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Homeowner Tip | A New Home Still Requires Maintenance

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: August 29, 2017

When buying a new home, most people probably first think of the financial responsibilities involved.

Don’t let yourself forget, however, about the routine maintenance that your beautiful new home will need.  Just like regular oil changes for your new car, to keep your engine running well, keeping up with regular home maintenance will keep you from experiencing future headaches and wasting money.

The good news is that you can do the majority of it on your own without much experience at all. Google is a great tool if you get stuck or you can call up a local handyman to help you out.

In order to ensure you get all the routine maintenance completed, you may want to create a maintenance calendar or add them to your phone calendar with automatic reminders. Some items are needed monthly, quarterly, biannually or annually. We have also included some seasonal maintenance tips. Do what works best for your schedule, as long as things get accomplished, your home will thank you for years to come.

Monthly

  • Inspect and change our HVAC filters as needed. Check each month and if dirty, change the filters. We have been told the least expensive filters create less drag on the system, so go with a less expensive filter and change more often verses going with the expensive filters.
  • Clean kitchen sink disposal. The easiest way to do this is to freeze some vinegar into ice cubes, and then run the ice cubes through the disposal. It freshens, and as a bonus, the ice will sharpen the blades.
  • Clean you hood filters. If you’ve never done this, a degreaser works best.
  • Inspect your fire extinguishers. This inspection doesn’t require much. Ensure you have easy access to them, and the at the gauge shows adequate pressure.

Quarterly

  • Test smoke/carbon dioxide detectors. Your detectors should have a ‘test’ button. If the alarm sounds, you’re good to go. If not, replace the batteries immediately and test again. If it still doesn’t work, check the battery terminal for erosion, otherwise you may need to replace the unit.
  • Test garage door auto reverse feature. Place a 2 X 4 on the ground where the door closes. It should reverse after a few seconds when the door hits the wood. Also test the photo-electric sensors, by placing something in front of them (not a person). If the door doesn’t immediately go up, call for service.

Run water and flush toilets in unused spaces. This mostly applies to guest bathrooms, or any other sinks/water sources you don’t use on a regular basis. The idea is to prevent grime or build-up.

Biannually

  • Vacuum your refrigerator coils. The refrigerator can use up to 15% of your homes total power, so you want to keep it running efficiently take the time to clean the coils. Over time, the coils get dirty and your fridge requires more energy. Research shows you can save up to $100 a year by doing this, and it isn’t difficult.
  • Give your house a deep clean. Take one Saturday every six months with your whole family and give the entire house a deep clean. Appliances, windows, dust every nook and cranny. Keeping things clean and not letting dirt/grime/dust build up over years, will help keep your home in top shape.

Annually

  • Replace batteries in smoke/carbon dioxide detectors. This is an important safety tip. You want these to sound when needed.

 

Ivey Homes is a leading new home builder in Augusta, GA and Aiken, SC, with home pricing ranging from the low $100,000’s to Custom. For more information about living in or building a new home in Columbia County, Richmond County or Augusta, visit iveyhomes.com! Drop us a line with feedback or questions. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page, too!

We Got Mooned by the Sun!

Categories: Blog, Meet the Ivey Team | Posted: August 22, 2017

Monday, the Ivey Homes team looked to the sky and celebrated the solar eclipse with snacks, games, and fun times. Seeing this scientific phenomenon had us over the moon. Being in Evans, Georgia, we had 99.6% totality allowing us to view the eclipse across from our office at Evans Towne Center Park. We witnessed the skies getting dark and the crickets beginning to chirp out of confusion for the time of day. All in all, it was a great experience that we got to share together as a team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ivey Homes is a leading new home builder in Augusta, GA and Aiken, SC, with home pricing ranging from the low $100,000’s to Custom. For more information about living in or building a new home in Columbia County, Richmond County or Augusta, visit iveyhomes.com! Drop us a line with feedback or questions. Don’t forget to check out our Facebook page, too!

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