The joy of becoming a first-time homeowner is unlike any other, buying your first home is a significant milestone and a cornerstone of the Australian dream.
The moment you purchase your first home, you get an insight into the secret lives of homeowners and landlords. You discover how much homeowners do and gain a new appreciation for the amount of effort that landlords put into maintaining their homes.
Now that you are a homeowner, you cannot rely on your landlord to take care of building or apartment maintenance; you are in charge, and it is your duty now.
Now that you own property inspecting your abode should become an essential part of your routine. Inspections should include floors, carpets, and decking areas, as well as power outlets, windows, doors, walls, and ceiling integrity.
Carpet cleaning should be a priority, especially as spring arrives along with increased dust, pollen, and other allergens are moved about by windy conditions.
It would help if you carried out daily inspections, weekly, quarterly as well as seasonal inspections to ensure that you spot issues before they spiral out of control.
Make time to check that different parts of your home are intact such as above-ground plumbing, electrical wiring as well as trimming your yard if you have a garden.
Audit Energy Consumption
Having a better understanding of your energy consumption will help you ascertain how to manage energy better, saving you money while simultaneously helping our environment.
An energy audit should be performed within a year of moving into your new home, and this is a great way to lower the cost of operating your home.
Utility companies offer auditing services for free or for a small fee, so they are worth considering.
Restore Power to Broken Outlets
It is relatively easy for homeowners to ignore minor issues that can lead to more significant problems down the road; one of the most overlooked aspects is dead outlets.
Endeavour to inspect the outlets in your home quarterly or bi-annually, ascertain whether or not they are working. If you find malfunctioning sources, we recommend that you immediately contact a professional to fix them.
Faulty outlets can be an indication of a more serious issue.
Stay on Top of Air Conditioning
Due to the nature of our climate here in Australia, the last thing you want is for your air conditioner to malfunction especially during summer months.
You need an air conditioning maintenance schedule. If your AC malfunctions or breaks, this can result in discomfort in your home as well as costly repairs.
Air conditioners require frequent cleaning of the fins, coils, and filters. Failure to do this will lead to a decline in performance and result in more expensive power bills.
Recaulk or regrout your bathrooms, showers, and tubs.
Most bathrooms feature caulk or grout as a filler between your tiles; they will eventually show signs of wear and tear over time.
Look out for signs of peeling, mildew, or crumbling. When they begin to show up, it is time for a touch-up. Always take great care of your washrooms.
Use Weather Stripping
When next you take a look at your windows and doors, look out for those rubber or metal strips that seal gaps, these are weather strips.
These materials are in place to restrict air leaks, but they tend to wear out over time. Missing or faulty weather stripping can account for up to a third of home energy loss.
Insulate Hot-Water Pipes and Heaters
Water heating safety is a priority. If you have ever touched the surface of a water heater while it is running, you will notice that it can get excessively hot and lose a considerable amount of heat.
A great way to keep home maintenance costs low would be to insulate water heaters and pipes, and if you can save a higher amount of warmth within the tank, it will drastically reduce the cost of operating water heaters.
Here are just a few tips for keeping your new home safe and comfortable.
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