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Home Maintenance Tips
You should consider doing the following improvements after taking possession of your new home or property:
Change the locks on all exterior doors, for security purposes.
Install smoke detectors on each level of the home. Install carbon monoxide
detectors where any fossil fuels may be burned i.e. near heater, gas stove, near garage entry’s, near fireplaces, etc. If these devices
are already present, change the batteries and make a note of when you did to schedule future battery replacements the same time next
Install fire extinguishers near stoves, in garages, and keep one handy near fireplaces and woodstoves.
Create a fire exit plan
to evacuate your home or business in the event of fire or other emergency.
Make repairs of any trip hazards that were not repaired
prior to settlement to avoid possible injury. (Both inside and Out).
Review your inspection report for any main shutoff location of
water, gas, and electrical systems. (These locations will be pointed out to you if you joined your inspector during inspection).
- Check that your fire extinguishers are fully charged.
- Remove and replace heating and cooling filter elements. If they are the
reusable type just clean and replace.
- Inspect and clean electronic air cleaners and humidifiers.
- Bleed the radiator valves if you have
hydronic heating systems in the home.
- Clean your gutters and downspouts to ensure proper water flow.
- Check plumbing fixtures for leaks,
these are used many times daily and a leak can happen quickly.
- Check your water bill and energy bills for excessive costs. Often times
these can point to a leak or even a failing electrical device, such as your refrigerator.
Spring and Autumn
- Check your roof and flashings
for signs of damage.
- Check in your roof space for evidence of leaks, make sure vents are not clogged, and level out the insulation
if necessary. Often times when windy the insulation around your vents will move around.
- Trim back trees and shrubs away from
- If you have a basement check for evidence of leaks.
- Check all walkways for movement and repair any trip hazards that may develop.
and operate all windows and doors.
- Test all Earth Leakage devices installed for proper working condition.
- Check exterior hose taps for
leaks and repair.
- Test your TRP (temperature pressure relief) valve on your hot water geyser or cold water service into your home.
for the evidence of vermin, termites and insects, treat as needed.
- Test your garage doors and clean and lubricate all moving parts.
or replace exhaust fan filters.
- Service, clean or inspect all major appliances in your home per manufacturers recommendations
all smoke detector batteries and carbon monoxide detector batteries.
- Have all heating, cooling and water systems serviced and cleaned.
chimneys and clean them.
- Examine all electrical panels and operate breakers to ensure they are not sticking.
DO NOT TAKE THE COVER OFF
- If you have borehole, have your borehole tested and have your pump and service tank inspected for leaks or evidence of
- All homes are suspect of wood destroying insects (termites, carpenter bees, carpenter ants, etc.), have your home inspected annually
by a professional and treated if necessary.
Your home is your single largest investment of your lifetime. Take these measures
to protect your investment. For more home maintenance tips and energy saving advice contact me, your InterNACHI certified
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