When you’re buying a house, your thoughts will probably be centered around the financial responsibilities that come with your new home. However, your realtor will tell you that regular maintenance on your home is just as important. If you’re on top of your regular maintenance, not only will you avoid expensive repairs, but you’ll be able to keep your home value up over time.
In order to make sure you keep an efficient maintenance schedule, you should separate your tasks into Monthly, Quarterly, and Biannual categories.
There are several things you should do each month to keep your new home like new.
Inspecting Your Fire Extinguisher(s). You should have at least one fire extinguisher, and you should know how to use it. You won’t have a lot to do for your inspection. Make sure you’re not blocking access to your fire extinguisher. Additionally, check your gauge to make sure there’s enough pressure, and make sure it’s not visibly damaged.
Clean your Garbage Disposal. There are lots of ways you can clean your garbage disposal. One of the better ways for you to do this is to make vinegar ice cubes. Just freeze vinegar in an ice tray, then dump your ice cubes down the drain and run your disposal. Not only will you clean your garbage disposal this way, but you can sharpen the blades as well. Just be sure to get rid of any extra ice cubes. You don’t want to mistake vinegar ice cubes for regular ones!
Inspect your Air Conditioning Filters. You’ll hear from the experts that you should replace your filters every month, but that’s not always true. If you’re a smaller family, or you don’t have pets or allergies, you can get away with longer. Just inspect your filter every month, and if the filter is dirty, replace it. Otherwise, just check again next month.
Clean Your Stove’s Hood Filter. You might not have even given this much thought. If you’re in a new home, it won’t be so bad. However, if you’ve lived in your home for a while without doing this, the first time is going to be shocking. The best product to use for this is a degreaser for auto parts. Just mix your degreaser with hot water and soak your filter for a few minutes. You should rinse your filter off thoroughly before putting it back.
Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This is another simple, but important job. In a new home, you should be able to wait three months before testing this. Most modern detectors have a test button. Just press the button and see if the alarm goes off. When it does, just put your detector back, and you’re done. If it doesn’t go off, put new batteries in and test again. Should you still not get an alarm, check the terminals to see if they’ve corroded. If your terminals corroded, clean them and test again. If it still doesn’t work, it's time to buy a new detector.
Run water in your guest bathroom. If your house has a guest bedroom or bathroom, you should run the water through the sinks, toilet, and shower. This way, you don’t get build up in your pipes.
Check for hard water. Check your water to see if it’s hard, and if it is, either add salt to your water softener, or get a water softener.
Clean your refrigerator coils. You're using 15 percent of your home’s power with your fridge. To save on that power, you should keep it running efficiently. As your condenser coils get dirty your fridge uses more power. You could save up to $100 a year on your electricity bill by cleaning your coils.
Test your water heater’s pressure relief valve. From the moment you move into your new home, your water heater is fighting against mineral and corrosion buildups. Make sure your pressure relief valve is working properly to avoid any leaks. Additionally, you’ll make your water heater run more efficiently.
Deep clean your house. You should take a day every six months to really get inside your house and clean everything. Move and clean your appliances, get into the basement and dust everything. Move furniture. This is a good time to do any upholstery or carpet cleaning you’ve been thinking about too. If you keep your house clean like this, you’ll keep any dirt from building up over years, and even an old house will look like a new home.
Follow these tips, you’ll always love the house you live in. If you’re looking for a new home in Mar Vista, Culver City, or the surrounding areas, George Chung Realtors can help you. As a fixture in the communities we serve, we can find you your dream home easily. Call (310) 391-6346 to schedule a meeting.