Tips for New Homeowners
What new homeowners need to know that they didn't know as renters.
1. New homeowners should wait and watch for a whole year before making changes in the yard. Bushes, trees, perennials and some annuals will survive a mild winter and return each year. Wait to see what you have, it may be a wonderland.
2. New homeowners should keep an eye on the dryer vent as it needs regular cleaning, possibly never thought of as a renter.
3. HVAC service contracts are similar to regular oil changes in your car. Having it cleaned and serviced at suggested intervals is a good tune up for the system. If you have HVAC problems, having a service contract will make you a priority and possibly give discounts on repairs.
4. If your home is on a septic system be very careful of what you put down the drain. Fats, chemicals, food scraps should be limited and you should not install a garbage disposal.
5. Insect prevention is a large part of home ownership. Simple things like limiting pots, tires, lids, kids toys that can collect water will decrease mosquito population. Hornets love to build nests behind porch lights, under unopened umbrellas and in the corners up under eaves of every home and shed, check these areas frequently. Carpenter bees burrow holes in wood the same size as a pencil; stop these guys, they are damaging your home. Ants are always a nuisance and can be difficult to eradicate. Spraying around your foundation in the spring and ant bait traps are good maintenance.
The insect maintenance list can go on and on. Simply keep in mind home ownership does require insect/pest maintenance.