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Move-in Fixups: 4 Small Maintenance Tasks to Consider After Settling In

Written by Posted On Thursday, 04 May 2017 15:23

Most sellers will perform essential and major repairs before you move into a newly purchased home. While you might not have to replace the roof or electrical panels, there will still be a long list of minor repairs to tackle shortly after you move into your home. Consider performing these four small maintenance tasks to make your home more pleasant, safer and efficient.

Installing Motion Lighting

Motion lighting enhances the safety and security of your home. These lighting systems are easy to install yourself, and you can choose a style that matches the color of your home. You could choose to put the lights on a timer or have them wired into your home's automated control system or security system.

Cleaning the Gutters

Cleaning the gutters is a messy but necessary task. When debris from trees fills up the gutters, rain water has nowhere to go and may back up and under your roof, causing a leak. Debris in the gutters could also promote the development of an ice dam in cold places during the winter months of the year. About every three months, access the gutters with a ladder and scoop out the debris. Give them a rinse with a garden hose to flush out any remaining small pieces.

Using a Sump Pump

Using a sump pump helps to keep your basement dry. Some companies, such as Rite-Way Waterproofing, know that this is important in areas with a high water table. If the existing sump pump in your home is more than eight years old, consider replacing it. You may also wish to add a backup, battery-operated pump for added peace of mind. You can install an alarm with the pump so that you can be alerted to water in your basement.

Replacing Faucet Aerators

Faucet aerators can become clogged with mineral deposits. Replacing them boosts the rate of water flow and water pressure from the fixture. Putting in new aerators only takes a few minutes, and the process only requires a few basic tools. The replacement parts are inexpensive and can be purchased at any home improvement or hardware store.

Each of these four tasks is affordable and does not take a lot of time to do. As you build up your home maintenance skills by performing these simple tasks, you may feel ready to take on some bigger home improvement projects, such as hard-wiring a smoke detector or installing a new doorbell. These projects will add value to your home and make it more efficient.

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Rachelle Wilber

Rachelle Wilber is a former real estate agent now turned freelance writer that specializes in home realty, mortgage, and building. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies.

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