If you’re the owner of a beautiful new custom home, made just for you, you may be wondering how to best take care of it so that it will last a lifetime. Home ownership comes with a lot of responsibility, but it’s more than worth it to ensure that your home remains in tip-top shape for decades to come. So what is custom home maintenance, and does it differ from maintenance for an already-built house?
How to Maintain Your Custom Home
The first few months in your new house is a good time to keep your eye out for any potential problems. Even if your home was perfectly built and everything well-installed, problems may arise anyway, so keep a vigilant eye.
Here are some basic maintenance steps to keep track of when you move into your new home:
- The HVAC filters: In order to keep your HVAC system running efficiently and cost-effectively, it’s important to keep on top of the filters and change them if necessary. Generally you should replace filters every 1-3 months, depending on how quickly the filter accumulates dirt and dust.
- Smoke detectors: It’s a good idea to make sure your smoke detectors are running smoothly. Thankfully, nearly every smoke detector has a “test” button, making this important task simple and quick. If it beeps, you’re good!
- The roof and gutters: Ideally you should check your roof for damage – like missing, dirty, or curling shingles – at least once every 6-12 months. It’s also important to clean out your gutters around the same time, since gutters control the flow of rainwater and having too many leaves and debris build up could cause water damage, leaks, or even mold in your home.
- Hot water tank: Flushing the water heater to remove sediment every 1-3 years will prolong its lifespan and possibly save you a lot of money long-term.
New Home vs Old Home Maintenance
In terms of pure maintenance, there won’t be a difference in maintenance habits for old homes versus a brand-new custom home. However, a custom home will need far fewer repairs, since all systems and appliances are brand new and up-to-date. In addition, RES Contracting homes come with a 2-year warranty, in case anything goes awry. Speaking of warranties…
Warranty on Custom Homes
It’s a relief to homeowners to know that all RES Contracting homes have a 2-year warranty on them, beginning at the completion of the house. All items in the home carry the manufacturer’s warranty, which differs from brand to brand. These items include appliances, fixtures, doors, windows, HVAC equipment, and finishes.
We will never leave you hanging. No matter how old a house is, we’ll always work with you to ensure that you’re pleased with its quality and condition.
Maintaining a custom home might seem daunting, but if you put the time in you’ll find yourself saving a lot of money and extending the lifespan of your house to last generations. If you have any more questions, or want to get started on building your perfect, tailor-made custom home, call us at (928) 776-0301.