Congratulations! You got a home inspection, you’ve closed escrow, you have the key in hand, and the movers are set. But there is more to home ownership than dressing the windows and watering the lawn. Here are some house maintenance ideas you may not have thought about for your new home.

Some tasks can be done seasonally, like cleaning the gutters, trimming the bushes and cleaning the chimney. Other things should be done as soon as you move into the house in order to protect your family and the longevity of your dwelling.

Safety First

According to Consumer Reports, stoves represent the greatest safety threat to your home, causing more than 40,000 fires between 2002 and 2009. Inspect fire extinguishers and make sure they are accessible. Replace the batteries in all smoke detectors, and then test them.

Test the garage door emergency reverse mechanism and the water heater’s pressure relief valve. Purchase a simple test and check for radon. Make sure to place the test on the lowest floor of your home where people will be spending time. Check that all door and window locks work, and replace those that don’t

Appliance Check

According to the Department of Energy, “Over the past couple of decades, advances in appliances and electronics — from microwaves and dishwashers to smartphones and computers — have changed the way we use energy in our homes.” Ensure all appliances are running efficiently. Clean the kitchen sink disposal. There are many store-bought solutions made especially for disposal sanitization. Vacuum the coils of the refrigerator. This not only helps the appliance run better but also decreases a fire hazard. Clean the filters in the range hood and microwave. Double check that your kitchen exhaust fans are set to blow out and not in. Replace HVAC filters. Clean bathroom fan covers and heater registers.

Utilities

Save some energy. It’s a good idea to get a home energy audit, but take some advance measures to ensure the audit finds the most minute details that you missed. Check that door and window casings are well sealed. Caulk any cracks in the walls. Turn the water heater thermostat to the lowest temperature that works for you. Set your thermostat to the most reasonable temperature for the season, and leave it on automatic. Clean and test your heating and cooling mechanisms, like the furnace, an AC unit or a swamp cooler. A thermal inspection can detect moisture in the walls and drafty areas that cause temperature loss.

The Essentials

Take care of your home’s bones. Check and clean the roof. Run the water in all faucets and hose bibs. Flush all toilets. Make sure to get your home inspected for threats like wood rot and termites, as these can be existential threats to the home’s structural integrity. According to Arete, “Because termites can be hard to detect, you may not see them until actual damage has been done.” Mold can similarly go undetected, threatening not just the walls but also your health! We perform mold inspections in Edmonton, Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove, and surrounding areas.

With all these tasks done, your home should run safely and efficiently today, and extend the longevity of your home for tomorrow. Now all you have to do is unpack

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