Warning! Are You Adequately Maintaining Your New Home?
A startling amount of home renovations tend to encompass remodeling work on the whole house. Thirty five to be exact. Many potential homeowners usually think that it’s easier and cheaper to buy a house that needs some repair work than to construct a new home. However, what these homeowners underestimate are the times where the remodeling will end up costing just as much as a new build.
When you construct a new home, you know that every feature will give you its full lifetime. To keep up a newly constructed home, you will need regular maintenance. Here is a look at what it takes to keep a freshly built house going every month and every quarter.
Monthly Maintenance Needs
The most frequent maintenance session you’ll have for your new home is going to be the monthly one. Planning out things you need to take care of every 30 days will allow you to manage your custom home without feeling like you are drowning in a sea of duties every day. Here are some of the monthly maintenance items you will face.
1. Kitchen Sink Disposal
Your kitchen sink disposal unit accumulates dirt with daily use. Every 30 days, you need to conduct a deep clean on it. While there are several ways you can do this, the best approach is via using vinegar ice cubes. Place some vinegar in an ice tray and allow it to freeze. Once it solidifies, run the cubes through the unit. The vinegar will clean and freshen your disposal unit while also sharpening the blades.
The quality of indoor air in your custom built home is essential as it impacts your health. Thus, you should plan to inspect the filters every month. You can schedule changing the filters monthly, but if you are a small family, don’t have any pets or allergies, then switching them out every two to three months will do.
3. Showerheads and Faucet Aerators
It turns out that once you move into your new home and start using the shower and faucets dissolved minerals in the water begin to build up. To avoid this, ensure you clean the showerheads and faucet aerators every 30 days.
Quarterly Maintenance Needs
Along with taking care of your house every month, you need a routine that will help you look after the less inspected but still essential services. Thus, a maintenance plan every three months is something you must consider when you’re planning on building a house. Let’s take a look at some of the things you’ll need to assess every quarter.
1. Carbon Dioxide and Smoke Detector Check
Custom home builders understand the critical importance of maintaining a safe house for the family. As one such builder, you need to make sure that your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors are always functioning throughout the year. Inspect them every three months and clean any dust off. Use the test button to confirm the unit is working correctly and swap out old batteries for new ones.
2. Sinks and Toilet Sinks in Unused Spaces
If there will be areas in your house such as guest bedrooms, bathrooms, sinks, and other water sources that you won’t use regularly you’ll need to attend to them every quarter. If you don’t, dirt and grime will accumulate. Flush toilets and run water in these areas to wash away any dirt, grime and prevent potential blockage.
3. Water Heater
As a home builder, you depend on your trusty water heater to keep you from feeling cold when taking a bath. To keep it functioning correctly, ensure you flush out the hot water every three months to eliminate the sediment that tends to collect.
Learn How to Maintain Your New House
Building a new house can be more advantageous than remodeling a pre-existing one. But to ensure that your new home doesn’t fall into disrepair, you need to understand the level of effort it will take to maintain it. Create monthly and quarterly schedules to help you stay current on its maintenance.