It’s the American Dream, owning your home. You have worked hard, saved, and beat an impeccably hard market to land the home of your dreams.

But what happens when things start to go south? Your furnace quits working, or your windows start leaking. There’s no landlord to call anymore to come and fix the problem, and suddenly you have unexpected expenses and damages to your home.

5 Tips to Take Care of Your New Home

Owning a home is a responsibility, and one you shouldn’t take lightly. The good news is that there are preventive measures you can take now to stay ahead of a massive home disaster.

#1 Check Your Furnace Filters

Furnace filters are an effective way to keep dust and debris out of your HVAC system. Change them regularly (every two to three months) to make sure they are functioning properly. Every five to seven years, it’s important to have your ducts cleaned as well.

#2 Inspect Your Attic

Not all attics are created equal. Some are functioning and used for storage, while others are solely for insulation purposes. A common issue with attics is mold, which can have life long effects to your health. Make sure there are no leaks or places mold could possibly grow.

#3 Know Where Your Utility Shut Offs Are Located

You don’t want to wait for an emergency situation to know how to shut off your electricity, water or gas supply. Be prepared and know where they are located, as well as how to operate them.

#4 Inspect Your Windows

Your windows are one of the first places moisture will collect. If they were not properly sealed, or the seal has worn, you may have mold issues in the future. Re-caulk any places that look weathered to prevent damage.

#5 Clean Your Carpets

Did the previous owner have pets? Or spills that were not properly cleaned? The condition of your carpets directly affects the condition of air quality in your home. Having your carpets cleaned once a year can dramatically decrease the amount of bacteria living in your home.

We’re Here to Help

Your home is one of the biggest investments. While it can be overwhelming to take care of your new home, you don’t have to do it alone. Let the professionals at Intek take the burden off your shoulders.