First DIY Projects For New Homeowners

Congratulations! You’ve just moved into your new home. It’s a moment certainly worth celebrating. Now it is time to get to work. In addition to unpacking all the boxes, you’ve got a brand new set of “to-do” items that you should knock out right away. From this moment forward, you’re in charge. There is no landlord to call up when things go wrong. That’s why it’s vital you stay on top of the maintenance. You also want to look for ways to bring your monthly costs down. You’re already paying a big mortgage. Do you really want to add to that monthly nut? Here are some terrific projects that every new homeowner should jump on ASAP:

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Lower Your Hot Water Temperature

The best temp for your hottest water should be 120 degrees. The previous owner might have dialed up that number a bit. While you’re at it, you might also check the water pressure. Yes, we all like a strong flow in our shower. However, higher pressure could result in damage to your pipes. Do you want to deal with that headache?

Check Your Insulation

You might have already done this as part of the inspection. Now that you’re in the house, you want to make sure you unfinished attic has a fresh coating of insulation. You can also add a water heater blanket around that unit. The little amount you’ll pay for this blanket will come back in a lower heating bill many times over. If you have any exposed water pipes, give them a good insulation wrapping as well.

Look For Leaks

There are two types of leaks you should be on the prowl for in your new home. These would be water and air. The water leaks are easy to trace. Take the time to go through all the bathroom and kitchen sinks, the laundry hooks up and toilets. Make sure there isn’t a drop of water coming from any of those fixtures. If so, jump on the repair right away. The same goes for a running toilet. Catch it if you can. As for air leaks, these would be found around window casements and doors. Those leaks, however small, are letting warm air out and cold air in. That will have you ratcheting up the thermostat when you don’t need to.

Make a Check List

There are also ongoing maintenance items like swapping out batteries in fire alarms, changing air filters in vents and flushing out the septic system. Create a checklist, set alarm reminders on your phone and you’ll be on top of things.

Get Rid Of the Rubbish

Once you finish unpacking you might have discovered that you brought with you a lot of rubbish from your old place. That is understandable the focus was to just make sure everything was brought on the moving truck. But you certainly don’t want to start a new life in a new home with old junk. One call to Junk King Worcester can take care that. They’ll send over a team of professional movers that has been licensed, bonded and insured. They will quickly lift and load all the rubbish items you want to get rid of. Make sure your new home is junk free with help from Junk King Worcester.

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