Do This to Maintain Your New Home

When buying a home, make sure the most important parts are maintained. This is especially critical if you live in an area with extreme temperatures. By extreme I’m talking about desert temperatures in the summer and below freezing winters.

Those who live in milder climates may think they’re safe from this type of trouble, but we’ve all heard about unlikely heat waves and crazy snow storms that affect various areas. It’s better to be prepared than sorry.

It’s never a matter of whether your heating and cooling unit will fail on you. Murphy’s Law reminds us to expect the unexpected, to prepare for troubles to come our way. (This is also why you need to provide a ten percent margin to your budget in case something happens.)

This is why you don’t leave home maintenance to chance. The home that is as prepared as possible to endure the elements is the home that provides the most comfort and happiness.

You may think I’m exaggerating the importance of this preparation. However, I’ve experienced a broken air conditioning unit during one-hundred-ten-degree weather.

If you add small children to the mix, that’s even worse. As adults, we can handle the heat better than children, but their small bodies suffer much more quickly. As a parent, the inability to fix things for your children is its own form of torture.

Now, if you’re single or you don’t have children, consider your fur babies. They need a certain environment as well, particularly if the weather isn’t native to them.

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Besides your heating and cooling, you also need to ensure your water heater is working as efficiently as possible. There’s no point in wasting electricity or gas on a water heater that isn’t at its optimum performance.

Another reason to make sure this appliance is working well is to prevent your pipes freezing in the winter. Waking up to busted or leaking pipes isn’t fun either.

The water damage from such a disaster can ruin your walls, carpet, and flooring. This has the potential to be a costly repair, so keep that water heater and the pipes in your home in great condition.

I also cannot stress enough the importance of maintaining the wiring in your home. Electrical outlets that don’t work or have wires sticking out are a hazard to you and your family. If any of your light switches don’t work, try to get that fixed as soon as possible.

And perhaps most importantly, double and triple check your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector. These small devices can save your life, particularly the carbon monoxide one because carbon monoxide is odorless and tasteless. You’ll have to be vigilant in paying attention and identifying possible symptoms.

As for the smoke detector, make sure the batteries are working and test it once a month. It’s better to be sure of your equipment rather than guessing. You and your family’s lives are too important to leave to chance.

Before I forget, you also need to maintain your sprinkler system if you have one. You want to make sure all the sprinklers work the way they’re supposed to. If a sprinkler head is broken, replace it as soon as possible. All that wasted water will only increase your water bill and cause your neighbors to view you as an irresponsible home owner.

Furthermore, check the tubing of your irrigation system. Oftentimes, a leak in one of the PVC pipes is an easy fix. Staying on top of this alerts you to any unwanted animals in your yard as well, such as gophers.

Those are some of the most important maintenance needs of a home. I haven’t listed every single one of them, but I’m sure you can think of other areas of the home that need to be checked out.

Even if you prevent just a few of these issues, you’re well on your way to having an efficient home.