As a new homeowner, there are steps that you can take that will save you both time and money. You should not think that the house will do just fine for a while without anything being done to it. After all, your home inspection report came back with just a few items needing attention and they were already taken care of. Even if you were handed the keys to a brand new house, there are things that you need to do on a regular basis to avoid major damage in the future.
Always think of moisture not only as your home's enemy, buy also your enemy. If moisture gets into the house's wood, walls or foundation, it will cause you damage that sometimes cannot even imagine. Therefore, it is best to try to keep moisture out right from the beginning and avoid major hassles.
The first place to start is with the exterior of your home. If the house was freshly painted prior to the sale, try to find out what kind of paint was used. Premium quality exterior paint is always better than paint which may contain cheap fillers such as clay. You want your home's exterior to be coated top to bottom with premium paint, which has more titanium oxide. You can actually feel the difference between cheap (feels gritty) and quality paint (feels as smooth as pearls) when rubbed between your index finger and thumb. If the salesperson at the paint store refuses to allow you to feel the paint, let them know you are going to check whether the competition lets you feel the paint as you walk out the door.
You need to check wooden surfaces such as your deck for moisture or signs that moisture has gotten into it. You can check the moisture in your wooden deck with a moisture meter that you can borrow from the paint store where you got quality paint for your home's exterior. On a dry, warm, sunny summer day, check and see if moisture has gotten into your deck. If it has, you will need to stain or treat it and you will need to this every year or every other year, especially if you live in an area with lots of rain or humidity.
Check your home's gutters around three times per year and remove the accumulated gunk. You will find that leaves, pine needles and other foreign materials will collect there and clog your gutters. You will also need to check the water drains to make sure they are not clogged. If they are, water will get into your crawl spaces, which is another area you need to check. However, your crawl spaces are best checked after the autumn rains begin to see whether there is any water accumulation.
Of course, there are other things that you need to do, but ensuring that there is no moisture getting into your house is a great preventive measure. Water will erode your foundation, rot out house supports and allow mold and mildew to grow. These are all things that can be avoided with a simple home maintenance schedule and some preventive maintenance.
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