You scrimped and saved, went to way too many open houses, maybe lost out on a few bids. But you (finally) got through closing and emerged triumphant on the other side.
So first things first – Congratulations!
But once you’ve moved in, met the neighbors and found the fastest (or maybe even nicest) routes around town, you’re ready to take the next step: learning how to take care of your home.
If you’ve been lucky enough to have a landlord or super who took care of things like leaks, heat and slippery sidewalks, you got a first-class look at the essence of what it means to own a home: regular maintenance.
So here's a mini-maintenance guide to help you get started for the next 12 months.
Long-time homeowners, don’t click away yet – you’d probably find these maintenance tasks useful as well.
Before we break things down by month during your first year, let's start with a few overarching notes.
This mini guide can feel repetitive. Seriously, there is a lot of information about vents. But there are at least three reasons repeat items keep showing up on home maintenance lists:
Leaving a hose outside in the winter may not dent your budget, but if you skip some of these checks, small problems could require costly fixes.
Also, different seasons can help you detect different challenges. For example: A snow-covered roof can look pretty. A patchy melt pattern could mean you need better insulation and can leave you susceptible to water damage.
With that out of the way, on to the seasonal breakdown.
Taking care of your home in the fall is as much about handling the current weather as it is about getting your home ready for winter.
Spring tasks may feel a lot like what you did during the fall, and with good reason: in fall, you essentially got your home ready for hibernation. In the spring, it’s time to open the windows and start waking things up.
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