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Your first year as a homeowner: A maintenance survival guide

FALLBROOK – New home, new adventures! Homeownership is an exciting journey, part of it is giving proper TLC to keep it in great condition, ensuring safety, comfort, and financial well-being. Below is a list of home maintenance tasks new homeowners must do in the next 365 days:

First couple of weeks:

• Change locks: Rekey or change locks on exterior doors for security.

• Deep clean: Give your new home a thorough cleaning before moving in furniture and belongings.

• Check safety devices: Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms; replace batteries if needed.

• Locate main water shut-off: Know how to turn off the water supply in case of emergencies.

First month:

• HVAC system inspection: Schedule an HVAC professional to inspect and tune-up your heating and cooling system.

• Plumbing check: Inspect pipes and faucets for leaks; address any issues promptly.

• Landscaping: Start lawn care and establish a maintenance routine if you have a yard. Consider drought-resistant landscaping and irrigation system maintenance to conserve water effectively.

• Pest inspection: Consider a professional pest inspection and treatment, especially if the home was vacant.

First six months:

• Gutters and downspouts: Clean gutters and downspouts to prevent clogs and water damage.

• Inspect roof: Check for loose or damaged shingles; inspect the attic for leaks.

• Window seals: Inspect and repair any damaged or leaking window seals.

• Appliance maintenance: Clean or service appliances as needed, including the refrigerator coils and dryer vents.

First year:

• Tree pruning: Trim branches that are too close to the house to prevent potential damage.

• Exterior maintenance: Repaint or touch up exterior surfaces as necessary to protect against weather damage.

• Water heater flush: Drain and flush the water heater to remove sediment buildup.

• Foundation inspection: Check the foundation for cracks or settling; address issues promptly.

• Attic insulation: Assess insulation and consider adding more for energy efficiency.

Ongoing:

• Monthly maintenance: Continue monthly tasks such as HVAC filter changes and testing safety devices.

• Seasonal tasks: Adjust your maintenance routine for each season, including lawn care and HVAC maintenance.

• Home insurance review: Periodically review your homeowner’s insurance policy to ensure it provides adequate coverage.

• Emergency kit: Keep an emergency kit with essentials like flashlights, batteries, first aid supplies, and non-perishable food.

Regular upkeep is not only the responsible thing to do but a cost-effective way to enjoy your home. Surprise repairs can really hit you hard in the future if the minor things are ignored, unless you availed a home warranty. Keeping a maintenance schedule can help you stay on top of these tasks and enjoy your new home for years to come.

Overwhelmed with the list above? Get a pro to help you! We can refer you to our trusted partners in home maintenance. Feel free to email us.

This article first appeared on Broadpoint Properties' website, https://servingsandiegocounty.com.

Submitted by Elisabeth Hartig Lentulo, broker associate, who can be reached at 760-532-1057, [email protected] or http://www.ehlentulo.com. CalBRE #01904564

 

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