Once your custom home is completed and you move in, here are some maintenance tips to remember to stay safe and keep your dream home in good shape!
Check and replace smoke detector batteries annually. It’s important to make sure your smoke alarms are in working condition in case of emergency. Don’t like keeping up with the annual chore of replacing smoke detector batteries? Now you can purchase 10-year smoke alarms and CO2 detectors that are good for up to 10 years without needing battery replacement.
Replace your furnace filter quarterly or as recommended for your furnace model. Not only will this improve your home’s air quality, it will also help your HVAC system run more efficiently and last longer before needing replacement. In the winter, it can also save you money.
Vacuum lint buildup from your clothes dryer vent. A buildup of lint can be a fire hazard and should be cleaned out regularly to prevent blockages.
Prune trees and shrubs to keep them off the house. Bushes and other plants might look nice landscaped near the house, but it’s important to keep them pruned back to avoid excess moisture near your siding or foundation. Trees and shrubs should be trimmed back to keep squirrels and other animals away from your attic, and to minimize gutter clogs, and landscaping plants should be kept trimmed so they don’t touch your house.
Clean out leaves, dirt, and debris from your gutters and downspouts. Proper drainage is vital to keep your house from being exposed to excess moisture and to keep your roof in good condition. Regularly clear debris from your gutters and downspouts, or invest in gutter guards to prevent the buildup of debris.