10 Home Maintenance Tasks New Homeowners Often Forget
As a new homeowner, you’re probably learning a lot of new things about what owning your own home really means. Some of these things are more exciting than others, take for example the ability to paint your walls, hang shelves, etc. On the other hand, you have the not-so-exciting things like upkeep and liability. Fortunately, the benefits of homeownership FAR outweigh the burden of these new responsibilities! Even better? Remembering to take care of household tasks at the right time can help you minimize upkeep and reduce the risk of accidents. The secret is learning what these things are and getting them done before they cause problems.
To help you unlock this secret, we’ve provided our list of the top 10 home maintenance tasks new homeowners often overlook the first year. Check it out, then start planning for success in your new home!
- Swapping out Fire Alarm Batteries
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, smoke alarm batteries should be checked at least once a month and replaced at least once a year. The entire smoke alarm should be replaced every ten years.
- Flushing Pipes Before Winter
Draining your home’s pipes before the cold weather hits is key to avoiding the unpleasant surprise of broken pipes. This is an especially important measure to take before leaving for vacation. Foxworth Galbraith provides a full list of instructions here.
- Cleaning Underneath the Refrigerator
This will take anywhere from 20-30 minutes, but will be SO worth it once the task is complete. To make this process a little easier, check out Real Simple’s step-by-step guide online.
- Inspect on the Regular
Taking a walk around your home to check for things like water damage, pests, cosmetic damage, etc. will help you detect and eliminate smaller problems before they can become larger issues. Take a moment at least once a month to run a self-inspection on your home.
- Clean your AC Ducts
Many homeowners debate the importance of having AC air ducts cleaned out on a regular basis. Unless ducts are especially dirty, you should be fine. However, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Check out “HVAC Duct Cleaning: Scam or Worth It?” on Today’s Homeowner to determine your needs and options.
- Drain Your Hot water Heater
Draining your hot water heater as necessary will promote longer equipment life and optimal efficiency. Today’s Homeowner offers more help with DIY tips and info here.
- Change Furnace Filter
When dust bunnies are on the rise it could mean that it’s time to change your furnace filter. This is important because these filters are meant to capture dirt and air particles before they can make their way into the furnace and damage its components. Bob Vila offers online help in this article.
- Re-Caulk Windows
Window caulking begins to wear over time, allowing drafts and outside air particles to enter your home. The first step in preventing this is checking your windows regularly. Should you find that the caulk is beginning to wear, check out this guide on Do it Yourself to re-caulk!
- Clean and Inspect Chimneys
If you have a chimney, it’s important that you check and clean it on a regular basis to reduce risk of fire and air contamination. Inspection should be conducted by a professional. For information, check out House Logic’s guide to chimney inspection.
- Cleaning the Dryer Vent
This is an important task in reducing risk of fire and injury. The Pretty Handy Girl blog offers a great step-by-step guide to doing this the right way.