sold 243x300 Simplified Home Maintenance for First time HomeownersBuying a home is an exciting, large, and worthwhile investment.  After the home-buying process is over, many new owners focus on the best ways to maintain their property. Proper home maintenance can save homeowners thousands of dollars in repairs and upgrades over the years. It is common for first-time owners to be unaware of the types of maintenance they need to complete each year.

Owners can simplify the process by creating a quick checklist and information sheet that can be used for years into the future.

Create a contact list

There are several types of professionals that homeowners may need hire to complete projects or audits on their homes. It can be helpful to create a list of potential service providers, their contact information and the type of work they specialize in early on, according to AOL Real Estate. Homeowners can begin by asking for recommendations from neighbors, friends and family about the best service providers in the area. In addition, consumers should do their own research on contractors, electricians, plumbers and other professionals in the area.

Another good idea is to contact your local Coldwell Banker real estate office to see if they have some preferred contractors they can recommend. If anyone knows who the best contractors are in your area, it’s your local Coldwell Banker office, who probably calls on contractors on a regular basis to help get homes ready for sale. (learn more about finding the right contractor)

Having a list of professionals on hand can help homeowners respond to potential problems quickly or plan for basic maintenance tasks.

Create a supply kit

Individuals who moved from an apartment to a new home may forget to purchase basic items, such as flashlights and shovels when they move into a new home. Let me tell you, from experience, being caught in a snow storm with out a shovel as an apartment dweller is NOT FUN! Homeowners can better prepare for home maintenance tasks by creating a list of home items they need and making the purchases. Over the years, homeowners may need ladders, tool kits, lawn and garden items and other instruments to complete basic work around their homes.

Visiting a home improvement store and speaking with a professional or simply walking the aisles can clue homeowners in to the tools they may lack. Of course, neighbors are often willing to lend a tool or ladder when needed as well.

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Create a month-to-month checklist

Create a month-to-month checklist

There are several tasks homeowners need to complete on a monthly or seasonal basis. Developing a calendar that outlines each action that needs to be completed can keep homeowners on target and help them avoid forgetting about maintenance actions. The list can include items as simple as conducting an energy audit and cleaning the gutters to weeding the lawn and laying down flower beds. In addition, homeowners should create a timeline for replacing roofing, boiler systems and appliances.