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Basic Home Maintenance Practices for New Homeowners

Basic Home Maintenance Practices for New Homeowners

Homeownership is quite an accomplishment these days, and becoming a homeowner is a reason to celebrate. Naturally, you’ll want to protect and maintain your home to ensure it remains in good condition. If you’re new to homeownership, however, then you may be unsure how to best care for it. Here are some basic home maintenance practices for new homeowners.

Maintaining Appliances

A lot of daily appliances and utilities you may not give a second thought about will require upkeep— such as those in your kitchen. We spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and appliances wear down through use, spills, and cooking liquids. Not only is this a sanitary hazard, but your appliances also greatly contribute to the value of your home. If you notice anything wrong with your appliances, have an expert check it out or make an upgrade.

Furthermore, you should inspect your plumbing regularly to ensure it doesn’t corrode or degrade and cause bigger issues. You’ll want to look for discoloration in metal pipes or cracks and crimping in plastic pipes.

Survey the Exterior

The exterior walls and roof of your home are responsible for protecting you from the elements, so you need to make sure they don’t develop extensive damage from wear and tear. Walk around the entirety of your property to get a full perspective on your home’s condition and inspect your roof. The roof is especially important to inspect because it’s hard to see from the ground, and issues like water damage can be expensive to fix.

Clean Humid Areas

The last basic home maintenance practice for new homeowners is to regularly clean humid areas. Rooms like your bathroom that experience plenty of moisture can be a breeding ground for mold, particularly in showers and baths. The key to avoiding this is making sure you regularly clean these areas and that the area is well-ventilated while you do so.

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