New Home Owner? 6 Handy Fixes to Keep Your Home in Working Condition

New Home Owner? 6 Handy Fixes to Keep Your Home in Working Condition

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Purchasing your first home is a major accomplishment that should be celebrated with family and friends. As a new homeowner, you’ll want to protect your investment with proper maintenance too. Maintenance chores that involve personal safety and property protection are your first priority. Here are six fixes that will help keep your home in safe and sound condition in every season.

1. Clean Rain Gutters

Clogged or leaking gutters and drain spouts expose your home to water damage. This may seem like a small issue, but when clogged with debris, rainwater seeping under the eaves can damage the roof, attic, walls and siding. Check gutters for improper pitch too, and ensure that water flows away from your home’s foundation.

2. Drain Your Water Heater

Water picks up an array of minerals as it travels to your home, and those sediments collect and settle to the bottom of the tank in your hot water heater. Drain your water heater at least once each year to keep the water that your family uses for drinking, cooking and grooming fresh and clean. This is a relatively easy fix as well, but needs to be maintained on a annual schedule to keep your homes water in the best condition.

3. Keep Your Garage Doors in Good Working Order

A loose spring or broken cable can cause a garage door to slam shut unexpectedly. Help keep your family safe with regular maintenance. The experts from Ponderosa Garage Doors recommend lubricating all moving parts, cleaning off rust and tightening screws and bolts to avoid injury. This is any easy way to keep the doors maintained and in good working order.

4. Seal Up Windows and Doors

Drafty windows and doors force your heating and cooling systems to run longer, resulting in higher energy bills and a lower level of comfort. Keep weather stripping and a can of caulk on hand to seal them up tight. This can become an easy process on an extremely warm or cool day. You will be able to feel the outside air leaking in and if you have all the tools and materials on hand, you can mend them in no time.

5. Keep Driveways, Paths and Patios in Good Repair

Tour the exterior of your home every season to check for cracks in concrete, asphalt or stone surfaces. Gaps, cracks and bulges not only pose tripping hazards but allow water to creep under the material as well, which can then freeze and cause further damage during winter freezes.

6. Change HVAC Air Filters

All of the air that your forced-air heating and cooling systems circulate through your home must first pass through the system’s air filter. Dirty filters impair air flow, affect air quality and impede performance. Check the filter monthly and change it at the first sign of dirt.

Don’t wait until problems arise to give your new home the care that it needs. Regular home maintenance protects you from costly emergency repairs and helps ensure that your home provides a safe and comfortable environment for many years to come. Small maintenance over the years is a great way to minimize the wear and  tear and your home and keep it in perfect working condition.

Brionna Kennedy is native to the Pacific Northwest, growing up in Washington, then moving down to Oregon for college. She enjoys writing on fashion and business, but any subject will do, she loves to learn about new topics. When she isn’t writing, she lives for the outdoors. Oregon has been the perfect setting to indulge her love of kayaking, rock climbing, and hiking.

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