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Maintenance Tips:

The following document is an insert, enclosed within our home inspection reports for each of our new home owner clients. Why not print a copy for your own use to help with the maintenance your own home?

New Home Owners:

Upon taking possessions of your new home, there are a few items which need to be addressed right away for maintenance as well as for personal and family safety.

  • Read / review the entire home inspections report. Correct any item listed in both the summary and the report not corrected prior to the official closing.
  • Change all the exterior door locks and entrance codes for added security.
  • Check all the windows for proper locking. (Only random samplings of windows are inspected).
  • Change the burglar / fire alarm code to a code familiar to you.
  • Change batteries in all smoke detectors.
  • Change the batteries in the radon detectors (if applicable).
  • Check for fire extinguishers at the kitchen and laundry rooms. Replace if not properly charged
  • Create a fire escape plan and a designated meeting location in event of fire or disasters
  • If the furnace filter is noted as dirty replace with a new filter (Write the service date and filter size on the inside of the furnace filter door).
  • Check to make sure the rain gutter are clean (95% of the homes inspected contain debris).
  • Located the main water shut off (this information is also contained in the home inspection).

Bi-monthly Home Care:

  • Check the furnace filter replace if needed
  • Check and clean electronic air cleaners
  • Clean rain gutters and downspouts. (Make sure the splash blocks are sloped so the rain water will drain away from the home)
  • Test smoke alarms
  • Examine all faucets for dripping action, repair as needed
  • Clean exhaust filter over the kitchen stove
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