There are some good things you can do to make sure that your house remains in good condition. By taking these small steps you help ensure that your house is well maintained. Since you’re already paying an arm and a leg to buy your house, make sure it’s well maintained and protect your investment. A well maintained house will have better resale value, less costs for fixes, and be safer to live in.
Must Have Safety Features
One of the first things you should do when you buy any new property is check the smoke detectors. By having good working smoke detectors you’re helping manage the risk of a fire breaking out and damaging your home. Check all the batteries on the smoke detectors and change them as necessary. Also, make sure that there are enough smoke detectors scattered around the house. You should always have one covering the kitchen area, this is necessary.
In addition to smoke detectors, you need to have a carbon monoxide detector. Having a carbon monoxide detector will help make sure that dangerous carbon monoxide gases do not harm your family members. Carbon monoxide is very dangerous, especially in enclosed spaces like a basement. It can lead to death in many cases and since this is the case it should be taken extremely seriously.
Home Safety Tests
Now that you’ve got the detectors in place you also need to run some tests. Doing these tests will help ensure that the house is safe and well maintained. The first test you need to do is a radon test, radon is an odorless and colorless gas that can lead to health issues. If you want to learn more about radon visit our previous post here. High radon levels can cause serious health problems so make sure you either have it inspected by a professional or use a do-it-yourself kit.
Adding to the Radon test you should also have a mold inspection. Many home inspection companies in Edmonton offer both radon and mold inspection services and if they don’t they can always refer you. Mold can also cause health issues some of which is very serious. Mold can be hard to detect since it could be out of sight within walls. In many cases if it is out of sight you would only notice it by smell, at which point you already have a big mold problem. Since that is the case it is always a good idea to have a mold inspection and have the peace of mind.
Now that you’ve done the radon and mold tests you want to also make sure that the health of the house is in good shape. An important issue to look out for is termites. Termites can also be hard to detect and they can lead to some very serious problems. If termites eat away at the structure of the house the entire house is jeapordized. The structure of the house is a core part that if compromised can be a big problem. The value of a house can drop significantly since structural problems are usually expensive fixes. Some structural problems even lead the house into being uninhabitable. In short, termites are a serious problem and should be dealt with swiftly.
Good Habits Happy Wallets
A few good habits will help you a long way. Things like making sure that you shut off the water when leaving the house for a few days or more. This will help make sure you don’t have any awful surprises when you return. We’ve all had a friend, neighbor, coworker, or family member who got back home and found the water flooded. In fact we probably know more than one, shutting off the water will make sure you won’t get flooded. A simple trick like this could end up saving you thousands of dollars and giving you peace of mind.
There are many ways of saving on energy costs in Edmonton. These include the bulbs you use, your energy sources, and many other ways. There are companies that will do an energy audit for you and show you actionable ways you can optimize your energy savings. In addition to helping your wallet, by having an energy optimized house you’ll also be helping the environment.
Another area you should be checking is the furnace and AC. In a city like Edmonton where the temperature goes down to -40 degrees Celsius it is extremely important to have a well heated house. Check that your furnace is running properly and do any repairs as necessary or else you could have a very tough time. In addition to the furnace, temperatures in Edmonton can get quite hot in the summer. You don’t have to have an AC but if you do it will make your life a lot easier. If you do run some tests and make sure that it is working.
Check to see if the windows are properly sealed and that it won’t get cold because of any cracks. If you do find any tracks cover them. Also, check the pipes by turning on all the faucets, flushing every toilet, and running all the showers. Plugged pipes can be a big annoyance, fortunately there are plenty of companies in Edmonton that offer their services to this problem.