Featured Home Repair Article
New Homes Need Maintenance Too
Your new home may not need repair for some time but as soon as you start living in it, you should start thinking about maintenance. Start by getting organized and taking note of models, serial numbers, and sizes of replacement parts, such as filters that you will need. If your new home came with new appliances, you should have owners' manuals and warranty information. This information will be invaluable when you need it so start out right and organize everything into a binder, folder, or file. Then, when you need it, it will be right at your fingertips and you won't have to waste time standing on your head looking for model numbers.
You can find suggestions for a full schedule of home maintenance online. Although there are plenty of tasks you can do as you have the time or money, there are certain tasks that need to be done seasonally. You can easily print out checklists and then schedule tasks on your calendar. Get the whole family involved. We tend to think of household chores in terms of doing the dishes or vacuuming but if you take home maintenance seriously, then you should schedule it all throughout the year so that your home is always in good shape and tasks don't get overwhelming.
You shouldn't have an expensive repairs in the first few years as long as you maintenance your home well but it would be a good idea to start a home repair and maintenance fund right from the beginning. If you put a little away each month, you won't miss the money and you can start building up a fund that will take care of all of your home maintenance needs, even emergency ones.
If this is the first home you have owned it may take some time for you to build up your supplies and tools so it would be a good idea to budget for them from the beginning. You will need a good amount of supplies and tools just to take care of the yard and a basic supply kit will take care of most of your maintenance needs inside the home.
Don't wait until you're in an emergency situation before you look for service personnel to service the systems in your home and make any needed repairs. Take your time and look for well qualified individuals and get recommendations from others who have used the same people. Avoid hiring someone going door to door offering their services because often, they are not licensed or bonded and may be drifting from town to town. Hire only reputable companies or individuals that you can easily verify credentials for. Planning the maintenance for your new home before you actually need any will save you money, time, and an awful lot of headaches.