Everyone that buys a house for the first time goes through the same learning curve. There are a hundreds of aspects of your house that require regular maintenance and upkeep, but unfortunately there isn’t a manual that I am aware of that will tell you everything you need to know. Here are some common areas of the house that need regular attention and ideas to fix these issues. Some may seem simple but even the easiest things need some sort of solution. You might need everything on this list or you may only need one, but it is all important stuff to know.
Windows sometimes become difficult to close. Make sure no debris has lodged into a window opening and make sure the windows are still on track. Trying to force a window is never a good idea. By making sure the rubber seals around the windows are in good shape can be the difference between losing hundreds of dollars in heating and cooling expenses.
Recaulking the bathroom shower tub and removing mold with bleach, is a great way to prevent sickness and clean up the look of your tub. Scrape off the old caulk and apply fresh new caulk that is specially designed for the shower and bath. It is easy to do and will make your bath look newer. Make sure to spray with bleach and keep the area ventilated while you do this job.
Doors take a constant beating from repeatedly opening and closing them multiple times each day. These entry way doors evenutally need adjustment. Doors hinges will eventually move because of wear and tear and also because of expansion in warmer months. Be aware of the hinges and the movement of the screws that are in the hinges. From time to time these need to be adjusted, otherwise your door will start to sag or stick. Keeping up on this will prevent future problems.
Regular drain maintenance is a must. Hair builds up in bathroom sinks and food residue sticks into the kitchen drain. Either clean with a wire brush, or by opening the pipes (with a pipe wrench) or get some sort of “draino” to keep that water flowing.
Check on your Bathroom Sink Stopper – this is a common part of the sink drain that comes apart. I see this in many homes, it is an easy fix, but you got to have some patience. Look under the sink and see if it is connected properly. If so you should have little problems.
Save paint from any paint job. You never know when you need touch up paint around the house. If you do not have the saved paint, you can take a chip of the used paint to a good paint store. Any Sherwin-Williams store should be able to match the paint by taking a small piece.
Crack sealing – Houses settle and each year there are always new cracks. They have to be caulked or filled properly to avoid drafts and further expansion. It is always a good idea to do a seasonal inspection of your foundation to identify any cracks or potential problem areas. It can prevent water from getting into the problem area. A filled crevice will prevent unwanted insects (or worse) from gaining access to your house.
Finally make sure to check light fixtures, outlets and thermostats. All these things need a regular “once over” to ensure proper service. If all these things are done, you will have a better understanding of your houses needs and will prevent future problems.