5 Tips New Homeowners Should Know


As a home inspector, I have seen countless new home buyers who are not familiar with the basics of maintaining a house. Here are the top five things that new home owners should know about maintaining their first house.

  1. Keep an eye on the exterior– Your home’s exterior is the first line of defense against the elements. Regularly inspect the roof, siding, and foundation for any signs of damage, and make repairs as needed. It’s also a good idea to keep trees and bushes trimmed away from the house to prevent damage from falling branches or roots.
  2. Understand Your Home’s Systems- Understanding your home’s electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems is important in order to avoid any accidents or costly repairs. Knowing how to shut off the main water and gas supply, where your electrical panel and the main shut-off breaker is located can save you time and money when emergencies arise.
  3. Pay Attention to Water- Water is one of the biggest threats to a home, so it’s essential to keep an eye out for any signs of water damage. Look for water stains on ceilings or walls, drips from faucets or toilets, and any musty odors. Addressing water issues quickly can prevent them from becoming major problems affecting your new home and health.
  4. Stay on Top of Home Repairs- No matter how well-maintained your home is, things will eventually break down. When they do, it’s important to address them quickly. Ignoring minor issues can lead to more significant and costly repairs down the line. Make sure to set aside a rainy day fund for home repairs and prioritize repairs in order of urgency.
  5. Plan for Regular Upkeep and Improvements- Your new home will require regular upkeep to keep it in good condition, and you will likely want to make improvements over time to fit your changing lifestyle. Create a plan for routine maintenance such as painting, gutter cleaning, and landscaping. Consider making improvements such as adding insulation, repairing any defects found during your home inspection, replacing old appliances, or updating the kitchen or bathroom.

In conclusion, maintaining a home is a big responsibility, but with the right knowledge and effort, you can keep your home in good condition and retain its value for years to come.

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