Purchasing your first home can be an exciting time in your life, it can also be overwhelming getting used to a mortgage payment along with all the other bills it takes to keep a house running. Not to mention all the maintenance that comes with owning a home, but don't panic! Here is an easy guide of what to check when owning your first home.
Check your Furnace and HVAC Filters: Who knows what kind of dirt and germs the previous owners left behind, this should be one of the first things you check on when moving into your new home, if the filters are clogged it stops the system from running smoothly, and in the end can cost you more money. This should be done every year around the same time.
Recaulk Your Windows: If you're finding your new home a bit drafty in the cooler months, consider recaulking your windows, 80 percent of winter heat loss happens because of cracks in caulking, sealing these cracks will go a long way to keeping your home warm, and keeping your pockets a little more full. Be sure to check about once a year to make sure all the seals are holding, and touch up anything that you think may be a way for heat to escape.
Check your Crawl Space for Water: Mold is one of the worst things to find in your home, often by the time you realize it's there, it has become a bigger problem and can be hard to remove and pricey. You should be checking your crawl space every fall before the rain starts, pay close attention to corners and edges and any changes in color. If you do find evidence of mold call a home inspector right away to find the source.
Check Wooden Decks for Moisture: Wooden decks are usually sealed and stained to prevent rot and water damage. Not sure how to check? take a glass of water and spill it onto the wood, if small water beads form on top of the wood, that means the sealant is working, if that doesn't happen then you should consider resealing your deck. Do this every summer to make sure you get the most out of your deck.
Have Wood-burning Fireplaces and Chimneys Inspected and Cleaned: This is something you're definitely going to want to call a pro for. By-products from burning wood can build up in your chimney; this creates a fire hazard and risks carbon monoxide poisoning. This should be done every year in the fall before it gets cold enough to start burning the fire.
Clean your Gutters and Roof Valleys: This is good to do twice a year especially if you live in a more rural area; Cleaning out the gutters of your house will help keep rainwater from seeping in through the roof or crawl spaces. Get yourself a sturdy ladder and some work gloves, and start digging! After you think you've gotten everything, take the garden hose and flush out anything you may have missed. This is also good to do to make sure there aren't any hidden clogs.