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Resources

Here is a short list of resources that can assist you in your day-to-day life as a new home owner! If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us!

Home Care Guide

Home maintenance includes regular, seasonal, and one-time tasks. The following suggested maintenance schedule identifies some of the more common maintenance tasks that may be performed on a weekly, monthly, or on semi-annual basis. Tailor it to fit your own situation, adding or deleting items as required.

 

As a homeowner, you have normal maintenance responsibilities for your new home. Establishing a maintenance schedule is the best way to manage your maintenance budget.

 

These suggested maintenance tasks and schedules should not replace the manufacturer’s recommendations. We suggest the use of licensed contractors for any tasks you may feel unprepared to complete. Remember, safety first! What seems like a simple plumbing or electrical repair can cost you many times what you think you might save if you don’t do it correctly.

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  • Smoke Detectors – Check operation by pushing test button. Check and replace battery if necessary.

  • Check fire extinguishers for proper charge. Never buy units without a pressure gauge. Be sure that you have an adequate number, located in the kitchen, garage and basement. Test Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCI) to insure proper protection.

  • Clean garbage disposal blades by grinding ice cubes and citrus fruit rinds.

  • Clean or replace dirty filter in range hood.

  • Check for evidence of leaks around toilets, under sinks and around dishwasher.

  • Inspect roof for broken or missing shingles, identifying anything that might cause leaks or problems. Inspect and clean gutters and down spouts.

  • Inspect outside of home and condition of siding, paint and masonry.

  • Inspect doors and windows to verify proper operation, security and weather resistance. Clean tracks of windows and sliding glass doors before applying silicone lubricant.

  • Monitor and maintain cabinets and countertops.

  • Inspect the foundation, basement or crawl space.

  •  Examine caulking around windows, doors, and other areas.

  •  Inspect condition of concrete slabs and patios.

  •  Visually survey wood trim. Clean all woodwork and wax.

  •  Complete annual furnace and air conditioning maintenance by a licensed HVAC contractor.

  • Examine all concrete sidewalks, patios, porches, stoops, and garage slabs for cracks, chipping, stains, scaling, or settlement. Consult with your local hardware store for products that can fill and repair cracks or chipping, or remove scaling residue. (Automotive brake cleaning fluid works well to remove most concrete stains). Seal and caulk any large gaps created by minor settlements.

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