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If you recently bought a house, congratulations! Welcome to homeownership. Owning a house is an exciting milestone, but it’s also a lot of work. When something goes wrong, there’s no landlord to call. Maintenance and repairs are now your responsibility – but with a little bit of forethought, you can prevent potential problems before they even happen.
Plumbing problems can be especially exasperating. These problems can affect your quality of life by preventing you from using your running water, and they can be expensive to fix. If you find a plumber you trust now, you’ll know exactly who to call when your pipes go haywire. Another factor to consider is the quality of your water. Many municipalities supply homes with hard water, which can damage the performance of water-using appliances, such as dishwashers and washing machines. There are several options for both residential and commercial water treatment livermore, or wherever you live. Installing a system to treat your water can save you money by preserving the life of your appliances – and will probably make your coffee taste better, too!
Heating and Cooling
One of the easiest ways to keep your HVAC units working efficiently is to change the filters regularly. Unfortunately, this is also one of the tasks of homeownership that is easiest to forget! The air filter in your heating and cooling system catches any airborne particles that get pulled in with the air (such as dust, mold, pollen, and pet dander) so they don’t travel through the heating or cooling coils and clog the system. Replacing your air filters as soon as they get dirty will extend the life of your HVAC system, and will probably also help you save on your energy bill. A good rule of thumb is to change your air filters at the beginning of every new season (or four times a year).
Taking care of your new house means more than maintenance and repairs. You also have to keep your home finances in order. If you previously rented, you probably made monthly payments for rent and utilities, such as electricity and water. It may seem like your bills now will be similar – trading rent payments for mortgage payments – but don’t forget about property taxes! Tax payments are due quarterly, and depending on your municipality’s tax collection system, you may not get a bill for them. So put those deadlines on your calendar, and when your garbage gets collected every week, you can feel good knowing that it’s a service you paid for.
As long as you stay on top of these tasks of homeownership, you’ll keep your new house – and your life in it – running smoothly.