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Priority Maintenance For Home Buyers

August 21, 2012 - Updated: August 24, 2012

Home Maintenance

When you are thinking about putting an offer in on a home, one of the first things I will recommend is doing a home inspection.  In a heated market with multiple offers, I have often recommended that we complete the home inspection prior to offer presentation, eliminating the need for that condition in the offer and making the offer stronger against competition. 
Let’s fast forward to moving in.  The home inspector has likely made some suggestions for things that need to be done right away and other things you should monitor, but it’s hard to keep track of how to get started and what is the highest priority. 
Here is a summary list to simplify things…
One-Time Tasks
  1. Install smoke detectors as necessary. Install carbon monoxide detectors.
  2. Make any electrical improvements recommended in the home inspection report.
  3. Remove any wood/soil contact to prevent rot and insect damage.
  4. Change the locks on all doors. Use a dead bolt for better security and to minimize insurance costs.
  5. Correct trip hazards such as broken or uneven walks and driveways, loose or torn carpet or uneven flooring.
  6. Correct unsafe stairways and landings.
  7. Have all chimneys inspected before operating any of these appliances.
  8. Locate and mark the shut-offs for the heating, electrical and plumbing systems.
  9. Label the circuits in electrical panels.
  10. If there is a septic system, have the tank pumped and inspected. If the house is on a private water supply (well), set up a regular testing procedure for checking water quality.
Regular Maintenance Items
  1. Clean the gutters in the spring and fall.
  2. Check for damaged roofing and flashing materials twice a year.
  3. Cut back trees and shrubs from the house walls, roof and air conditioning system as needed.
  4. Clean the tracks on horizontal sliding windows annually, and ensure the drain holes are clear.
  5. Test ground fault circuit interrupters, carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors using the test button, monthly.
  6. Service furnace or boiler yearly.
  7. Check furnace filters, humidifiers and electronic air cleaners monthly.
  8. Check the bathtub and shower caulking monthly and improve promptly as needed.
  9. If you are in a climate where freezing occurs, shut off outdoor water faucets in the fall.
  10. Check reversing mechanism on garage door opener monthly.
  11. Check attics for evidence of leaks and condensation and make sure vents are not obstructed, at least twice a year. (Provide access into all attics and crawl spaces.)
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