Essential Tips for New Homeowners

Make a maintenance plan to keep your home in tip-top shape while saving you money. The newer your home is, the less maintenance there will be, but in time, you will need to fix, replace, and renew some aspects of the interior and exterior of your home as it ages. Home maintenance involves everything from the basic foundation to small appliances and hardware fixtures. Where do you begin? It’s best to start by breaking up your care into three main tasks: Inspection, Cleaning, and Repair/Replacement. Here are some essential tips for new homeowners that fall under each job that you can accomplish yourself with ease and without paying a contractor.

Test and Inspect

Evaluate the condition of all major structural and functional items such as the roof, shingles, gutters, windows, plumbing hardware, water heater, HVAC System, and other major appliances that help sustain living. Look for missing parts, cracks, leaks, mold, and further damage that could lead to wood rot and pest infestations. If your energy bills are high, you may lose costly heat due to poor sealing and insulation. Check caulking on the outside of your windows for cracks that could be allowing a draft in. Test your refrigerator door seals to ensure that the cold is staying in. Close the door on a sheet of paper, and if you can’t remove it from the closed door, your seal is good. Having moisture or flood issues? Check for disconnected or faulty downspouts and test your sump pump levels twice yearly to ensure it’s not overflowing. Track energy consumption by checking your water bill.

Repair and Replacement

Once you have completed your inspections, you will know what needs to be fixed or replaced. If you are unsure what parts are required, consult the appliance manufacturer or contractor or retrieve any instructions for proper care that you may have saved. Always keep a toolbox well-stocked with screws, nuts, bolts, nails, trusty power tools, and other hardware for quick fixes when all else fails. Items needing attention are faulty shutoff valves, loose showerheads, malfunctioning smoke detectors, squeaky door hinges and floorboards, loose wallpaper, leaky faucets, clogged or running toilets, and misaligned drawers and blinds. Purchase a spray lubricant to unstick jammed windows, replacement washers to fix a valve, or expanding foam to secure a wobbly pipe.

Cleaning and Renewing

Repairs may be infrequent, but there is always something in and out of your

While certain home maintenance tasks require a professional, the homeowner can handle many with the right tools and proper attention to care. If you can afford to hire a handyman to complete a task, that is your choice. But it’s also great to save some money and become more knowledgeable about basic homecare skills to become a more self-sufficient and frugal homeowner.

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Robin McCoy is a Texas Realtor with Keller Williams Realty. License #0582766 | 214.226.3770 |

The information contained, and the opinions expressed, in this article are not intended to be construed as investment advice. Robin McCoy Realty Group and Living in DFW does not guarantee or warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information or opinions contained herein. Nothing herein should be construed as investment advice. You should always conduct your own research and due diligence and obtain professional advice before making any investment decision. Robin McCoy Realty Group and Living in DFW will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by your reliance on the information or opinions contained herein.

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I guess you can take the girl out of Texas but you can't take Texas out of the girl. I was born here in Dallas and moved away at age 8. After 30 years of moving around the United States, as a child with the family and as an adult without them, I finally found myself back in Dallas. Since I returned in 2001 I have sold furniture for Crate&Barrel and Real Estate with Keller Williams. It is my hope to share with you what I love, question, and find interesting here in DFW.

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