Before you start working on your guest list for the housewarming party, there’s some new important things to consider.
Owning a home is a large investment. It is also a big responsibility. It’s vital that as a homeowner, you identify vital maintenance tasks. Accomplishing these tasks prevents future problems.
Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors - Just like fire extinguishers, you should have a smoke detector on every floor of your home. Smoke rises so make sure to place the alarm somewhere higher, like a ceiling. Keep carbon monoxide detectors away from any windows.
Fire Extinguishers - It is recommended that you keep one extinguisher in your kitchen and one in your garage, as well. If you live in a two-story home, it is best to keep a fire extinguisher on both levels.
Mold – Molds have the potential to cause health issues. Molds reproduce by means of tiny spores. These spores are invisible to the naked eye and float through outdoor and indoor air. When this occurs, mold begins to grow when the spores land on a surface that is wet or moist.
By checking regularly for the following, damage to your home can be prevented:
- Moisture condensation on windows
- Cracking of plasterboard
- Drywall tape loosening
- Wood warping
- Musty odor
Termites or rodents can cause damage to your home without you even knowing they are around. Your attic is the perfect place for rodent infestation. If you suspect an infestation, look for evidence, such as shredded paper nests and gnawed wires. It is best to call an exterminator to help you figure out how they are getting in and how to remove them.
AC Service & Filter/Furnace
All the air in your home passes through your furnace filter. A new furnace tends to run at a high cost, so make sure you take care of it properly. To keep the air in your home clean, make sure to change your furnace filter regularly. Give a local HVAC technician a call and schedule a maintenance check-up for your HVAC unit. Catching any problems will save you an expensive replacement.
Did you know a clean dryer system lasts longer? Mold tends to build up in the ducts and by cleaning them regularly you will prevent this from happening. To clean the duct, pull the dryer away from the wall carefully, and remove the duct that connects your dryer to the wall. Next, vacuum out the back of the dryer. When reattaching, make sure that the duct does not detach from the wall or dryer.
If you own a fireplace, we recommend having your chimney professionally inspected for cleanliness, animals, and debris. Ideally, you should have your chimney inspected once a year.
We recommend cleaning your gutters twice a year, mid to late fall because of dead leaves, and early spring, when any debris has collected from the winter.
Create an Escape Plan
During an emergency, some exits may be blocked. All family members need to know how to exit from different locations. Make sure your kids are informed of all available exits in case of an emergency. Second floor windows can be escape routes, as well. Teach your family members how to open a window. Make sure to have a rope ladder nearby.
Accidents may happen so it is recommended you own a First-Aid Kit in your home. A basic first aid kit should include: gauze pads, antibiotic ointment, bandages and Band-Aids, health care gloves, cold compress, pain reliever, antiseptic wipe packets, and roller bandages.
Congratulations! As a homeowner, you’ve taken big steps. It’s a great start! Remember to be patient with your home and it will reward you. It's time to schedule a house warming party!