When you own a home, any maintenance concerns and problems become your responsibility. If you’ve recently bought a house or if you’re planning to in the future, here are a few helpful tips for new homeowners.

1. Tips for New Homeowners: Home Security

Burglaries can occur at any time, including during daylight hours while you’re running errands or away at work. It’s smart to have a security system in place. There are modern systems that can be monitored via your smartphone. If you can’t afford to invest in a security system yet, make sure to always keep your windows and doors locked.

After purchasing a house, make changing the locks your first priority. Unless it’s a brand new home, there’s no way to know who has a key to your property. The previous owners may have handed keys to babysitters, pet sitters, the house cleaner, and the neighbors.

2. Check the Water Heater

On average, the water heater will last about 10 to 15 years when properly maintained. However, if you’re noticing signs that the appliance is failing, a prompt replacement is better than waiting for disaster. One of the more obvious signs that the water heater is failing is that it is starting to leak. Call a plumber immediately to avoid flooding and property damage.

3. Label the Breaker Panel

Your house will have a breaker box where you will find the switches that control circuits throughout your home. When moving into a new house, check the breaker box and make sure it is labeled properly. Test each breaker to confirm which circuit it controls and test each outlet and light switch. When electrical repairs are needed, a well-labeled breaker box will make the process easier.

4. Maintain the HVAC system

HVAC systems should be serviced at least once a year. Schedule an appointment for a qualified technician to inspect the system in the spring and/or fall. In addition to the inspection, make sure to change the HVAC filter as recommended, usually every 30 to 90 days. Keeping your furnace in good shape extends its lifespan and improves air quality in your home.

5. Tips About Choosing Paint Colors for New Homeowners

One of the benefits of owning a home is being able to make it yours. If you will be selling the house soon, stick to shades that are classic and neutral. Paint colors are easy enough to change, however, fixtures such as toilets, bathtubs, and tile are harder to replace.

If you are planning to update the tile or countertops, look for neutral shades of white, beige, or gray. To add color, use rugs, placemats, pillows, and other home décor elements that are easier to change or remove.

As a homeowner, keep a list of home repair services handy. While you’ll able to do some basic home maintenance on your own, it’s important to know who to call when you need a professional.

CheckIt Home Inspections offers inspections to customers in Roanoke and the New River Valley. Contact us to request our services.