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Many of us pursue the dream of owning a home to the point of obsession. It’s hard to believe, but the process will take time and patience.
That said, here’s a list of five essential home maintenance tips for first-time homeowners. Let’s get started!
- Don’t skimp on your home’s maintenance
When putting a brand new roof on your house, it might seem like a great idea to cut corners and skip replacing your roof’s shingles. After all, you only have to pay for the roofing materials once, right?
Wrong! The cost of buying materials to replace the shingles alone could be the same as the entire new roof (not to mention what it would take to repair and replace other parts of your house after one damaged shingle falls off).
You mustn’t compromise quality in home maintenance because it will save you money in the long run.
- Don’t underestimate the power of insulation
You don’t necessarily have to prepare your house for winter to reap insulation benefits. Newer homes have adequate insulation, but older houses need a little help (which costs less than you think!).
Insulation is an easy way to save monthly on your heating and cooling bills, so check around the attic and crawlspace for leaks when you’re doing a home inspection. Avoid cold drafts by sealing off any cracks or gaps in your ceiling and walls.
- Don’t neglect your sprinkler system
It’s easy to forget about your sprinklers once you turn them on for the season and don’t think about them until you get the water bill. However, just a little care can help prevent leaks or clogs that will cause issues later on.
Keep an eye out for any grass growing too close to the system’s control box, which could cause temporary or other problems and damage your house.
- Don’t overlook proper drainage
You might want to replace your roof, but are you taking care of drainage issues and replacing any cracked or sagging parts of your foundation before you do it?
Plumbing problems can result from a lack of proper drainage. A root system growing in one spot can cause pipes to freeze or burst and ruin the foundation.
Make sure you’re regularly checking for any damage to the foundation and fixing the problem before it causes further damage.
- Don’t underestimate the importance of routine maintenance
For many first-time homeowners, maintaining a home is the last thing that comes to mind. If you don’t get routine maintenance, you’re liable to see problems in your house that will cost you money.
Check your water heater and AC unit, and ensure your roof stays in good shape by regularly inspecting it, etc.
There you have it—five essential home maintenance tips for first-time homeowners. While it may seem a bit overwhelming to keep up on the upkeep of your home, the payoff is well worth it!
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