So you have entered the world of home ownership. This is an exciting stage that brings with it great excitement, responsibility and fear. A first home is an important stage in life. It is where families are started, and where equity for the future is built. Knowing how to protect and enhance that investment is an important part of owning a home.
Start With The Basics
The first thing that new home owners should do is to take a basic walk through of the home and check on some essential factors of the home. While the overall inspection was done before the purchase of the home, after taking possession is when a more intense walk through should take place.
Don’t forget to inspect your roof and if it is in bad condition, you will have a question: How should I prepare for the installation of my new roof? All you can do is hire a professional roof repair company which knows exactly what to do.
This stage will ensure that all the basic utilities are working at peak performance. One of the first things that should be double checked is the plumbing. Plumbing is essential for all of those tasks that we do everyday. Showering, laundry, dishes, and even flushing the toilet entail properly working plumbing.
Check all the faucets. This is where the ever so small leak can happen and be overlooked when considering the home for purchase. If there are wet spots or leaks, be sure to change gaskets and tighten fixtures. Stopping that small leak will save a significant amount of money in the long run. It will slso prevent to formation of mold that can become a health risk for those living in the home.
Consider wrapping your exposed pipes with insulation as well. Wrapping the pipes does far more than aid in preventing them from bursting in colder winter months. When the pipes are wrapped it can help to make the water in the pipes warmer, saving money on the need to heat them as hot as unwrapped pipes would be.
This is also true of a water heater blanket. If the water heater does not have one, seriously consider getting one for it. This blanket can aid in keeping the water warmer longer cutting the need for it to kick on to reheat the water. Saving money is good no matter what steps aretaken to do so.
New home ownership comes with a set of keys. Although there is no way of knowing how many of those keys are floating around. The realtor obviously hands you the keys that they have, but prior owners may still have the keys to the locks. Many new home owners change the locks to the doors first thing. This is a preventative measure that ensures that the only people who have access to the home and its contents are the rightful people who live there.