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Maintenance Tips for Newly Built Home
July 31, 2023
Did you just build a new home with Capital Homes? If yes, we want to give you a huge congratulations and hope you're loving it! We know that the smell of fresh paint, the beautiful floors, and clean untouched spaces are very exciting. You also have to remember that owning a brand new home also comes with a new set of responsibilities. It's important to start routine maintenance on your home right away to preserve its value and keep it looking as good as new.
Below are a few maintenance tips for your newly built home and you can find even more tips in your home warranty book.
Air Filters: The air filters in your new Capital Home are located inside the attic in a filter box next to the furnace. We recommend that you replace your filters as necessary, usually every 90-180 days, depending on the filter type.
HVAC System Maintenance: Your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system needs a regular maintenance schedule to keep it running efficiently. Changing your filters (see above), scheduling annual professional inspections, and keeping vents clean can go a long way in prolonging the life of your HVAC system. We have a great checklist located on page 13 of your home warranty handbook, make sure to check it out.
Plumbing Care: Keep an eye on your home's plumbing. Regularly check under sinks for leaks and run water in rarely used sinks and showers to prevent dry pipes and traps. It's also a great idea to locate your water shut-off in case of a leak. These are typically located in the Hot Water heater closet.
Roof and Gutters: Even though your roof is new, it's essential to check it regularly for damage or leaks, especially after a storm. Similarly, keep your gutters clean to prevent water damage.
Care for Exterior Walls: Depending on the material of your exterior walls, maintenance can involve regular painting, cleaning, and inspection for cracks or damage.
Maintain Your Yard: A well-maintained yard can add to the beauty of your new home. Regular mowing, watering, weeding, and trimming of plants and shrubs can keep your yard looking neat. Keep an eye on all trees located around your home and trim branches as necessary to avoid damage to your home.
Regular Cleaning: Regular cleaning can help maintain the newness of your home. This includes cleaning all of your appliances, bathrooms, countertops, floors, and windows.
Test Safety Devices: Regularly test safety devices such as smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they're working properly. Replace batteries as needed.
Manage Moisture: Use exhaust fans in bathrooms and kitchens to control moisture and prevent mold. Keep an eye on humidity levels in your home and use a dehumidifier if necessary.
While it's exciting to enjoy your new space, a little preventive maintenance can go a long way in keeping your newly built home in tip-top condition. Make it fun, and create a maintenance schedule that the whole family can use to hold each other accountable.
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