So you own your brand new home - now what!?! One key thing to remember about owning your own home is you are responsible for routine maintenance to keep your home functioning properly.
- Make Ready - When you first move in you will probably notice construction dust lightly settling the first few days/weeks. This is completely normal if your home was just completed. Your home will be cleaned for you to move in but just keep in mind it's a make ready not hotel ready.
- Settling - In our dry, hot climate you might notice your home to start settling. Simple surface cracks are normal but when those cracks start gaping open is when you should call your structural warranty company. To help avoid settling always water your yard evenly - by watering only 2 sides you might be contributing to the settling. Simple mortar settling can easily be patched with mortar patch and a caulk gun and same for your interior - make sure your caulk is paintable and for interior use.
- Windows and Doors - Keep watch over caulk around door and windows - especially glass block windows. Exterior elements can sometimes crack the caulk or make it shrink up and this can sometimes cause moisture to seep through and create damage that could easily be avoided. Check your weatherstripping for wear and tear - not only could you be losing air through your doors but also be letting in unwanted critters.
- Filters - Filters in your heating and air conditioning units should be changed regularly to remove the dust and dirt that accumulates. This will help your system run much smoother
- Regular Cleaning - Keep your home cleaned of dust and dirt build up to better preserve and protect the finishes on your trim, counter tops, sinks and tubs, cabinets, blinds, carpet and flooring, and etc.
- Gutters - Keep gutters and downspouts cleaned out to prevent water back up that could harm your home
- Roof - Keep watch to make sure you aren't missing any shingles especially after storms. This is an easy way for your roof to leak. Also make sure your tree's branches are away from your roof and check your flashing and trim work of any rotting or peeling paint - this could also allow water to enter your home in unwanted areas.
- Yard Slope - Make sure the slope of your yard always allows water to flow away from your foundation. You might need to add top soil to low areas to make the grade slope down and away from your home.
- Exterior Wood - Sealing your exterior wood on an annual basis will help prevent against rotting and deterioration.
- Driveways and Sidewalks - check for cracking and fill with concrete-patch, as needed. This will help prevent any further cracking and deterioration.
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Keep in mind that each home comes with a year warranty against workmanship and defects.