Are there any tips or recommendations for maintaining my home once I have moved in?

There are a few things you can do that help keep your house in good repair:

  • Watering evenly around the foundation to minimize movement.
  • Keep all tree limbs cut back at least 4′ from the roof.
  • Increase attic ventilation to promote roof longevity and lower monthly bills.
  • Gutters with extended downspouts that move water away from the foundation can help prevent excessive foundation movement. Keep gutters free of debris.
  • Consult a drainage specialist when changing, adding or improving landscaping on your lot.
  • Flush the water heater tank twice yearly to prevent sediment buildup and increase the life of the tank.
  • Flush the HVAC condensate drain line with a cup of bleach every six months.
  • Make sure the HVAC compressor is level and free from shrubs, vines and debris.
  • The HVAC filters should be changed regularly, depending on filter type.
  • Install backflow preventers on all exterior faucets.
  • Install smoke detectors in all bedrooms and living areas. A carbon monoxide detector should also be installed per floor or HVAC zone.
  • Have the fireplace and flu cleaned after every 2 cords of wood burned to prevent buildup.
  • Periodically check plumbing for leaks and drips.
  • Have routine WDI inspections to keep your home free of insect infestation.


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