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Home Maintenance for New Homeowners

shutterstock_300819905After the excitement of buying a home, many new homeowners may simply overlook the basic routine tasks that come with ownership. However, simple home maintenance tasks are essential to ensuring that your property is in great shape all year. Here are a few important maintenance tips to follow:

Clean gutters

Gutters are very easy to miss, but keeping them unclogged and free of debris is essential to keeping your home dry. A quick trip up on a ladder is all it takes to inspect your gutters. If they’re clogged, you’ll want to remove the debris and flush the gutters out using the garden hose.

Heating and cooling system tune ups

Before you turn on your heat for the winter or your air conditioning for the summer, it’s important to do a quick tune up. Change out the air filter, check and clean the return vents, and do a visual inspection of the connections. If you have central AC, inspect the compressor and ensure that it’s operating properly. If you discover any issues, contact a reputable technician to do a thorough inspection and make any necessary repairs.

Bathroom caulk

The caulk that surrounds your sink, toilet, and tub is essential to preventing water from leaking and seeping into the wall and floors. Unfortunately, it does break down over time, and you’ll need to redo it from time to time. It’s a good idea to check on it every six months to a year. It the caulk is yellowing or starting to peel away, it’s time to remove it and then reseal.

There’s a lot to be on the lookout for around the house when you become a homeowner. These are just a few of the basic maintenance issues to keep on your list. Taking care of potential problems will help keep your house in good shape, and will save you money in the long run.

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