When you own your own home, the pressure’s on you to handle small maintenance tasks before turning to the professionals. There is no landlord for you to call when you need a lightbulb changed, and it can be a little confusing to understand what kind of home maintenance tasks you're looking at as a first-time homebuyer. We've put together 5 tasks you need to learn about before closing on a home!

1. Change Your HVAC Filter

It’s important to change your HVAC filters every three months to keep your system running smoothly and cut energy bills.

2. Cut the Water Supply

When you first move in, find the water shut off valve and be sure to tag what it is. If the time ever comes when you need to turn the water off, it’s important to know where the valve is, so all you need to do is turn the handle 90 degrees.

3. Unclogging Drains

A chemical drain cleaner may work, but you can also use a drain snake to mechanically remove the clog. The drain snake has a better chance of removing all debris that can build up in your drains and keep clogs coming back if you just use chemical drain cleaners.

4. Resetting a Circut Breaker

To reset a breaker, open the panel cover and find the breaker in the “off” position. Turn it to the “on” position.

5. Cleaning Gutters

When your gutters aren’t cleared of debris, water can get trapped and seep into your home. This damage can cost you thousands to repair, which makes it integral to invest in a sturdy ladder and take every safety precaution to remove debris yourself or have a trusted professional who will clean your gutters twice a year.

Understanding the time and energy it’ll take to maintain and keep up with your home is a very important thing to consider when buying a home. Luckily, our team is well-versed on what homes will need and can walk you through the possible investments and maintenance you’ll need to think about before closing on your home. Give us a call today, and let’s begin the search for your next dream home!