If you are contemplating the purchase of your first home, chances are the thoughts of chores, obligations, and responsibilities that accompany homeownership may be lurking in the back of your mind. You may not know anything about home repairs, hate mowing lawns, and aren’t quite sure that you are prepared to do the house thing—and then you start to look at the amount of money you are throwing away for rent and realize that yes, you are definitely ready! Because you chose Sunset Realty Services for your real estate needs, you have someone on your side to help guide you through your choices, and your chores as well, starting with this guide to the common maintenance tasks homeowners often forget. We make homeownership look easy!
You go to the doctor every year, take your car to the mechanic every few months, and if you are a homeowner, schedule annual appointments to clean and check out your HVAC system. Keeping ahead of issues that can plague the system also keeps your emergency fund full as it lowers the monthly utility costs. Generally costing less than a couple hundred dollars for each visit, it doesn’t make sense not to do it!
Keeping up with the HVAC system in your new house is an ongoing job, but when you consider the alternative, it’s worth every penny you spend! Changing your filter every 3 months (or at the beginning of each new season) is the recommended routine, but if yours seems to get dirtier than average, changing it more frequently won’t hurt. The more air pollution it attracts, the less you have to worry about allergies. Keeping HVAC filters clean helps keep down utility costs as well!
Your possessions aren’t as important as the family members living in your new home, but both can be protected simply by monitoring your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and that involves more than just changing the batteries! The average detector has a shelf life of about 10 to 15 years. Do you know how old the one in your home has been hanging around? If you have purchased an older home and don’t have a way of finding out when they were last replaced, make the investment in your safety today!
When you choose Sunset Realty Services for your real estate needs, you get full service Licensed Realtors that will guide you through every step of homeownership. Give us a call today and let’s start the search!