Although a new home builder such as Vitale Homes offers their homeowners warranty protection through the highly-respected 2-10 Home Buyers Warranty program, there will still be important home maintenance issues to address. As a new homeowner you should know that this is the only way to maintain maximum efficiency and performance from your home. Even so, you may still be confused as to where to start and what you should do vs. what you should hire a professional to do for you.
There are several different areas here, each with its own special needs. These include:
- Septic tank systems should be inspected and serviced by a professional. They must be pumped out every three years or you could experience sewage backup and other expensive damage to your new home.
- Toilets require occasional adjusting so they maintain their efficiency. Old fill and flapper valves will need adjusted so your toilet doesn’t run continuously and waste water, which costs money.
- Sewage lines may have sludge and other old matter dry up inside of them. When this matter hardens it can cause a blockage which is why you should have a professional hydro-jet them occasionally.
- Water heaters must be flushed annually so they work their best. This is because rust, scale, and sediment from hard water can build up inside of them, having a negative impact on their efficiency, performance, and lifespan. You should have a professional do this for you so that you don’t accidentally shock yourself.
Once your water is taken care of properly, you’ll want to make sure that the electricity in your new home is also working well. As a new homeowner there are a few things you should do here, including:
- Make sure you’re using GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter) outlets, especially in your kitchen, bathroom, garage, and pool area. These are designed to act like a circuit breaker and protect you from being shocked by tripping if they come into contact with water.
- Kitchen appliances must be cleaned and maintained periodically so they work efficiently. One area that’s often overlooked by new homeowners is underneath your cooktop. Make sure that you lift it up and scour the area occasionally since food, liquid, and other debris can get left behind there resulting in an unclean cooking area. You should also empty your refrigerator’s dip pan which is responsible for catching any condensation. When this comes into contact with dirt and other debris it can also create an unhealthy kitchen environment.
One thing that new homeowners sometimes forget about is their HVAC system. This isn’t something you want to do. Instead, you should:
- Have a professional clean and perform maintenance (e.g. adding lubricant, checking refrigerant, cleaning its coils) on this system annually. By keeping your system clean you’re enabling it to easily maintain indoor temperatures without driving up your energy bills. You’re also ensuring that you won’t experience a costly breakdown or failure once you’ve increased its workload for the summer.
- Make sure you change your air filters and clean your air vents and return registers frequently. This will prevent dirt and dust from entering into your system.
- Keep weeds from growing around your outside unit. Be very careful how you remove weeds from this area though since there are important wires running from the unit into your home.
Being a new homeowner of a Vitale Homes is exciting. You want to do your best to maintain your new home for as long as possible. While the first step is contacting us to get the home of your dreams, you should never overlook its care and maintenance once you’re living in it. Vitale Homes has already prepared a New Homeowners Maintenance Manual. Get in touch with us today and we’ll help you get started in this great adventure.
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