There are significant benefits to purchasing a new construction home. First and foremost being that everything is yours! It’s never been anyone else’s before, and that feels good. However, even though your home is new that does not mean it doesn’t need to be maintained. If you want to keep your new build looking fresh, you’ll want to follow these helpful tips.
#1 – When you walk through your new construction home, make sure you note the advice given from the builder. He or she will give you instructions as to where the circuit breakers, water shut-off valve, and air filters are located so you may properly maintain your property. As you settle into the home, you will notice some things start to change over time as they begin to acclimate.
#2 – Every appliance in your home will come with an owner’s manual from the manufacturer. Read these upon moving in, that way from the beginning you’ll know how everything works, should work, and how to fix it if anything goes wrong. Beyond that, these manuals also tell you about regular maintenance.
#3 – Changing your air filter monthly may seem like something you have heard every time you moved, but it is so necessary. The more particles the air filters trap, the more they slow down the air flow, making your air conditioning unit work doubly hard and your electricity bill skyrocket.
#4 – New construction means recently disturbed soil under and around your home. It will take time for the dirt to settle, so in the meantime watch the grade of your yard to make sure the water continues to flow away from your house rather than towards it.
#5 – The way you use your home, the amount of people you have frequenting inside it, and how well you maintain it, all affect your impact on the house. The climate of where you live can impact the life of your wallpaper or paint. The number of people living in your home can change the lifetime of your heating and cooling system, washing machine, dryer, or floors.
#6 – Review the details of your home warranty, and even highlight and take notes if you have to. You’ll want to know the warranty front-to-back in case something happens with the workmanship or construction of the property. The warranty will cover windows, plumbing, structural integrity, the heating ventilating and air conditioning system, and more if caused by the builders. However, the warranty does not cover things caused by neglect or things you can fix yourself.
By owning a new construction home, you possess a property that is in peak working condition. Now as the owner, it is your job to maintain that for as long as possible, so you can eventually sell it in the best possible state it could be to a new owner.