replace any bad siding or trim as soon as possible.
Doing routine maintenance and inspections of your home will not only protect its condition, but it will help raise or maintain the home's value.
If you want to buy a home now or in the near future, be sure to choose a professional real estate agent to help you through the process.