What to Look for When You Move to a New Home
Just Moved Into a New House? Relax with These Tips
If you have just moved into a new home, you may have found that it is far from perfect. You may also be experiencing problems in your existing home. Here are some tips that can help fix problems without costing too much.
Check Your HVAC System Regularly
One of the most important things to do in any home is to have your HVAC system checked on a regular basis. You need to check your system’s air filters once a month (at least) and change them if necessary. You should change the filters when you move into a new house as matter of course, as you have no way of knowing how old they are. If you look after your HVAC system, it will last longer as well as saving you money on your electricity bills.
Clean Guttering and Downspouts
If you have trees and bushes in your garden, you will be aware that the wind will blow leaves and other natural materials into guttering and downspouts. Sometimes birds build their nests in guttering too. You need to check at least once a year to avoid an expensive catastrophe such as a leaking basement or a cracked foundation.
Regularly Check for Water Leaks
If you spot a water leak quickly that can save you money. If you don’t fix them as soon as you find them, you might have mildew, mold and rot to contend with. Examine your roof at least once a year and after snow, heavy rain and high winds.
Seal Air Leaks
Caulk, seal and put weather stripping on your home’s cracks, seals and openings. To find out if there are air leaks, on a particular windy day, light an incense stick and hold it next to a place that could be the source of a leak. If the smoke moves, there may be a leak which should be sealed.
It’s better to catch such problems early to avoid unnecessary expenses occurring at a later date, simply because you have been negligent in household maintenance duties.