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Ask Allied: What maintenance should I do after moving into a new home?

by Jackie Heath on May 12, 2020
If you just moved into a new house you'll want to start on projects, but you may not be sure where to start. We have some tips on what maintenance projects you can start right away.
New home owner doing maintenance

Moving into your new home is a fun and exciting time. But there is still work to do after you have unpacked. Home maintenance is essential, and there is no better time to start than right away. Here are five critical tasks to help you prioritize your maintenance list.

Replace Smoke and CO detectors

Safety is something most homeowners think about with their new home. Most homes already have smoke or CO detectors installed, but you should replace them because they may have outlived their shelf life. Expected life for smoke detectors is 8 years but just 5 years for a CO detector. Old alarms may malfunction or stop working after you move in. Check for local ordinances, which may require you a specific type of smoke detector in certain rooms. For example, some areas require smoke detectors with a light for hallways. After installation, plan to test them yearly.

Change the air filter on your furnace

If you don't know when the last time your air filter was replaced, your home’s air quality may be poor. A  dirty air filter can affect the output of the furnace and air conditioner. They work harder to heat or cool your home, costing you more in utility bills.

Clean the dryer exhaust

After you’re done changing the furnace filter, check the dryer’s exhaust tubing and vent for lint build up. The exhaust system can fill lint in a year. Lint build-up will make your dryer run less efficiently. A clogged vent can drive up your utility bill, damage clothes, and damage the dryer.

If you’re considering buying a new dryer, you should replace the exhaust tubing as well. Plan to clean lint build-up yearly.

Clear out drains

You don't want any plumbing issues. To check drains, fill your sinks and tubs to see if they drain properly. Slow drainage means clogs, whether from hair, soap scum, dirt, or coffee grounds. Over time, blockages will erode the pipes and cause leaks in walls and basements. If you don’t want to call a plumber to take care of clogs,  you can try clearing the pipes with either liquid drain cleaners or a plumber’s snake.

Check lighting fixtures and electrical outlets

The last thing we suggest is checking electric outlets, lighting fixtures, and light bulbs. Use a receptacle outlet checker and if you find faulty outlets, replace them immediately and test them again. Then check that light bulbs are the correct wattage for fixtures; replace any that are too high, as this can damage the entire electrical system and be a fire hazard. If the fixtures flickers or shorts with the correct light bulb, you will need to change it out with a new one.

Let us do the work during your move, so you can focus on your home. Start here to see how far we’ll go to make sure your move is as safe and stress free as possible.

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