Now that your new home is complete, there’s nothing to do but move in and enjoy the fruits of your labor, right? Well yes..but there is more. At settlement for your new home, you should receive a care manual with instructions on caring for your new home. Appliances, HVAC systems, pools, garage doors, and landscaping all come with upkeep and maintenance responsibilities.
Caring for your new home properly will save you time and money in the long-run. While your homebuilder’s manual will give you specifics on caring for your new home, this checklist can get you started:
Monthly Maintenance for Your New Home
Some tasks around your home should be done monthly to catch and prevent problems before they become serious. Each month, remember to:
- Inspect your HVAC filters, and change as needed. Often they don’t need to be changed each month, so after the first year or two you may be able to spread this task out.
- Clean range hood filters. Grease can build up and become a fire hazard, so clean it regularly.
- Clean the garbage disposal.
- Inspect the exterior of your home, including the roofline, gutters, and foundation.
- Check the water softener and add salt as-needed.
- Treat slow drains or other small problems as they arise.
Bi-Annual Maintenance Tasks for Your New Home
Caring for your new home often means checking the function of all the systems of your home. At least twice each year, you should perform several common tasks including:
- Clean the refrigerator coils to maintain efficiency
- Replace smoke detector batteries (at least once per year)
- Change furnace filters
- Schedule HVAC maintenance service
- Clean the dryer vents
- Test your garage door operation (including the auto-reverse feature) and service as needed
Spring and Summer Maintenance Tasks for Your New Home
Many tasks only need to be done during certain seasons. When warmer weather arrives, check the siding and exterior doors; and refresh paint & stains as needed. Gaps in windows should be sealed. Gutters should also be cleaned.
Spring and summer are times to care for your landscaping and gardening. Proper landscaping enhances your home, protects your investment, and ensures good drainage to prevent damage. Keep flower beds watered and properly mulched, in addition to proper lawn care. Consult a tree specialist to determine if any trees need to be trimmed to improve tree health and avoid interfering with power, utility lines and your foundation.
Fall and Winter Maintenance Tasks for Your New Home
In the fall and winter, thoughts turn towards indoor maintenance. Before starting your fireplace, have your chimney cleaned and inspected to reduce the risk of fire. You should also:
- Turn off outdoor water faucets
- Clean the gutters and lawn from leaves and debris
- Winterize the HVAC system and pool if you have one
- Perform an annual alarm system test.
- Safely remove snow and ice from your property
Experts estimate that a poorly maintained home can lose up to 10% of its value. After investing a great deal of time and money into building your home, you will want to protect that investment! Consult your care manual for specific instructions to learn about caring for your new home.