Buying your first home is a lengthy, yet rewarding experience. Finally, a place to call your own! If you have been a longtime renter, it’s likely that you are not prepared for the degree of maintenance that comes along with owning a home. But don’t let that reality scare you away from this milestone! There are many ways in which one can properly take care of their home to mitigate costs in the long run. While repairs are inevitable, putting in the time and effort to monitor the condition of your home means you’ll be able to foresee future issues and save up for upcoming repairs.
Regardless of whether you live in a home or an apartment, your yard and its surrounding area will affect the maintenance needs of your residence. If you live in a zone that is prone to flooding or other natural disasters, you will want to take cautionary measures each year to protect your home to the best of your ability. That can range anywhere from visiting your local Home Depot for materials to buying flood insurance.
Along with being environmentally conservative, it’s important to monitor your energy bills. If you are suspicious that your energy bill is too high, it probably is! Thankfully, a waste of energy can be fixed by determining where the energy goes in your home, seeing if the exterior of your house needs to be fixed, to what type of hot water heater makes sense for your plumbing.
Keeping Your Home Clean
This should be a given, but you would be surprised to learn how much dust can reduce the longevity of anything with a vent or filter. Furthermore, if you are cleaning on a regular basis, you will also be able to spot problems with appliances. In sum, if you are not looking for it, how will you know it’s there?
Stick to a Maintenance Schedule
Unless you lead a profession that entails home maintenance, most people aren’t excited about the amount of work that goes into looking after a home. Rather than telling yourself you’ll get around to it, until something breaks and it’s too late to plan ahead, create a maintenance schedule that is designed to assess the condition of each part of your home. We’re not here to tell you how you should make your schedule, but we do know that being aware of what needs to be done makes planning repairs a lot easier.
Get Familiar with Manuals
Everyone’s favorite part about buying and owning an appliance – manuals! Not so fast, we are just kidding. While it doesn’t make for great reading material, it’s important to at least get a gist of its content so you can save yourself a lot of future headaches. Enveloped in these vital booklets are instructions for recommended maintenance, how often the appliance should be replaced, and nuances like reset options or fixing common problems. And if you are not keen on keeping a hard copy of said manuals, the online versions are right at your fingertips!