The best thing about buying a brand new home is just that: everything is brand new.
Although new homes don’t require much maintenance, there’s still upkeep to be done on a regular basis so you can ensure that your home stays at it best.
With this in mind, Jim Yeadon, Lennar’s Director of Customer Relations in Tampa, provided us with a maintenance schedule that he advises new homeowners to follow:
- Clean out the air conditioner condensation line: Place a funnel on the PVC pipe in the AC closet and pour a solution of hot water and white vinegar. This will keep the AC running properly and prevent any blockages in the drain line.
- Change air filters: With Florida’s warm weather, the AC works harder. It’s recommended to change your air filters every 30 days. Thinner non-HEPA filters are the best and promote better airflow.
- Clean out the dryer vent: Since lint can build up in the dryer vent, it’s a preventative measure to have a professional clean your lint pipes. Lint buildup can become a fire hazard.
- Clear your gutters: Inspect gutters for leaves, dirt and other debris to keep them clear, allowing rain to drain properly.
- Flush the water heater: Water heaters can fill with sediment on the bottom, and should be drained. Hook up a garden hose to the hose bib on the bottom of the water heater to drain it.
- Inspect caulking around windows: The caulking around windows can wear down over time because of heat and other weather conditions, and should be inspected for any cracks that could cause leaks.
- Termite treatment: Lennar homes come with a one-year termite warranty. After the first year, consider having a termite company inspect your home annually and take preventative measures.
- Inspect grout joints: Inspect the grout in the corners of your tub and shower to make sure there are no cracks. Over time, home settlement and shrinkage can wear down the grout and cause leaks behind the wall.
Every 3-5 years
- Paint the exterior of your home: Within 3-5 years of buying your new home, it’s best to paint the exterior. Over time, the sun, heat and rain break down the color and effectiveness of the paint. By painting you’ll seal any micro cracks (some are not even visible to the eye), seal the exterior from rain, and keep your house looking like new.
Things to keep in mind
- Use low-flow toilet paper: The new low-flow toilets limit water use in each flush. With these toilets, it’s recommended to use the proper type of toilet paper to avoid clogs and sewer line blockages.
- Condensation is common on windows: When there is a significant temperature difference inside than outside, condensation can form on the windows. This is nothing to worry about and will usually go away on its own.
Following these home maintenance tips can make it easy to keep up the quality of your home and prevent you from having to call a handyman on a regular basis. For more information, visit our Home Care 101 page for additional resources.