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Moving can be time consuming… well “life” consuming. The last thing you need to be worried about is remembering what to check/repair in your new home. Here’s a great list of reminders to help you down the road:
- Make it a point to turn on all of your major appliances and let them run for a complete cycle, especially if your home is newly built to look for leaks.
- Be sure to read your warranty — don’t wait until an emergency to start familiarizing yourself with your legal rights and responsibilities.
45 Days Later
- Change the filter on your HVAC system, and vacuum out the air intake vents. Capturing dirt and dust with the right filter can go a long way toward reducing dust.
Six Months Later
- During summer months, keep an eye out for invasive animals like squirrels, birds and wasps. These pests look for loose soffits and buckled siding as a way to get into your home.
- Twice a year in the summer and fall, inspect the exterior of your house to make sure rainwater is draining properly.
- Landscaping should be negatively graded away from the house.
- Each winter, check to make sure that your pipes are properly insulated against freezing.
- Inspect your roof or have a professional roofer conduct an inspection. Look for missing shingles, gaps in the flashing around chimneys and other hazards. Indoors, check your ceiling for water spots.
Every Two Years
- Have a professional HVAC contractor inspect your furnace, air conditioner and hot water heater.
- Inspect exterior paint and touch up as needed.