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Home Maintenance Information
Maintaining Your Home
Maintenance Advice For Homeowners
Upon Taking Ownership
After taking possession of a new home, there are some maintenance and safety issues that should be
addressed ASAP. The following list should help you undertake these improvements:
Change the locks on all exterior entrances and recode your garage door opener, for improved security.
Check that all windows and doors are secure. Improve window hardware as necessary. Security rods
can be added to sliding windows and doors. Consideration could also be given to a security system.
Install smoke detectors on each level of the home. Ensure that there is a smoke detector outside all
sleeping areas. Replace batteries on any existing smoke detectors and test them. Make a note to
replace batteries again in one year.
Create a plan of action in the event of a fire in your home. Ensure that there is an operable window or
door in every room of the house. Consult with your local fire department regarding fire safety issues and
what to do in the event of fire.
Examine driveways and walkways for trip hazards. Undertake repairs where necessary.
Examine the interior of the home for trip hazards. Loose or torn carpeting and flooring should be
Undertake improvements to all stairways, decks, porches and landings where there is a risk of falling or
Review your home inspection report for any items that require immediate improvement or further
investigation. Address these areas as required.
Install rain caps and vermin screens on all chimney flues, as necessary.
Investigate the location of the main shut-offs for the plumbing, heating, and electrical systems. If you
attended the home inspection, these items would have been pointed out to you.
Check that fire extinguisher(s) are fully charged. Re-charge if necessary.
Examine heating/cooling air filters and replace or clean as necessary.
Inspect and clean humidifiers and electronic air cleaners.
If the house has hot water heating, bleed radiator valves.
Clean gutters and downspouts. Ensure that downspouts are secure and that the discharge of the
downspouts is appropriate. Remove debris from window wells.
Carefully inspect the condition of shower enclosures. Repair or replace deteriorated grout and caulk.
Ensure that water is not escaping the enclosure during showering. Check below all plumbing fixtures for
evidence of leakage.
Repair or replace leaking faucets or shower heads. Check for loose tiles and cracked or missing grout.
Secure loose toilets to be snug but Do Not Over Tighten as this may crack the toilet, and repair flush
mechanisms that tend to leak or get clogged.
Spring and Fall
The roof should be examined for evidence of damage to roof coverings, flashings and chimneys.
Look in the attic (if accessible) to ensure that roof vents and soffit vents are not obstructed. Use
caution when painting the exterior not to paint over and plug the soffit vents. Check for evidence of
leakage, condensation, or vermin activity. Level out the insulation if needed.
Trim back tree branches and shrubs to ensure that they are not in contact with the house.
Inspect the exterior walls and foundation for evidence of damage, cracking or movement. Watch for
bird nests or other vermin or insect activity.
Survey the basement and/or crawl space walls for evidence of moisture seepage.
Look at overhead wires coming to the house. They should be secure and clear of trees or other
obstructions. Use caution if this is a problem and consider a professional for tree trimming close to
Check that the grade of the land around the house encourages water to flow away from the
foundation. The ground may settle causing pooling and infiltration of moisture. I recommend a minimum
of 6 ft. for all downspout extentions.
Inspect all driveways, walkways, decks, porches, and landscape components for evidence of
deterioration, movement, or safety hazards.
Clean the windows and test their operation. Check the caulking around doors and windows to ensure a
weather and pest tight seal. Check weather-stripping on the doors and windows as necessary. Watch
for evidence of rot in wood window frames. Paint and repair window sills and frames as necessary.
Test all ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) devices.
Shut off isolating valves for exterior hose bibs (faucets) in the fall, if below freezing temperatures are
Test the Temperature and Pressure Relief (TPR) Valve on water heaters.
Inspect for evidence of wood-boring insect activity. Eliminate any wood/soil contact around the
perimeter of the home.
Test the overhead garage door opener to ensure that the auto-reverse mechanism is responding
properly. Clean and lubricate hinges, rollers and tracks, and the gasket on overhead doors.
Replace or clean exhaust hood filters.
Clean, inspect and/or service all appliances as per the manufacturer's recommendations.
Replace smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries.
Have the heating, cooling and water heater systems cleaned and serviced.
Examine the electrical panels, wiring and electrical components for evidence of overheating. Ensure
that all components are secure. Flip the breakers on and off to ensure that they are not stuck in the on
Have chimneys inspected and cleaned. Ensure that rain caps and vermin screens are secure.
If the house has a well or a cistern, check and service the pump and holding tank. Have the water
quality tested. If the property has a septic system, have the system periodically pumped and inspected
(usually about every 3 years).
If your home is in an area prone to wood-destroying insects (termites, carpenter ants, etc.), have the
home annually inspected by a state licensed WDI inspector . Preventative treatments may be
recommended in some cases.
Prevention Is Always The Best Approach
Preventative maintenance is the best way to keep your house in good shape. It also reduces the risk of
unexpected repairs, small problems becoming big ones, and improves the odds of selling your house
quickly and at fair market value, when the time comes. Please feel free to contact our office (612 -
701-9672) should you have any questions regarding the operation, repair, or maintenance of your home.
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