The transition from renting to buying your first home is an exciting moment for most people. Of course, with excitement comes a great deal of responsibility, especially when dealing with the maintenance aspect of having a new home. Here are some tips that will help you save money down the road and keep your house in great condition.
Inspect Windows and Doors
It’s a good idea to check the seals around all your doors and windows so that you can prevent outside air from seeping in. Checking the seals now can result in major savings on your future heating and cooling bills.
Check Safety Devices
To maintain a fire safe household, you should examine all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in your house. Smoke detector batteries should be replaced every two years, make sure you can locate at least one fire extinguisher in your house as well.
Examine Faucets, Toilets and Pipes
Plumbing can be a very costly service for your home, so try to prevent leaks and clogs now instead of later. In the kitchen, check for both leaky sink faucets and leaks in the pipework under your sink. Check for leaky sink faucets in bathrooms as well. Also, check the toilet in each bathroom and make sure the tank is operating properly—make sure there are no running or clogged toilets.
For inspecting other pipe work, it’s a good idea to get a mapped out copy of all the pipes in your home from your builder—that way you can make sure all the pipes in your home are operating properly.
Review Previous AC Maintenance Reports
When you live in Florida, a well-maintained air conditioning system is an absolute necessity. Therefore, having AC service maintenance reports prior to moving into a new home saves both money and trouble. These reports will give information about past problems your air conditioner has faced and will allow you to face the choice of diagnosing the current issues of the AC unit, or simply going about installing a new unit.
Inspect Air Filters
Clean air quality is essential in a household. It’s important to check the air filters of your new home, because the condition of the air filters has a large affect on how your AC unit runs. Also, new air filters help keep out the allergens—after all, you don’t want to have an allergy attack the first week you move in, right?