Buying a home is a large, exciting and worthwhile investment. After the home-buying process is over, many new homeowners focus on the best ways to maintain their home. Proper home maintenance can save homeowners thousands of dollars in repairs and upgrades over the years. It is common for first-time homeowners to be unaware of maintenance they need to complete each year. Owners can simplify the process by creating a quick checklist and information sheet that can be used in the future. Here are some important home maintenance tips that first-time homeowners or any homeowner should be aware of:
Create a contact list: there are several types of professionals that homeowners may need to hire to complete projects or audits on their homes. It can be helpful to create a list of potential service providers, their contact information and the type of work they specialize in. Homeowners can begin by asking for recommendations from neighbours, family and friends about the best service providers in the area. Homeowners should also do their own research on contractors, electricians, plumbers and other professionals in the area. Another idea is to contact your local real estate agent your working with to see if they have some preferred contractors they can recommend. Having a list of professionals on hand can help homeowners deal with potential problems quickly or plan for basic maintenance tasks.
Create a supply kit: individuals who moved from an apartment to a new home may forget to purchase basic items, such as flashlights and shovels when they move into a new home. Homeowners can better prepare for home maintenance tasks by creating a list of home items they need and making sure they purchase them. Homeowners may need ladders, lawn and garden items, tool kits or other instruments to complete basic work around the house.
Create a month-to-month checklist: there are several tasks homeowners need to complete on a monthly and seasonal basis. Developing a calendar that outlines each chore that needs to be completed can help keep homeowners on track and help them to avoid forgetting about maintenance. The list can include items such as getting leaks fixed to conducting an energy audit. Homeowners should create a timeline for replacing things such as roofing and appliances.
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