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Home Maintenance Tips
For Home Buyers and owners 

These are just a few suggestions that we find important
and can help you enjoy your new home. 
The list is by no measure intended to be all inclusive or exhaustive.

When Moving in:
1) Change the locks on all exterior doors, and include a deadbolt if one is not already
    in place. This is really just peace of mind and makes the home really yours.
2) All chimneys should be inspected and possibly cleaned by a trained professional.
3) For the Heating, Electrical and Plumbing systems, make a note of the shut-off
    locations and label them as such. Similarly, ensure that the circuits in the panel
    are clearly marked; If missing/inaccurate, aN ELECTRICAL professional CAN HELP.
4) Smoke Detectors should be present on each level and in all sleeping areas.  
     Some smoke / Carbon Monoxide detectors are available as a single unit.
5) Become familiar with the Egress (escape) windows and their operation in each
    bedroom and in the basement (if present). If your home has a second or third floor,
    you should research and purchase a certified system for a safe emergency escape.
6) Attend to any trip hazards in and out of the home; sidewalks, driveways, patios and
    interior flooring covers for example.
7) Hazards related to Stairways and Landings should be corrected, for example: 
    uneven treads, improperly sized landings, compromised or missing handrails,
    poor lighting etc.
8) And of course, make any improvements as recommended in the Home Inspection Report! provides some useful information from the Canadian Home
    Builder's Association regarding work that involves hiring professionals. 
Regular Maintenance:
1) The furnace or Boiler should be serviced annually by a professional.
2) Check furnace filters, humidifiers and air cleaners every month.
3) Any exterior water taps (hose bibbs) should be shut off before freeze up; similarly,
    if a sprinkler system is installed, a professional should be called in for winterization.
4) Clean the gutters in Spring and Fall (or more often if required), and observe the
    operation of the downspouts during a rainfall for leaks and water removal
    from the foundation.
5) Monitor vegetation that may grow too close to the home, vents and Air Conditioner.
6) Walk around the house and garage throughout the year to check for damage to
    siding, roofing materials, sealants, exterior components and landscape changes
    (keeping water away from the home is always important).
7) All GFCI receptacles, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be tested monthly.
8) And if possible, check out your attic space in the Spring and Fall. Look for evidence
    of leakage  or condensation, blocked vents (usually soffit vents are most suseptible -
    they are quite often covered by insulation), compromised insulation and even wood
    structure that could be failing.