1. Don’t get up to your ears in hot water
If your home has a hot water cupboard, this should be checked when you move in and once a year after that. Check there is no leakage and that grime hasn’t entered any waterways – this one may require the help of a professional, but they are available at the click of a button!
2. No pane, no gain
Check all the windows in the house closely for loose fittings or small cracks. A lot of heat can be lost from your home through these, so it’s important to have them strong and ready for cold months. Pick up some caulk to fix loose areas, or call a repairman if you want a sturdier new window pane. It’s a good idea to check these each Spring, to see if moisture affected the frames at all.
3. Deck it out
Are your outdoor wooden surfaces sealed? Try pouring a glass of water on them – if it starts to form in beady droplets on top, you’re in the clear as your deck is rejecting the water. But if it spreads through, you may need to reseal the area to prevent moisture damage and rot. Decks generally do not need to be replaced for a few years at least, so this one may be a long-term project.
4. Get your mind out of the gutter
Give your gutters a once-over each Spring or Summer. This will prevent any blockage from leaves and debris, which can cause water to back up and leak. While you’re up there, why not consider touching up the outdoor paint? The house will look fresh and it can provide a great weatherproofing layer for your home.
When a job doesn’t have to be done often, it is easy to forget about it, or put it off until much later. But by staying on top of these areas, your experience as a first home owner will be a glorious one.