When you’ve just bought a brand new home, it’s easy to focus on the immediate needs, whether that’s taking care of the logistics of moving in and getting settled or exploring your chosen town or city. But over time, it becomes obvious that maintaining your home is a commitment that will reward you in the long run. Here are the top five items to keep on your home maintenance checklist to keep your property well kept for years to come.
Keep a maintenance schedule
From reminders to replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to making sure to not skip out on spring cleaning, keeping a maintenance schedule is an excellent way to stay on top of your regular upkeep.
Keeping a digital calendar of recurring tasks — from monthly ones like replacing HVAC filters to yearly jobs like inspecting fire extinguishers and trimming tree branches — can be especially helpful because you can set reminders and receive notifications every time a new task needs to be completed.
Maintain your home’s exterior
The outside and grounds surrounding your home are not only a point of pride — they can be just as important as what’s inside. As a part of your maintenance schedule, make sure to look after the exterior.
From regular tasks like pulling weeds and mowing the lawn to less frequent tasks like trimming tree branches that have died or may threaten your roof or an electrical line, maintaining the outside of your home is essential. Items to inspect for at least annually include:
Paint that needs touching up
Drains or gutters that need cleaning
Windows that may need a good shine
Patios or sidewalks that need power washing
Plants that need repotting or fertilizing
Clear out the dust
Wherever you spend time, dust will eventually begin to build. And dust, aside from being unsightly, can have a serious impact on the health of those who live in and visit your home.
Routine dusting can keep particles at bay, as can regularly replacing HVAC filters and washing items like blankets, throw rugs, and pet bedding often. Keeping the house vacuumed will also help to remove dust, pet dander, fur, dirt, and other areas of concern. Spring cleaning is a great way to get the whole household involved in taking care of hard-to-reach corners and other areas that may not be addressed during regular maintenance.
Watch for humidity
Weather in Oklahoma varies. Depending on where you live in the state, air ranges from dry to humid. According to Mayo Clinic, the ideal amount of humidity in a home is from 30-50%. Keeping the humidity level within this range increases overall health and comfort while preventing the possibility of mold over time. To maintain this level of moisture, use a humidifier and, if available, turn on air conditioning or use a dehumidifier during humid days.
Keep a running list of maintenance professionals
As much as you may want to maintain everything in your home on your own, it’s helpful to have local professionals that you can rely on. When you need a hand, there’s nothing better than having someone in your corner who can be hired to maintain and repair challenging elements of your home.
Home ownership can be incredibly rewarding — and like anything you keep long-term, it needs periodic maintenance for the best results. From inspecting and maintaining your exterior space to keeping the inside clean and functional, your home will be a safe haven that will remain reliable for years.