So, your boxes are (somewhat) unpacked, you’ve already mowed the lawn and set up cable all in a weeks time.
Seems like everything is taken care of.
Part of owning a home is taking care of it each month.
Here are five things you can do in the first year of owing a home to help maintain it:
During that first week, turn all all of the major appliances and run them for a complete cycle: Dishwasher, washer, dryer, etc. This will help identify any minor leaks that you will want to put on your to-do list before they become MUST-do.
2. HVAC system
You are going to want to change the HVAC filter and vacuum the intake vents. You don’t know when the last time that has been done and it is good to start the cycle early so you can keep track of the cleaning.
3. Home inspection
If you had a home inspection, chances are there were some things that the inspector recommended doing. The first year is a good time to get those things done and out of the way. Or, at the very least, schedule a timeline to get them done. The longer you put off checking those items off your list, the longer your list becomes and major projects start to take over. Fix that small crack in the sidewalk before it becomes a crater.
4. Water heaters
Attach a garden hose to the hose bib of the water heater, extend the end of the hose out to the street. Do not adjust thermostat, do not turn off any valves. Turn on the hose bib and allow the water to run for about 30 seconds. If there are heavy sediments discharging, repeat this for another 30 seconds. Sediments in tank water heaters are the cause for premature water heater failure. This should be done at least once a year.
5. Smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
Check them. It is always good to check them and get multiple units installed.
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