The COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on the housing industry, and while there is a some signs of slowing down, potential buyers are still trying to take advantage of low interest rates. Home sales in 2021 have driven U.S. home sales records and Canadaand 2022 could be even busier. BBB reminds consumers who have purchased or are in the market for a new home to plan for care and maintenance.
“No matter how old your home is, it will require regular maintenance to keep it running like a well-oiled machine,” said Mechele Agbayani Mills, president and CEO of BBB serving East Central Texas. “It’s important to do your homework and choose suppliers wisely, as you’ll want to develop long-term relationships with the companies you choose.
BBB recommends the following tips to help you take care of your new home:
10 home maintenance tips for new homeowners
Perform regular home maintenance. the Department of Housing and Urban Development reminds homeowners that regular home maintenance reduces allergens, prevents illnesses and reduces injuries from accidents. Plus, it can help you identify needed repairs before they get too serious, saving you time and money in the long run. Many owners use seasonal checklists to help them stay on top of home maintenance all year round. Another aspect of housekeeping is cleaning your home. Consider hire a cleaning service if you need help.
Keep your lawn clean. Not only will a well-maintained lawn improve the curb appeal of your home, but it will also be a great place to spend time outdoors with your family. Lawn care also prevents harmful pests, such as snakes and mice, from settling too close to yours. Lawn care generally falls into three main categories: landscaping, lawn care, and sprinkler/irrigation systems. If you need help in one or more of these categories, consider hire a lawn care professional.
Inspect your roof. A leaky roof can cause a plethora of problems, so it’s wise to inspect your roof several times a year, and especially after bad weather. Make sure there are no missing shingles, leaks, or other types of damage. You can prevent damage by removing dead or low branches from your roof and removing debris. If at any time you find that repairs are necessary, roofers can help you repair or replace your roof.
Keep your air ducts clean. As a general rule, plan to have your home’s air ducts cleaned every three to five years. However, if you notice mold, vermin, or large amounts of dust clogging the air vents, you should have your air ducts cleaned by a qualified technician. HVAC technician as soon as possible. Clean air ducts will improve the efficiency of your heating and air conditioning system and extend its life. It can even reduce the cost of your energy bill!
Watch out for plumbing issues. Take a look at your plumbing and fixtures when you do regular home maintenance to make sure there are no leaks. Ask your friends and neighbors to recommend a reputable plumber in the area and keep their number handy, in case of an emergency.
Consider installing an alarm system. An alarm system can make you feel safer and protect your valuables when you’re away. Choose one home security system from a credible and licensed company in your area and compare prices before signing up.
Add a new coat of paint. A quality exterior paint helps protect your home from insects and weather damage. Quality interior paint can protect your home from moisture and increase its value. Both are important parts of regular home maintenance that should be assessed every few years. If painting isn’t your forte, consider hiring a professional painter who is equipped with the tools, skills and safety equipment necessary to do the job effectively.
Get professional renovation help. Unless you have a background in construction, large renovation projects are best left to professionals. Plan your project and your budget in advance. Then look for a construction or renovation contractor who specializes in the type of renovation you need.
Hire reliable contractors. No matter what kind of outside help you need, it’s essential to hire a reputable contractor. To follow BBB’s tips for hiring a contractor to make sure your project is in good hands.
Beware of home improvement scams. Home improvement scams abound, so watch out for red flags, such as high-pressure sales tactics, cash-only deals, and contractors not signing contracts. Always check references and ask for recommendations before agreeing to hire a contractor. To avoid being scammed, Federal Trade Commission recommends getting several quotes, asking questions, and getting a written contract before hiring.
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