Maintenance Guide for New Homeowners

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Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This is especially true when it comes to home maintenance. When transitioning from renting to owning, the responsibility falls to you, the homeowner, instead of the landlord. MSN Real Estate has compiled a list of simple-but-important maintenance tasks that could save you thousands of dollars in the long run. Here is a summary:


  • Caulk windows and trim in the fall, before it rains.
  • Inspect your crawl space for water every fall, about 30 days after the fall rain begins.
  • Check wooden decks for moisture in dry, warm weather.
  • Inspect and touch up exterior paint in dry summer weather.
  • Service and clean the furnace.
  • Get the chimney swept and inspected once a year or after you’ve burned a cord of wood, whichever happens first.
  • Check bathtub caulk.
  • Check the toilet seal.

Two or three times a year

  • Muck out the gutters.
  • Clean your roof’s valleys.
  • Switch ceiling fans from summer to winter.
  • Heal cracks in asphalt paving.
  • Baby your garbage disposal.


  • Check furnace filters.

If you’re not a natural fix-it guy or gal, don’t worry, MSN’s article gives detailed, easy-to-follow instructions outlining the what, when, why and how for each of these tasks.

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