Buying a new home can be an exciting, confusing, and frightening experience all rolled into one. After moving in many people think the hard part is over, but this is where your journey begins! When you’re done unloading the truck and changing the locks, comb through this new homeowner checklist.
- Service Your HVAC System – The previous owners might not have taken care of their heating and cooling system. First things first, replace all of the air filters to allow for a clean flow of air. Afterward, contact an HVAC technician to service the system and clean out the air ducts. This will improve energy efficiency and your home’s air quality.
- Seal Windows & Doors – Sometimes doors and windows do not fit perfectly within their frames, thus allowing the indoor temperature to change for the worse. Grab your trusty caulk and seal any cracks or holes that might be contributing to this. Also, consider installing weatherstripping to create a tight seal. After doing this, your HVAC system won’t have to work as hard to cool (or heat) your home.
- Inspect the Crawl Space – This area of the house is the leading contributor for poor air quality thanks to excess moisture and mold. Have your crawl space inspected, cleaned, sealed, and insulated to keep moisture from accumulating. A moldy home is not one you can breathe easy in.
- Exterior Repair – Walk around the outside of your home and assess the siding materials. Account for cracks, holes, buckling, and how faded the color is. Depending on the material and its condition, you can get away with giving it a good scrubbing, a few patches, and a fresh coat of paint. However, make sure that the siding as a whole is properly protecting your house.
- Roof Assessment – Hire a professional or grab yourself a ladder and head up to the roof. Check the condition of the roofing shingles, flashing, and the gutter system. There should be no missing, lifted, or worn out shingles — if so, have them replaced. Flashing should be fit tightly and secure in areas where the roof meets other valleys, chimneys, etc. The gutter system should flow seamlessly with no holes or cracks AND it should be cleaned of any debris.
Being a new homeowner can be a fun and exciting time, but it entails a lot of hard work that needs to be done as soon as you move in. When you need a professional to repair your siding, roof, or gutter system, contact the expert installers at Preferred Exterior. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.