Maintenance Tips for a New Homeowner

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Keep your Erath home in good shapeThere are a number of things to do around your home immediately after purchase. Maintenance checks and inspections should be conducted right away in order to detect any problems. If you just purchased a home in the Erath area, use the following checklist to help you address any maintenance or safety issues that may arise.

  • Enhance your home’s security by changing the locks on all exterior entrances.
  • Take a security system into consideration. Additionally, make sure that all windows and doors are secure and add security rods to sliding doors and windows if necessary.
  • Check to see if every level of your home has a smoke detector, and if not, make sure to install them right away. Replace and test the batteries on your current smoke detectors and make sure they are all placed outside sleeping areas.
  • Clean and inspect electronic air cleaners and humidifiers around your home.
  • If a faucet or shower head is leaking, deal with the issue early on and repair or replace the part.
  • Repair flush mechanisms and loose toilets in your home’s bathrooms.
  • Inspect the roof for any visible damage to the chimney, flashings or roof coverings.
  • Make sure the roof vents located in the attic are not obstructed. Level out insulation and inspect for any sign of condensation, leakage or critter activity.
  • Walkways, decks, driveways, porches and other landscape should be inspected for any signs of deterioration or potential safety hazards.
  • If below freezing temperatures are being reported, make sure to shut off isolating valves for exterior hose bibs.
  • Make sure to get rid of any wood or soil contact around the perimeter of your home in order to eliminate boring insect activity.
  • Inspect your home’s garage door opener and make sure to lubricate and clean the rollers, tracks and hinges on the overhead doors.

If you have any real estate questions about the Stephenville and Erath County areas, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

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