Congratulations! You just bought your dream home. Now you need to care for it properly. This doesn’t mean that you need to be a handyman and know how to reinstall drywall or change out your bathroom fixtures. You won’t need to do any of that since your home is brand new! Instead, properly maintaining your house is all about the little things.
1. Clean your dryer ducts
Lint can build up, even if you empty the lint filter after each load, and can quickly become a fire hazard. It is recommended that once a year you remove the hose from the dryer and vacuum any lingering lint out of it.
2. Change Filters At Least Every 6 Months
The air flowing through your ducts, whether it comes from your air conditioner or furnace, needs to be clean. Sending this air through dirty filters can make your a.c or furnace work harder, making them more susceptible to damage. On top of this, your electric and gas bills will go down as a result as well. Keep in mind that if you have inside pets, their hair builds up quickly. Don’t wait half a year to check.
3. Inspect Your House and Yard Annually
Check the window and door frames to make sure that they are sealed correctly, clean around your air conditioner to remove any leaves or debris stuck in it, and most importantly, clean your gutters. You’ll also want to check your roof for damage, particularly if a series of storms have rolled through.
4. Change Smoke Alarm and Carbon Dioxide Batteries
Do this yearly. Don’t forget to check the backup batteries in each as well. (This is also a great time to change the backup batteries in your alarm clocks as well.)
5. Check Your Garage door Sensors
Yes, you use it all of the time, but when was the last time you checked its obstruction sensors? They should be tested on a monthly basis, simply for safety reasons. You don’t want to find out that those sensors aren’t working at the worst possible time.
6. Have Your Fireplace and Chimney Cleaned
Chimneys are prone to build up, and if you don’t use your fireplace regularly, you may find small animals nesting there. A yearly check-up for loose bricks and obstructions, as well as a professional cleaning, will help keep your fireplace from becoming a fire hazard.