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You have finally done it—you’ve moved into your new home. The smell of fresh paint still lingers in the air, and you’re likely consumed with unpacking, setting up furnishings, rearranging and decorating. But once the moving trucks have left and everything is neatly in its place, what do you do next? It’s time to get a handle on the routine maintenance you’ll need to perform in order to ensure that you and your family live comfortably in your new home for years to come. Here’s some advice to get you started and help save you money:

  • Maintaining a clean home ensures its longevity. Dust and dirt, if allowed to accumulate, can harm the finishes on blinds, cabinets, countertops, floors, sinks, tubs, toilets, walls, tiles and other items. If dirt does accumulate, make sure to use a cleaner that does not scratch or damage the finishes.
  • Make sure that gutters and downspouts do not get clogged with leaves or other objects. The exterior of your house is built to withstand exposure to the elements, but a periodic cleaning will improve the appearance and, in many instances, prolong the life of siding and other exterior products.
  • When you bought your home, you probably received a warranty from the builder on workmanship and materials. This warranty applies to problems related to the construction of the home, but it does not apply to problems that arise because of failure to perform routine maintenance. For example, if you develop a problem because water backed up in clogged gutters that you should have cleaned, the builder is not responsible for repairs.
  • Fully familiarize yourself with the terms of your warranty soon after you move into your home. With all the excitement surrounding a move into a new home, most people have little desire to curl up in front of the fireplace and read a legal document. Nonetheless, you should not wait until a problem arises to read your warranty. Set aside an hour to learn what your rights and responsibilities are from the outset.

Here are some additional tips for properly maintaining specific systems in your new home: 


Heating and Cooling Systems

  • Late summer or early fall are the ideal times to do an annual inspection and cleaning of these systems.
  • Change the filters every three months.
  • Keep your pilot light burning during the summer to help keep the furnace dry and prevent corrosion.
  • Registers help regulate the flow of air and maintain the desired temperature in your home.  Keep registers closed in rooms you don’t use to save on cooling/heating costs.
  • Using heat generating appliances in the evening and reducing the number of lights on will help keep the temperature down and save on costs during the summer.

Plumbing

  • Every member of your family should know where the intake valves are located.  Label each one.
  • If any of your appliances develop a leak, inspect your drain trap.  A partially clogged drain can cause overflow. Use a plunger or a plumber’s snake to unclog the drain. If you need to, use boiling water to help unclog a partially opened drain. Call a plumber if these techniques don’t work.
  • A worn washer, a loose part in a faucet or steam in a hot water pipe are generally the causes of a noisy pipe.  Do not hesitate to repair the noise—vibrations can follow the noise and lead to leaks.

Driveways

  • If you have an asphalt driveway, remove oil, gasoline and similar substances immediately with soapy water or other household substances such as dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent or cat litter.
  • To avoid holes in your asphalt driveway, refrain from resting patio furniture or bicycle stands on it.
  • Do not burn anything on your driveway.
  • When winter weather produces ice and snow, remove it promptly and avoid gouging your pavement while chipping away at ice.

Gutters and Downspouts

  • Clear away leaves, tree limbs and other debris from gutters and downspouts.
  • Downspouts should be turned away from your home’s foundation.
  • Every four to six years, paint gutters that are not made of aluminum or vinyl to help prevent rust. 

Look for more information about taking care of your new home on www.NAHB.org, or contact your local home builders association at (386) 226-1414.



  • Maintaining a clean home ensures its longevity. Dust and dirt, if allowed to accumulate, can harm the finishes on blinds, cabinets, countertops, floors, sinks, tubs, toilets, walls, tiles and other items. If dirt does accumulate, make sure to use a cleaner that does not scratch or damage the finishes.
  • Make sure that gutters and downspouts do not get clogged with leaves or other objects. The exterior of your house is built to withstand exposure to the elements, but a periodic cleaning will improve the appearance and, in many instances, prolong the life of siding and other exterior products.
  • When you bought your home, you probably received a warranty from the builder on workmanship and materials. This warranty applies to problems related to the construction of the home, but it does not apply to problems that arise because of failure to perform routine maintenance. For example, if you develop a problem because water backed up in clogged gutters that you should have cleaned, the builder is not responsible for repairs.
  • Fully familiarize yourself with the terms of your warranty soon after you move into your home. With all the excitement surrounding a move into a new home, most people have little desire to curl up in front of the fireplace and read a legal document. Nonetheless, you should not wait until a problem arises to read your warranty. Set aside an hour to learn what your rights and responsibilities are from the outset.

Here are some additional tips for properly maintaining specific systems in your new home.

Heating and Cooling Systems

  • Late summer or early fall are the ideal times to do an annual inspection and cleaning of these systems.
  • Change the filters every three months.
  • Keep your pilot light burning during the summer to help keep the furnace dry and prevent corrosion.
  • Registers help regulate the flow of air and maintain the desired temperature in your home.  Keep registers closed in rooms you don’t use to save on cooling/heating costs.
  • Using heat generating appliances in the evening and reducing the number of lights on will help keep the temperature down and save on costs during the summer.

Plumbing

  • Every member of your family should know where the intake valves are located.  Label each one.
  • If any of your appliances develop a leak, inspect your drain trap.  A partially clogged drain can cause overflow. Use a plunger or a plumber’s snake to unclog the drain. If you need to, use boiling water to help unclog a partially opened drain. Call a plumber if these techniques don’t work.
  • A worn washer, a loose part in a faucet or steam in a hot water pipe are generally the causes of a noisy pipe.  Do not hesitate to repair the noise—vibrations can follow the noise and lead to leaks.

Driveways

  • If you have an asphalt driveway, remove oil, gasoline and similar substances immediately with soapy water or other household substances such as dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent or cat litter.
  • To avoid holes in your asphalt driveway, refrain from resting patio furniture or bicycle stands on it.
  • Do not burn anything on your driveway.
  • When winter weather produces ice and snow, remove it promptly and avoid gouging your pavement while chipping away at ice.
  • Use kitty litter or sand for traction on tough patches of ice. Thawing and freezing agents using salt and chemicals can damage concrete, brick, mortar and asphalt.  Salt will kill grass, shrubs and trees as well—and wreaks havoc on leather-soled shoes.

Gutters and Downspouts

  • Clear away leaves, tree limbs and other debris from gutters and downspouts.
  • Downspouts should be turned away from your home’s foundation.
  • Every four to six years, paint gutters that are not made of aluminum or vinyl to help prevent rust. 

Remember to read the instruction manual for every appliance in your new home.  The manuals provide recommended cleaning and maintenance schedules and sometimes your warranty will become void if you don’t follow these recommendations.

Look for more information about taking care of your new home on www.NAHB.org, or contact your local home builders association at (386) 226-1414.

You’ve finally done it—you’ve moved into your new home. The smell of fresh paint still lingers in the air, and you’re likely consumed with unpacking, setting up furnishings, rearranging and decorating. But once the moving trucks have left and everything is neatly in its place, what do you do next? It’s time to get a handle on the routine maintenance you’ll need to perform in order to ensure that you and your family live comfortably in your new home for years to come. Here’s some advice to get you started and help save you money:

  • Maintaining a clean home ensures its longevity. Dust and dirt, if allowed to accumulate, can harm the finishes on blinds, cabinets, countertops, floors, sinks, tubs, toilets, walls, tiles and other items. If dirt does accumulate, make sure to use a cleaner that does not scratch or damage the finishes.
  • Make sure that gutters and downspouts do not get clogged with leaves or other objects. The exterior of your house is built to withstand exposure to the elements, but a periodic cleaning will improve the appearance and, in many instances, prolong the life of siding and other exterior products.
  • When you bought your home, you probably received a warranty from the builder on workmanship and materials. This warranty applies to problems related to the construction of the home, but it does not apply to problems that arise because of failure to perform routine maintenance. For example, if you develop a problem because water backed up in clogged gutters that you should have cleaned, the builder is not responsible for repairs.
  • Fully familiarize yourself with the terms of your warranty soon after you move into your home. With all the excitement surrounding a move into a new home, most people have little desire to curl up in front of the fireplace and read a legal document. Nonetheless, you should not wait until a problem arises to read your warranty. Set aside an hour to learn what your rights and responsibilities are from the outset.

Here are some additional tips for properly maintaining specific systems in your new home.

Heating and Cooling Systems

  • Late summer or early fall are the ideal times to do an annual inspection and cleaning of these systems.
  • Change the filters every three months.
  • Keep your pilot light burning during the summer to help keep the furnace dry and prevent corrosion.
  • Registers help regulate the flow of air and maintain the desired temperature in your home.  Keep registers closed in rooms you don’t use to save on cooling/heating costs.
  • Using heat generating appliances in the evening and reducing the number of lights on will help keep the temperature down and save on costs during the summer.

Plumbing

  • Every member of your family should know where the intake valves are located.  Label each one.
  • If any of your appliances develop a leak, inspect your drain trap.  A partially clogged drain can cause overflow. Use a plunger or a plumber’s snake to unclog the drain. If you need to, use boiling water to help unclog a partially opened drain. Call a plumber if these techniques don’t work.
  • A worn washer, a loose part in a faucet or steam in a hot water pipe are generally the causes of a noisy pipe.  Do not hesitate to repair the noise—vibrations can follow the noise and lead to leaks.

Driveways

  • If you have an asphalt driveway, remove oil, gasoline and similar substances immediately with soapy water or other household substances such as dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent or cat litter.
  • To avoid holes in your asphalt driveway, refrain from resting patio furniture or bicycle stands on it.
  • Do not burn anything on your driveway.
  • When winter weather produces ice and snow, remove it promptly and avoid gouging your pavement while chipping away at ice.
  • Use kitty litter or sand for traction on tough patches of ice. Thawing and freezing agents using salt and chemicals can damage concrete, brick, mortar and asphalt.  Salt will kill grass, shrubs and trees as well—and wreaks havoc on leather-soled shoes.

Gutters and Downspouts

  • Clear away leaves, tree limbs and other debris from gutters and downspouts.
  • Downspouts should be turned away from your home’s foundation.
  • Every four to six years, paint gutters that are not made of aluminum or vinyl to help prevent rust. 

Remember to read the instruction manual for every appliance in your new home.  The manuals provide recommended cleaning and maintenance schedules and sometimes your warranty will become void if you don’t follow these recommendations.

Look for more information about taking care of your new home on www.NAHB.org, or contact your local home builders association at (386) 226-1414.

You’ve finally done it—you’ve moved into your new home. The smell of fresh paint still lingers in the air, and you’re likely consumed with unpacking, setting up furnishings, rearranging and decorating. But once the moving trucks have left and everything is neatly in its place, what do you do next? It’s time to get a handle on the routine maintenance you’ll need to perform in order to ensure that you and your family live comfortably in your new home for years to come. Here’s some advice to get you started and help save you money:

  • Maintaining a clean home ensures its longevity. Dust and dirt, if allowed to accumulate, can harm the finishes on blinds, cabinets, countertops, floors, sinks, tubs, toilets, walls, tiles and other items. If dirt does accumulate, make sure to use a cleaner that does not scratch or damage the finishes.
  • Make sure that gutters and downspouts do not get clogged with leaves or other objects. The exterior of your house is built to withstand exposure to the elements, but a periodic cleaning will improve the appearance and, in many instances, prolong the life of siding and other exterior products.
  • When you bought your home, you probably received a warranty from the builder on workmanship and materials. This warranty applies to problems related to the construction of the home, but it does not apply to problems that arise because of failure to perform routine maintenance. For example, if you develop a problem because water backed up in clogged gutters that you should have cleaned, the builder is not responsible for repairs.
  • Fully familiarize yourself with the terms of your warranty soon after you move into your home. With all the excitement surrounding a move into a new home, most people have little desire to curl up in front of the fireplace and read a legal document. Nonetheless, you should not wait until a problem arises to read your warranty. Set aside an hour to learn what your rights and responsibilities are from the outset.

Here are some additional tips for properly maintaining specific systems in your new home.

Heating and Cooling Systems

  • Late summer or early fall are the ideal times to do an annual inspection and cleaning of these systems.
  • Change the filters every three months.
  • Keep your pilot light burning during the summer to help keep the furnace dry and prevent corrosion.
  • Registers help regulate the flow of air and maintain the desired temperature in your home.  Keep registers closed in rooms you don’t use to save on cooling/heating costs.
  • Using heat generating appliances in the evening and reducing the number of lights on will help keep the temperature down and save on costs during the summer.

Plumbing

  • Every member of your family should know where the intake valves are located.  Label each one.
  • If any of your appliances develop a leak, inspect your drain trap.  A partially clogged drain can cause overflow. Use a plunger or a plumber’s snake to unclog the drain. If you need to, use boiling water to help unclog a partially opened drain. Call a plumber if these techniques don’t work.
  • A worn washer, a loose part in a faucet or steam in a hot water pipe are generally the causes of a noisy pipe.  Do not hesitate to repair the noise—vibrations can follow the noise and lead to leaks.

Driveways

  • If you have an asphalt driveway, remove oil, gasoline and similar substances immediately with soapy water or other household substances such as dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent or cat litter.
  • To avoid holes in your asphalt driveway, refrain from resting patio furniture or bicycle stands on it.
  • Do not burn anything on your driveway.
  • When winter weather produces ice and snow, remove it promptly and avoid gouging your pavement while chipping away at ice.
  • Use kitty litter or sand for traction on tough patches of ice. Thawing and freezing agents using salt and chemicals can damage concrete, brick, mortar and asphalt.  Salt will kill grass, shrubs and trees as well—and wreaks havoc on leather-soled shoes.

Gutters and Downspouts

  • Clear away leaves, tree limbs and other debris from gutters and downspouts.
  • Downspouts should be turned away from your home’s foundation.
  • Every four to six years, paint gutters that are not made of aluminum or vinyl to help prevent rust. 

Remember to read the instruction manual for every appliance in your new home.  The manuals provide recommended cleaning and maintenance schedules and sometimes your warranty will become void if you don’t follow these recommendations.

Look for more information about taking care of your new home on www.NAHB.org, or contact your local home builders association at (386) 226-1414.

You’ve finally done it—you’ve moved into your new home. The smell of fresh paint still lingers in the air, and you’re likely consumed with unpacking, setting up furnishings, rearranging and decorating. But once the moving trucks have left and everything is neatly in its place, what do you do next? It’s time to get a handle on the routine maintenance you’ll need to perform in order to ensure that you and your family live comfortably in your new home for years to come. Here’s some advice to get you started and help save you money:

  • Maintaining a clean home ensures its longevity. Dust and dirt, if allowed to accumulate, can harm the finishes on blinds, cabinets, countertops, floors, sinks, tubs, toilets, walls, tiles and other items. If dirt does accumulate, make sure to use a cleaner that does not scratch or damage the finishes.
  • Make sure that gutters and downspouts do not get clogged with leaves or other objects. The exterior of your house is built to withstand exposure to the elements, but a periodic cleaning will improve the appearance and, in many instances, prolong the life of siding and other exterior products.
  • When you bought your home, you probably received a warranty from the builder on workmanship and materials. This warranty applies to problems related to the construction of the home, but it does not apply to problems that arise because of failure to perform routine maintenance. For example, if you develop a problem because water backed up in clogged gutters that you should have cleaned, the builder is not responsible for repairs.
  • Fully familiarize yourself with the terms of your warranty soon after you move into your home. With all the excitement surrounding a move into a new home, most people have little desire to curl up in front of the fireplace and read a legal document. Nonetheless, you should not wait until a problem arises to read your warranty. Set aside an hour to learn what your rights and responsibilities are from the outset.

Here are some additional tips for properly maintaining specific systems in your new home.

Heating and Cooling Systems

  • Late summer or early fall are the ideal times to do an annual inspection and cleaning of these systems.
  • Change the filters every three months.
  • Keep your pilot light burning during the summer to help keep the furnace dry and prevent corrosion.
  • Registers help regulate the flow of air and maintain the desired temperature in your home.  Keep registers closed in rooms you don’t use to save on cooling/heating costs.
  • Using heat generating appliances in the evening and reducing the number of lights on will help keep the temperature down and save on costs during the summer.

Plumbing

  • Every member of your family should know where the intake valves are located.  Label each one.
  • If any of your appliances develop a leak, inspect your drain trap.  A partially clogged drain can cause overflow. Use a plunger or a plumber’s snake to unclog the drain. If you need to, use boiling water to help unclog a partially opened drain. Call a plumber if these techniques don’t work.
  • A worn washer, a loose part in a faucet or steam in a hot water pipe are generally the causes of a noisy pipe.  Do not hesitate to repair the noise—vibrations can follow the noise and lead to leaks.

Driveways

  • If you have an asphalt driveway, remove oil, gasoline and similar substances immediately with soapy water or other household substances such as dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent or cat litter.
  • To avoid holes in your asphalt driveway, refrain from resting patio furniture or bicycle stands on it.
  • Do not burn anything on your driveway.
  • When winter weather produces ice and snow, remove it promptly and avoid gouging your pavement while chipping away at ice.
  • Use kitty litter or sand for traction on tough patches of ice. Thawing and freezing agents using salt and chemicals can damage concrete, brick, mortar and asphalt.  Salt will kill grass, shrubs and trees as well—and wreaks havoc on leather-soled shoes.

Gutters and Downspouts

  • Clear away leaves, tree limbs and other debris from gutters and downspouts.
  • Downspouts should be turned away from your home’s foundation.
  • Every four to six years, paint gutters that are not made of aluminum or vinyl to help prevent rust. 

Remember to read the instruction manual for every appliance in your new home.  The manuals provide recommended cleaning and maintenance schedules and sometimes your warranty will become void if you don’t follow these recommendations.

Look for more information about taking care of your new home on www.NAHB.org, or contact your local home builders association at (386) 226-1414.

You’ve finally done it—you’ve moved into your new home. The smell of fresh paint still lingers in the air, and you’re likely consumed with unpacking, setting up furnishings, rearranging and decorating. But once the moving trucks have left and everything is neatly in its place, what do you do next? It’s time to get a handle on the routine maintenance you’ll need to perform in order to ensure that you and your family live comfortably in your new home for years to come. Here’s some advice to get you started and help save you money:

  • Maintaining a clean home ensures its longevity. Dust and dirt, if allowed to accumulate, can harm the finishes on blinds, cabinets, countertops, floors, sinks, tubs, toilets, walls, tiles and other items. If dirt does accumulate, make sure to use a cleaner that does not scratch or damage the finishes.
  • Make sure that gutters and downspouts do not get clogged with leaves or other objects. The exterior of your house is built to withstand exposure to the elements, but a periodic cleaning will improve the appearance and, in many instances, prolong the life of siding and other exterior products.
  • When you bought your home, you probably received a warranty from the builder on workmanship and materials. This warranty applies to problems related to the construction of the home, but it does not apply to problems that arise because of failure to perform routine maintenance. For example, if you develop a problem because water backed up in clogged gutters that you should have cleaned, the builder is not responsible for repairs.
  • Fully familiarize yourself with the terms of your warranty soon after you move into your home. With all the excitement surrounding a move into a new home, most people have little desire to curl up in front of the fireplace and read a legal document. Nonetheless, you should not wait until a problem arises to read your warranty. Set aside an hour to learn what your rights and responsibilities are from the outset.

Here are some additional tips for properly maintaining specific systems in your new home.

Heating and Cooling Systems

  • Late summer or early fall are the ideal times to do an annual inspection and cleaning of these systems.
  • Change the filters every three months.
  • Keep your pilot light burning during the summer to help keep the furnace dry and prevent corrosion.
  • Registers help regulate the flow of air and maintain the desired temperature in your home.  Keep registers closed in rooms you don’t use to save on cooling/heating costs.
  • Using heat generating appliances in the evening and reducing the number of lights on will help keep the temperature down and save on costs during the summer.

Plumbing

  • Every member of your family should know where the intake valves are located.  Label each one.
  • If any of your appliances develop a leak, inspect your drain trap.  A partially clogged drain can cause overflow. Use a plunger or a plumber’s snake to unclog the drain. If you need to, use boiling water to help unclog a partially opened drain. Call a plumber if these techniques don’t work.
  • A worn washer, a loose part in a faucet or steam in a hot water pipe are generally the causes of a noisy pipe.  Do not hesitate to repair the noise—vibrations can follow the noise and lead to leaks.

Driveways

  • If you have an asphalt driveway, remove oil, gasoline and similar substances immediately with soapy water or other household substances such as dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent or cat litter.
  • To avoid holes in your asphalt driveway, refrain from resting patio furniture or bicycle stands on it.
  • Do not burn anything on your driveway.
  • When winter weather produces ice and snow, remove it promptly and avoid gouging your pavement while chipping away at ice.
  • Use kitty litter or sand for traction on tough patches of ice. Thawing and freezing agents using salt and chemicals can damage concrete, brick, mortar and asphalt.  Salt will kill grass, shrubs and trees as well—and wreaks havoc on leather-soled shoes.

Gutters and Downspouts

  • Clear away leaves, tree limbs and other debris from gutters and downspouts.
  • Downspouts should be turned away from your home’s foundation.
  • Every four to six years, paint gutters that are not made of aluminum or vinyl to help prevent rust. 

Remember to read the instruction manual for every appliance in your new home.  The manuals provide recommended cleaning and maintenance schedules and sometimes your warranty will become void if you don’t follow these recommendations.

Look for more information about taking care of your new home on www.NAHB.org, or contact your local home builders association at (386) 226-1414.





You’ve finally done it—you’ve moved into your new home. The smell of fresh paint still lingers in the air, and you’re likely consumed with unpacking, setting up furnishings, rearranging and decorating. But once the moving trucks have left and everything is neatly in its place, what do you do next? It’s time to get a handle on the routine maintenance you’ll need to perform in order to ensure that you and your family live comfortably in your new home for years to come. Here’s some advice to get you started and help save you money:

  • Maintaining a clean home ensures its longevity. Dust and dirt, if allowed to accumulate, can harm the finishes on blinds, cabinets, countertops, floors, sinks, tubs, toilets, walls, tiles and other items. If dirt does accumulate, make sure to use a cleaner that does not scratch or damage the finishes.
  • Make sure that gutters and downspouts do not get clogged with leaves or other objects. The exterior of your house is built to withstand exposure to the elements, but a periodic cleaning will improve the appearance and, in many instances, prolong the life of siding and other exterior products.
  • When you bought your home, you probably received a warranty from the builder on workmanship and materials. This warranty applies to problems related to the construction of the home, but it does not apply to problems that arise because of failure to perform routine maintenance. For example, if you develop a problem because water backed up in clogged gutters that you should have cleaned, the builder is not responsible for repairs.
  • Fully familiarize yourself with the terms of your warranty soon after you move into your home. With all the excitement surrounding a move into a new home, most people have little desire to curl up in front of the fireplace and read a legal document. Nonetheless, you should not wait until a problem arises to read your warranty. Set aside an hour to learn what your rights and responsibilities are from the outset.

Here are some additional tips for properly maintaining specific systems in your new home.

Heating and Cooling Systems

  • Late summer or early fall are the ideal times to do an annual inspection and cleaning of these systems.
  • Change the filters every three months.
  • Keep your pilot light burning during the summer to help keep the furnace dry and prevent corrosion.
  • Registers help regulate the flow of air and maintain the desired temperature in your home.  Keep registers closed in rooms you don’t use to save on cooling/heating costs.
  • Using heat generating appliances in the evening and reducing the number of lights on will help keep the temperature down and save on costs during the summer.

Plumbing

  • Every member of your family should know where the intake valves are located.  Label each one.
  • If any of your appliances develop a leak, inspect your drain trap.  A partially clogged drain can cause overflow. Use a plunger or a plumber’s snake to unclog the drain. If you need to, use boiling water to help unclog a partially opened drain. Call a plumber if these techniques don’t work.
  • A worn washer, a loose part in a faucet or steam in a hot water pipe are generally the causes of a noisy pipe.  Do not hesitate to repair the noise—vibrations can follow the noise and lead to leaks.

Driveways

  • If you have an asphalt driveway, remove oil, gasoline and similar substances immediately with soapy water or other household substances such as dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent or cat litter.
  • To avoid holes in your asphalt driveway, refrain from resting patio furniture or bicycle stands on it.
  • Do not burn anything on your driveway.
  • When winter weather produces ice and snow, remove it promptly and avoid gouging your pavement while chipping away at ice.
  • Use kitty litter or sand for traction on tough patches of ice. Thawing and freezing agents using salt and chemicals can damage concrete, brick, mortar and asphalt.  Salt will kill grass, shrubs and trees as well—and wreaks havoc on leather-soled shoes.

Gutters and Downspouts

  • Clear away leaves, tree limbs and other debris from gutters and downspouts.
  • Downspouts should be turned away from your home’s foundation.
  • Every four to six years, paint gutters that are not made of aluminum or vinyl to help prevent rust. 

Remember to read the instruction manual for every appliance in your new home.  The manuals provide recommended cleaning and maintenance schedules and sometimes your warranty will become void if you don’t follow these recommendations.

Look for more information about taking care of your new home on www.NAHB.org, or contact your local home builders association at (386) 226-1414.

You’ve finally done it—you’ve moved into your new home. The smell of fresh paint still lingers in the air, and you’re likely consumed with unpacking, setting up furnishings, rearranging and decorating. But once the moving trucks have left and everything is neatly in its place, what do you do next? It’s time to get a handle on the routine maintenance you’ll need to perform in order to ensure that you and your family live comfortably in your new home for years to come. Here’s some advice to get you started and help save you money:

  • Maintaining a clean home ensures its longevity. Dust and dirt, if allowed to accumulate, can harm the finishes on blinds, cabinets, countertops, floors, sinks, tubs, toilets, walls, tiles and other items. If dirt does accumulate, make sure to use a cleaner that does not scratch or damage the finishes.
  • Make sure that gutters and downspouts do not get clogged with leaves or other objects. The exterior of your house is built to withstand exposure to the elements, but a periodic cleaning will improve the appearance and, in many instances, prolong the life of siding and other exterior products.
  • When you bought your home, you probably received a warranty from the builder on workmanship and materials. This warranty applies to problems related to the construction of the home, but it does not apply to problems that arise because of failure to perform routine maintenance. For example, if you develop a problem because water backed up in clogged gutters that you should have cleaned, the builder is not responsible for repairs.
  • Fully familiarize yourself with the terms of your warranty soon after you move into your home. With all the excitement surrounding a move into a new home, most people have little desire to curl up in front of the fireplace and read a legal document. Nonetheless, you should not wait until a problem arises to read your warranty. Set aside an hour to learn what your rights and responsibilities are from the outset.

Here are some additional tips for properly maintaining specific systems in your new home.

Heating and Cooling Systems

  • Late summer or early fall are the ideal times to do an annual inspection and cleaning of these systems.
  • Change the filters every three months.
  • Keep your pilot light burning during the summer to help keep the furnace dry and prevent corrosion.
  • Registers help regulate the flow of air and maintain the desired temperature in your home.  Keep registers closed in rooms you don’t use to save on cooling/heating costs.
  • Using heat generating appliances in the evening and reducing the number of lights on will help keep the temperature down and save on costs during the summer.

Plumbing

  • Every member of your family should know where the intake valves are located.  Label each one.
  • If any of your appliances develop a leak, inspect your drain trap.  A partially clogged drain can cause overflow. Use a plunger or a plumber’s snake to unclog the drain. If you need to, use boiling water to help unclog a partially opened drain. Call a plumber if these techniques don’t work.
  • A worn washer, a loose part in a faucet or steam in a hot water pipe are generally the causes of a noisy pipe.  Do not hesitate to repair the noise—vibrations can follow the noise and lead to leaks.

Driveways

  • If you have an asphalt driveway, remove oil, gasoline and similar substances immediately with soapy water or other household substances such as dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent or cat litter.
  • To avoid holes in your asphalt driveway, refrain from resting patio furniture or bicycle stands on it.
  • Do not burn anything on your driveway.
  • When winter weather produces ice and snow, remove it promptly and avoid gouging your pavement while chipping away at ice.
  • Use kitty litter or sand for traction on tough patches of ice. Thawing and freezing agents using salt and chemicals can damage concrete, brick, mortar and asphalt.  Salt will kill grass, shrubs and trees as well—and wreaks havoc on leather-soled shoes.

Gutters and Downspouts

  • Clear away leaves, tree limbs and other debris from gutters and downspouts.
  • Downspouts should be turned away from your home’s foundation.
  • Every four to six years, paint gutters that are not made of aluminum or vinyl to help prevent rust. 

Remember to read the instruction manual for every appliance in your new home.  The manuals provide recommended cleaning and maintenance schedules and sometimes your warranty will become void if you don’t follow these recommendations.

Look for more information about taking care of your new home on www.NAHB.org, or contact your local home builders association at (386) 226-1414.


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