Handy tips to take care of your new home.

One of the joys of owning a new home is that it’s beautiful, inside and out. All new is a very significant benefit, and naturally you’ll want everything to continue looking good and running smoothly in the years ahead. So yes, your new home will require some preventative maintenance now and again.

Checking the batteries in smoke detectors, clearing rain gutters and changing filters in your AC/heating system are all important. Fortunately, they don’t require too much time, so you can still look forward to leisurely weekends doing what you love.

You’ll be happy to know that when you purchase with KB, we provide you with a recommended maintenance checklist and schedule to help you keep track around the house. Some information will vary depending on where you live, especially if you’re preparing for summer’s warm weather, fall’s rainy season or winter’s cold snaps. Every new home, however, needs the same TLC when it comes to preventative maintenance. Here’s a few basic tips.

Check those smoke detectors.

We’ve all probably gotten overzealous in the kitchen and accidentally set off the smoke detector — and that’s a good thing. You want to be alerted instantly, so maintenance is key. While most smoke detectors are hard-wired with a battery backup, it’s recommended that batteries are replaced once a year and checked every month.

Did you know that you can vacuum a smoke detector? Dust and pollen can make the sensors dirty and prevent them from working properly, so it’s a good idea to vacuum the unit with a gentle attachment and wipe the outside to keep the surface clear.

Heating and cooling filters make the list.

Enjoying your new home is about comfort, and that means staying warm in the winter and cool in the summer. One way to keep your heating/cooling systems working at optimal levels is to replace the filters every three months. When they’re dirty, they can restrict the flow of air into the unit and decrease its efficiency.

In case you’re wondering, filter sizes are easily visible so you know exactly what you need, plus they’re available at your local hardware store or online.

Is your home ready for the rain?

Rainy weather affects some regions more than others, so be prepared. Clean your gutters and downspouts [the pipe that carries water down from the gutters] before the start of rainy season and once after trees have shed their colorful autumn leaves. This exterior maintenance will help prevent water from overflowing onto the walls and the eaves from leaking.

If you’re not comfortable climbing up a ladder or aren’t a fan of heights [safety should always be first and foremost], hire a licensed & bonded handyman to get those gutters rain-ready.

Good to know and easy to do.

In the winter, you’re more likely to be sitting by a cozy fire with hot cocoa than using the AC. Turning on the air conditioning during the winter season is actually recommended! Running the AC just twice in the cooler months can prevent mechanical parts from sticking and your system will be ready for the summer heat.

And there’s this. Your kitchen sink is probably one of the hardest-working appliances in your home. And you want it to keep running clear. So once a month, fill your garbage disposal with ice and turn it on — this helps clean and sharpen the blades.

A little TLC goes a long way.

We know that for many people, buying a new home is the culmination of their hopes and dreams. Rest assured that your KB team is here to support you every step of the way, and well after you move in.

Keep the maintenance checklist handy — even if you’re not handy. It lets you know what needs to be done around the house monthly, seasonally and annually.