A Home Maintenance Guide For Homeowners

About to purchase your first home and not sure what kind of maintenance will come with it? Like many things in adulthood, owning a home comes with a lot of responsibilities. Aside from paying the light bill and Wi-Fi, the up-keep is just as essential as cleaning out your garbage disposal. Here’s a rundown of some of the most common maintenance needs as a homeowner.

Frequent Maintenance

When you first move in, change the locks! While it is uncommon for previous owners to break into your home, you always want to lower the possibility of anyone other than yourself having access. Every month or so, be sure to change the batteries to all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. If you hear any beeping sounds, don’t ignore them. That’s its way of alerting you to change the battery pack. 

Ever wondered why you always get a stuffy nose at night? Or why do you constantly have an urge to sneeze from time to time? Try changing your HVAC filters. When left untouched, all that dust and debris can build up and will likely be the cause of your restless nights. Try it out. You’ll see a change in your sleep pattern and HVAC appliances.

Check for leaks around the house, and if you need to recaulk the bathroom or windows, replace them. You don’t have to worry about it so soon if done professionally, but it can wear down after a while. 

Inspect your fire extinguisher. While it’s true fire extinguishers don’t come with an expiration date, forever isn’t promised. You’d be surprised how little previous owners checked theirs.  It’s always better to be safe than sorry in case of emergencies.

Finally, locate essential items like the water shut-off valve and circuit breaker. This is second-hand knowledge that could be helpful if inspectors plan a visit or any kind of renovation that needs to be done regarding sinks, showers, toilets, lighting, etc. 

Long-term Maintenance

Moving forward are some examples that need to be handled less often but should always be kept in mind for the future. The following repairs or replacements can get expensive, so it is crucial that you do your research. Think ahead of the uncertainties and set aside money to properly maintain your at-home paradise. 

Inspect your chimney, mainly if it’s not being used often or adequately. Cover your AC unit, empty your lawn mower fuel tank, and winterize any exposed pipes before the seasons change. Check for any winter damage like the roof and siding, and clean out those gutters every spring. During the summer, reseal your deck, open up your pool (if you have one), tend to your landscape paradise, and inspect for pests. 

After every six months, clean your refrigerator coil, vacuum your air vents, and clean your showerheads. After a year, drain your water heater, clean out the dryer vent, and get your septic cleaned out too. We know this may sound like a list of chores, but imagine all the money you’d be saving if you didn’t have to pay for heavy-duty replacements all at once. 

From 5 to 10 years, replace the dishwasher, microwave, and kitchen sink. In the meantime, set applicable appliances, like the dishwasher to self-clean. Get rid of that old water smell and mold that could be growing. After about 15 years, and if you still live in the same home, replace your water heater and refrigerator. Also, and this is something that usually gets overlooked, replace your garage door opener or motor. 

Conclusion

Many people think in an “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix” scenario which isn’t always the safest idea. Your home is your greatest investment, and it’s important that you maintain its beauty. Do your research and follow up on the signs like random puddles of water by the fridge, or clanking pipes by the boiler. Beeping usually means changing the battery, and a stuffy nose can lead to clogged AC filters. While we hope this list helps you prepare for your homeownership journey, contact us if you have any questions.

Look For Credentials When Hiring

If you’re planning a home remodel and want to hire a professional, then you’ve likely heard some horror stories.

No one wants to be taken advantage of – whether it’s your time, money, and especially not your home. When researching contractors in the area, make sure you look at their credentials just as much as their portfolio online. A pretty picture is nothing without a few testimonials.

Remodeling professionals have the training, experience, skills, and solid references. Homeowners can hire the best remodeler for the job by checking credentials and choosing the most qualified candidate.

Ask about these credentials when hiring a professional remodeler:

Insurance and Licensing

All professional home remodelers should be insured and able to display a certificate proving possession of insurance. While not all states require remodelers to be licensed, the ones that do, contractors are mandated to share proof of licensure. Up-to-date insurance and licensing demonstrate that the remodeling firm is in good standing. 

Education

The most skilled professional remodelers not only have experience on the job but education. There are many ways contractors continue their education and numerous certifications, designations one can hold. Find a professional who continues to invest in professional development to keep their remodeling and business skills sharp and better serves their customers.

References and Reviews

Happy homeowners enjoy sharing their good experiences and appreciation of their newly upgraded space. Take a look at reviews online, or ask friends and neighbors for their referrals. 

Business Skills

Experienced remodelers know how to manage their business, which provides stability and security for their customers. These professionals will provide a written contract for a home remodeling project, a scheduled timeline, and guarantees and warranties for their work. 

Another vital sign of honest business practices from a remodeler is outlining a clear payment schedule and not requiring large amounts of cash upfront. Professional remodelers should also have a good reputation with the Better Business Bureau and a good credit report, indicating stable business operations.

Association Membership

Many successful remodelers are members of trade associations like the National Association of Home Builders because it offers business resources and continuing education. Membership also provides opportunities for professional growth and expanding knowledge of the remodeling industry.

Conduct thorough research when hiring a professional home remodeler so that you hire someone with good credentials. Verifying intelligent business practices and remodeling experts will better ensure that your home remodel will be completed successfully and safely. Remember, it’s always better to be safe than sorry rather than trusting someone’s word.

Reasons To Build A New Home

Not sure whether building a new home is right for you? Let’s consider the benefits to building a new home. 

Here are some of the top reasons that building might be a good choice for you.

Want Something New

The idea of living in a home that wasn’t previously owned before sparks interest. Since all inspections are up to code when you move in, any surprises or unexpected repair jobs won’t be a concern. Your home will be equipped with all modern conveniences and will be truly ready to move in. 

Go Green

Incorporate smart home technology with new modern appliances and luminescent lighting. Adhering to all up-to-date codes, you can live environmentally-friendly which saves you money. With modern eco-friendly and energy-efficient features, take pride in going green. 

Specific To You

If you are someone who cares about keeping up with the latest design styles, building a new home is the best way to achieve this. It gives you the ability to customize it exactly to your needs and wants. You can design a floor plan that is specific to you and your lifestyle, customize aesthetic features tailored to your liking, and install any kind of walk-in closet, boudoir, or master bathroom your heart desires.

Live Where You Want 

You have the perfect home in mind, now you need the perfect location. Find an available plot of land, then build your dream house in your dream location. Imagine choosing between the kind of neighbors you’ll be inheriting or no neighbors at all. Give yourself more privacy by installing a fence around the property or remain completely isolated by utilizing a tree-lined environment. 

Choose Your Builder

Building a new home enables you to pick your own builder. If you do your research and pick a high-quality, professional builder, you can be rest assured that you’ll end up with a sturdy, well-built home. You’ll be entering an exclusive relationship dedicated to making your needs a priority. This requires building communication skills and being fully transparent with what you want. 

Don’t Rush Your Decision

Bidding wars can make you feel rushed when buying a home. If you want to take your time making a decision rather than rushing into a very expensive purchase, building property is the right choice for you. It’s a very slow paced process, and you’ll have full autonomy and final say. Not to mention this takes away competition. 

Conclusion

There are many perks to building a new home. A home is an expensive investment and building is the best way to ensure you get exactly what you want. It’s important to be carefully detailed with what you and who you’re working with. When presented with tile or hardwood floor options, be sure to take your time. 

Want to learn more about home construction?

Shoreline Community Restaurants

Here is a list of local establishments offering curbside takeout and/or delivery options.

It is as important as ever that we keep our communities strong and thriving during this time.

Thank you Shoreline Chamber – CT and members of our social community for helping to curate this list! We’ll keep adding to it as we get more information.

Branford

Curbside Pick Up and Delivery

Coal & Daisies (203) 208-1263

Coffee Con Cannella (203) 208-4106

Donovan’s Reef (203) 488-5573

Eli’s on the Hill  (203) 488-2700

Home Restaurant  (203) 483-5896

Jalapeno Heaven  (203) 481-6759

La Cuisine Cafe & Market  (203) 488-7779

Marco Pizzeria  (203) 483-1544

Parthenon Diner  (203) 481-0333

The Stand  (203) 433-4728

Shoreline Cafe  (203) 488-2600

Willoughby’s Coffee & Tea  (203) 481-1700

Curbside Pick Up

Branford Breakfast Connections  (203) 483-4597

Branford Food Pantry (203) 481-3663

Branford Townhouse Family Restaurant (203) 481-0550

Cafe Fiore  (203) 208-4690

Common Grounds  (203) 488-2326

G Café  (203) 208-0930

Gourmet Wok  (203) 481-7988

Il Forno Restaurant (203) 488-0573

LaLuna Ristorante  (203) 483-9995

Lenny’s Indian Head  (203) 488-1500

Love Bakery & Cafe  (203) 208-2353

Pacileo’s Apizza  (203) 481-5930

Pasta Cosi  (203) 483-9397

Rossitto’s Ristorante (860) 977-3087

Rosso Vino Wine & Bistro (203) 315-0005

U.S.S. Chowder Pot III (203) 481-2356

 

Guilford

Curbside Pick Up and Delivery

Amarone’s (203) 533-7377

Carpanzano’s Pizzeria (203) 453-7040

Cilantro Coffee Roasters (203) 458-2555

Panera Bread (203) 204-0097

Quattro’s Restaurant (203) 453-6575

Rocco’s Off Wooster Pizza (203) 533-5032

The Marketplace (203) 453-4849

The Maritime Grille (203) 453-0774

Curbside Pick Up

Anthony’s of Guilford (203) 533-4259

Bishops Orchards  (203) 453-2338

Chapter One Food and Drink  (203) 533-7988

Forte’s Gourmet Market (203) 453-4910

KC’s Restaurant and Pub (203) 453-0771

Mr. J’s Asian Bistro (203) 453-3355

Naples Restaurant and Pizza  (203) 453-4759

Pasta Avest & Pizzeria  (203) 453-8779

South Lane Bistro  (203) 533-5845

The Guilford Mooring  (203) 458-2921

Vietnoms Café  (203) 689-5299

 

North Branford

Curbside Pick Up and Delivery

Anthony John’s Pizzeria (203) 484-0433

Belle Foods and Pizza (203) 208-0078

Chat N Chew  (203) 208-0097

Giovanni’s Pizzeria & Ristorante  (203) 484-4535

JCakes  (203) 488-2800

Joey Cal’s Deli & Catering  (203) 208-1038

La Cucina Catering  (203) 484-0463

Nataz Restaurant  (203) 315-0180

Curbside Pick Up

Doody’s Restaurant  (203) 484-0588

Milani Italian Pastry & Bakery (203) 484-5017

Northford Country Grill  (203) 484-4899

Rose Orchards  (203) 488-7996

Supreme Seafood  (203) 484-2721

New Haven

Soul de Cuba Café  (203) 498-2822 

 

Comment below if you see a local establishment missing from this list 🙏

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