Home Maintenance Tips for New Homeowners
To help ensure that you and your family live comfortably in your new home, you should establish a routine home maintenance program.
- Late summer or early fall are ideal times to have your heating and air conditioning systems serviced, but be sure to change or wash air filters every three months.
- If you have a gas furnace, keep the pilot lights burning during the summer to keep your furnace dry and to prevent corrosion.
- Every member of your family should know where your home’s water shut-off valves are located. It is a good idea to label them.
- Inspect all drains and drain traps to prevent clogging, and periodically check your faucets and water heater for any leaks.
- Save the manuals that come with your appliances and keep them in a handy place. Review the manuals to learn more about manufacturer recommended cleaning and maintenance schedules.
- Clear leaves and debris from gutters and down spouts to keep them open and flowing freely.
To remind yourself when to complete these routine home maintenance tasks, consider using a printed or online calendar.