It is common for new homeowners to be overwhelmed by financial demands, maintenance crises, home security issues and disasters that result from innovations due to their lack of experience. Here
are the 6 things that every new homeowner needs to do NOW.
Take Action Now to Save Later
New homeowners should learn to take action before the problems worsen. This means they must take action NOW when any fault is detected through the home inspection process. For instance, fixing a leaking ceiling can help prevent replacing it in entirety when it comes down. The former is more affordable since only the leaking part is fixed, hence saving on the high cost it would take to replace the whole ceiling.
Get to Know the Enemy
The worst enemy of any home is the damages that can result from water leakages. Kitchens as well as laundry and bathrooms should be inspected for leakages and fixed before the water causes havoc in the home. A gutter system should be used to protect the foundation of the home from water damages.
Inspect Roofs and Warranties
Roofs that are at least 12 years old should be inspected. Flashings should not be deteriorated or flaky and binoculars used to inspect the roofs for shingles that are broken, instead of climbing directly on the roof. Homeowners should also check for the warranty of items that are covered and incase they are faulty, use it to get them repaired.
Alarm Monitoring and Inspection of the Electrical System
Inspect the home’s electrical system and label the breakers. Find out circuits and the outlets they serve. Breakers that are overloaded are indicated by tripped circuits; they should be fixed as soon as possible. Appliances bought should have an electrical current supported by the electrical circuits.
Homes that are at least 10 years old should have their electrical systems updated to meet the current standards. All sinks, garages, laundry rooms and outlets outside of the home should have close installations of GFCI outlets. The missing covers of outlets should be replaced and screws tightened. Where permanent wiring exists, extension cords should never be used.
In order to improve home security, homeowners should also inspect alarm systems to ensure that they are in top working conditions.
Inspect the Home for Leaks
Plumbing items and fixtures should be inspected by new homeowners. Corroded and rusted sinks as well as toilets should be replaced. Leaking faucets should be replaced with similar models. Blocked drains should be unblocked damaged flapper valves in toilets replaced.
Buy an Insurance Policy
There are insurance policies that have been designed to offer protection of homes in case of any eventualities. New homeowners should consider investing in such home policies that meet their specific needs.