Welcome back to the Capital City Real Estate Group video blog! I’m Marc Iafrate, Broker-in-Charge of the Capital City Real Estate Group here in Raleigh. Today we are going to discuss the 5 Essential Home Maintenance Tips for First Time Homeowners
Buying your first home can be a little overwhelming at first, but when you take the time to prepare and plan ahead, maintaining a home is a lot easier than you think. Here are five tips that will help maintain your new home for years to come.
Get Prepared and Stay Prepared
To do any job, you have to have the right tools. So start by assembling your home maintenance kit – a toolbox filled with the most common tools and supplies you will need to complete tasks around your home. What to include, here are a few suggestions:
• Screwdrivers – Phillips and Regular Flat head
• Power drill and drill bits
• Wrench set
• Wall Anchors
• Stud Sensor
• Work Gloves
Other items you might want to consider, but may not fit in a tool box include a Power Drill and Drill Bits, yard maintenance items, and Ladder
Create your home maintenance kit before you need it, and keep it well-stocked at all times – if you use all the nails, replace them.
Create a Raleigh Home Maintenance Checklist
You know what they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. With that in mind, create a Home Maintenance Checklist with notes on what needs to be done and when – this makes it easy for the homeowner to keep up with regular maintenance. What should you include on your maintenance checklist? Include items that need to be done on an annual or seasonal basis, such as cleaning the gutters, what type of lawn fertilizer to apply when, trimming the trees, etc. Also, don’t forget to maintain your fire and carbon monoxide detectors on a regular basis – it’s recommended that batteries in these devices be changed every six months, so be sure to include that on your Home Maintenance Checklist.
Learn basic Maintenance Skills
There are some maintenance items that are best left to the professions, such as repairing a leaky roof, but homeowners can tackle a wide range of repairs themselves from patching a hole in a wall, fixing a leaky toilet, or replacing a faucet. All it takes is patience and a willingness to try. Always start by reading the directions included with any supplies you are purchasing and don’t forget that most professional store employees can offer practical advice. If all else fails, consult a video or article from a trusted source for additional help.
Electricity and Water Awareness
Know how to shut off your electricity and water, just in case. Find the shut-offs when you first move in and make sure everyone in the family knows where they are. And take the time then to test the breakers and label them clearly with permanent marker. That way there is no confusion if one gets tripped.
A Regular Deep Clean
On a regular basis, give your house a deep clean. Scrub the bathrooms, clean the kitchen appliances and floors and walls. Doing this will not only prevent the accumulation of dirt and grime, which could lead to bigger problems later on, but will also give you a chance to do a run-down of your house and see what needs fixing/updating/replacing.
And remember, you can always rely on your Capital City Real Estate Group Broker for helpful tips and referrals for trusted professionals whenever you need them.
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Marc Iafrate, MBA
Capital City Real Estate Group
(919) 390-7810 Office
8319 Six Forks Road, Suite 201
Raleigh, NC 27615