New Year New Me! Many of you may be thinking “Hey, 2017 is the year I make the transition from renter to homeowner!” As every homeowner can tell you, this big step comes with a lot of responsibility that one must be prepared for. There’s no longer going to be a landlord you can rely on to take care of your issues. For this reason, it is important that you keep tabs on and inspect any potential threats to your home’s well being to save yourself from tragedies in the future.
Below we’ve provided you with a brief overview of some areas of your home to inspect both before and after your purchase.
Check all the drains around your home. Make sure there is no debris blocking them from working efficiently. Check the concrete around your home. Contrary to popular belief, concrete is a porous material and expands based on temperature changes and stress. Hairline fractures are usually cosmetic, but check for any larger fractures that could cause a threat to the foundation. Periodically seal cracks with caulk or cement to prevent further damage.
It is best to avoid walking on your roof as much as possible. This can cause damage to your shingles that can lead to leaks. Looks around your roof for any missing shingles or damage and have it repaired as soon as possible. Enter your attic and look for any obvious damage, holes, or leaks. Especially in cold season like this winter, ice dams can accumulate on your roof allowing water to enter beneath your shingles and into your attic.
Check you siding materials at least once every six months. Check around all windows, check for separation, gaps, cracks, or any damaged sections that could require repair.
Check your heating and cooling systems as you transition into each season to make sure they’re working effectively. Make sure all your vents and returns are free from any blockages including debris outside or furniture inside.
Regularly check and replace your air filters. This will provide a much better air quality in your home that not only will reduce chances of mold or other issues, it will keep you healthier as well!
Especially in cold seasons, make sure not to overload your electrical system. We’ve recently written a more in depth article on electrical that you can look back to for more information.
Check your smoke detectors every six months to ensure that the batteries still have power in them and they are still working properly. While this may be an annoying task, it will save you from a much bigger expense in the future.
Make sure to provide a sufficient amount of ventilation to your home’s bathrooms. Too much moisture provides an ideal environment for mold and bacteria to grow. Make sure to clean surfaces regularly with a soft disinfectant.
Chimney & Fireplaces
Your fireplace, chimney, and fluke should be inspected and cleaned annually. Before building the first fire of the season, check the fluke for soot build-up, and inspect the fireplace for loose or cracked firebrick. Always keep your damper closed when not using your fireplace, to stop heat from escaping up the chimney. Do not burn pressure treated wood, scrap lumber, Christmas trees, trash, cardboard, plastic or any flammable material. Burning these materials may cause brick or fluke liners to crack.
Keep in mind, this is a brief list of just a few things you should be looking at when buying a home and when taking care of your home after purchase. If you have any questions or would like our advice on an issue you’ve found, call 541-381-7853 and we will do you best to help you.