First Home: Tips on General Home Maintenance

First Home: Tips on General Home Maintenance

The largest problem new homeowners have with their home maintenance system is consistency. They aren’t used to the wide variety of responsibilities that come along with owning a home. They don’t realize that neglected chores might cost them a bundle if left unchecked.

Don’t worry. If you’re a new homeowner, just follow the sections outlined below. When you’re ready to save yourself time and money, read on.

Home Maintenance 101

Don’t confuse “maintenance” with “job.” Maintenance. A job is a one-and-done deal. Maintenance, on the other hand, is repetitive work done to your property.

If you resurface your pool, that’s a job. If you must check your pool chlorine levels, that’s maintenance. The best home maintenance tips revolve around an up-to-date calendar and task list.

It’s rare to come across maintenance-free homes. They do exist; but if you’re a new owner, plan for an overwhelming amount of work. Over-preparation won’t hurt you, whereas under-preparation just might.

Yard Maintenance

No matter where you live, yard maintenance is a year-round chore. It tends to involve more work in the summer than the winter, but every season involves something.

In the spring and summer, you must plant, mow, and trim. In the fall, you have leaves and other plant detritus. In the winter, you have snow and ice.

Here’s a quick home maintenance plan checklist:

  • Leaves
  • Trees
  • Lawns
  • Hedges
  • Snow
  • Planting
  • Sprinkler system
  • Snow

Be sure to double-check this list each season. For instance, sprinkler systems should be checked in the spring to ensure proper function. They should also be blown out in the fall to eliminate water that might freeze in the pipes during the coldest part of the year.

House Exterior

While you build your home maintenance schedule, don’t forget to include your house. It also requires year-round maintenance, both inside and outside. Start with the exterior.

  • Gutters
  • Paint
  • Dirt and grime
  • Deck or Patio
  • Pool

Successful homeowners check their gutters at least twice a year. Check during fall and again when spring rolls around. That’s usually the best time to spray off your windows and siding. Home exterior maintenance typically requires a sturdy ladder. Collapsible ladders are perfect for those with limited storage space. They are a worthwhile investment and will pay for themselves over time.

Your deck and patio should be a weekly chore during the spring, summer, and fall. Your pool needs constant attention. Pool experts recommend you check the chlorine levels between 1-3 times each week to ensure your pH levels remain within 7.2 – 7.8.

House Interior

The last things to add to your home maintenance checklist are indoor tasks. Most of these tasks, such as scrubbing the toilet and mopping the floors should be done weekly. If you aren’t big on chores, then hire a recurring house cleaning service and lawn maintenance service.

  • HVAC system
  • Garage door
  • Plumbing
  • Sump pump
  • Chimney
  • Wood rot
  • Emergency systems

From 2-4 times a year, also check for wood rot. At least twice a year check your smoke alarms, emergency lights, and other emergency systems. You should also hire a professional for a yearly HVAC system maintenance checkup.

What’s Next?

Home maintenance is a simple process. The key to success is to create a calendar that includes each of the chores listed above. Then complete those chores in a timely and consistent manner.

If you’d like more tips for new homeowners, zip over to our vast library of articles on all things home related. So long and good luck!

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