In 2022, over 5 million homes were sold, and many of them were more than 15 years old. If you recently bought a new-to-you home or want to make sure your older home is in peak performance, here are a few easy steps to follow. We are here to break it down for you to prevent anything breaking down on you! Don’t worry, you don’t need to be a professional to do this. Let’s unpack that home-maintenance-box with some easy steps to follow.
Be your own Inspector! Regularly check for leaks, cracks, and other damage.
Change your air filters. Doing this monthly will help to keep your home’s air clean and free of allergens.
Clean your gutters and downspouts. Doing this yearly will prevent water damage to your home’s foundation.
By following these simple steps, you can help to keep your home in good condition and prevent costly repairs down the road.
When should you hire a professional? We highly recommend that you have a professional come to your home within the first 8 weeks of purchase or yearly for seasoned homeowners. We also recommend that you:
Service Your Systems – You had your inspection of all the systems in your home. It’s still a wise choice to get a professional to come out and service your systems such as your HVAC, water heater, and your electrical panel. If your systems are older, it’s an especially good idea in order to extend the life of your systems and not waste money on repairs later on. With the savings you can throw a housewarming party!
Get a Plan – We don’t mean a to-do list; we are talking about a maintenance plan for your home’s systems. Regular maintenance/inspections equates to a longer life span for your important household systems and keeps them operating as efficiently as they were designed to operate. As a member of a service plan, you get first priority and a special number to call that gets you scheduled and seen right away. Regular maintenance helps you to stay in comfort year-round, without interruptions and inconvenience!
Home Warranties – These can differ from a maintenance plan for your home’s major systems just a bit. Many home warranties cover your appliances as well. They’re usually for one year, however there’s many choices for home warranties, so pick and choose what works best for you and your family. If your new old home’s appliances are edging toward the end of their life span, a home warranty is a great idea.
Make a List – This list can be your to-do list. As you move in, make note of updates and repairs you would like to have done. This is the best time to see areas that you want to improve. We don’t always see everything when we are excited and going through the home-buying process. Now that it’s yours, you can relax and walk room to room with a more critical eye.
Virtual Money Jar – We’re not sure if anyone is stuffing cash into the cookie jar these days, but the point is, set aside the funds for future repairs or upgrades that you may not be diving into right away. Starting now means in the next six months you’ll have a little egg in your bank account for these jobs.
You may have an older home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it for decades to come. With proper care your home can keep on aging with beauty and comfort! Older doesn’t have to mean broken and inefficient. That’s where we can help. Get scheduled with us and let us handle your home’s systems, inspections, repairs, and any upgrades you desire. It’s our pleasure to service you and keep you comfortable all year long. Reach out now; we look forward to being of service to you.