Taking Care of Your Home: Essential Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

June 26, 2024

As National Homeownership Month comes to a close, we’re sharing essential tips to help you maintain and enjoy your home that can be helpful for any homeowner whether you’ve been in your home for years or just moving in.

Regular maintenance might seem overwhelming, but it’s crucial. Start with simple tasks: inspect your roof for damage, clean gutters, and check windows and doors for drafts. Don’t forget to test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries twice a year.

Each season brings specific tasks to keep your home in top shape. In spring, service your HVAC system and check for any damage from winter. In summer, inspect plumbing, trim trees, and clean your dryer vent. Fall is the time to clean chimneys, drain outdoor faucets, and check weather stripping on doors and windows. In winter, protect pipes from freezing, test your heating system, and inspect the attic for insulation issues.

Improving energy efficiency can save you money and make your home more comfortable. Install LED bulbs, seal air leaks around windows and doors, and upgrade to ENERGY STAR® appliances when possible.

Safety is paramount. Keep a fire extinguisher in an easily accessible location and create a family fire escape plan. Avoid overloading outlets, replace damaged cords, and consider installing ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in kitchens and bathrooms. If you have young children, secure heavy furniture to walls, use safety gates, and cover electrical outlets.

A well-maintained yard adds curb appeal and can be a source of pride and enjoyment. Regularly mow your lawn, add mulch to garden beds to prevent weeds and retain moisture, and choose native plants that are easier to care for and better for the local ecosystem.

Remember, some tasks require professional expertise. Don’t hesitate to call in help for electrical work beyond simple repairs, major plumbing problems, or any issues with your home’s foundation or structure.

Taking care of your home is an ongoing responsibility, but with regular maintenance and a proactive approach, you can keep your home in great condition for years to come.