March 17th, 2020 11:56 AM by Jackie A. Graves, President
Congrats on buying
a new home. Being a new homeowner is a big step and as a new homeowner you will
want to keep a few tips in mind:
1. Inspect Your
A home's foundation
can become damaged due to various factors, such as the soil around the home's
base becoming drenched due to snow or rain. If there are existing cracks, then
they can become even bigger, which can lead to more complex and costly issues.
The ground around the base of the home should slope away from the home,
preferably by around 7 inches over 12 feet.
Check for obvious
damage, too. Are there visible cracks? If so, then fix them as soon as
The chances are you
already had your foundation inspected by a professional, but you still want to
do it yourself. Although rare, there may be something that was missed during
the initial inspection. If you haven't gotten your foundation inspected, then
you definitely need to go out and take a look at it now.
2. Create A
Another thing new
homeowners should do is create a homeowner's journal. This can be as
simple as buying a ring binder and using it to keep important stuff in. This
includes repair receipts, the insurance paperwork for the home and anything
else that is relevant to the house. One day you might need this info, and
you'll easily be able to find it when that day comes.
3. Get A Warranty
Just like there are
warranties for cars, there are warranties for home. Generally speaking, a home
warranty in Texas can cover many things ranging from electrical work to
plumbing issues to garbage disposals to duct-work to central vacuums,
appliances and much more. If you have a warranty that covers such items in your
home, then you can have them replaced or repaired if something goes wrong with
The bottom line is
when it comes to a home warranty, homeowners like yourself will receive peace
of mind. You will be thankful to have it if the time comes that you need to use
it. Just remember, different warranties cover different things, but as a
homeowner you will definitely want to look into getting a warranty.
4. Change Your
Locks & Add More Protection
This may be
something you don't think is necessary, but it is. You want to change your locks as soon as possible.
Hire a locksmith to do this if you're not sure how, and make sure you choose
durable locks that are hard or nearly impossible to break.
While you're at it,
add more protection as you change the locks. For example, adding an alarm
system at the front door can give you additional peace of mind. Another option
you can do is invest in smart locks for certain doors, and this will allow you
to control the locks via a single remote.
5. Locate Your Main
The fifth and last
tip is to locate your main water shutoff. Knowing where this is will come in
handy during the event of an emergency. These emergencies include a leaky
faucet, a busted water pump or a leaky washing machine pipe or another type of
plumbing pipe. Shutting off the main water supply will stop the water from
continuing to run.
After you locate
the main water shutoff, turn it off and on a few times. This will help you
react fast when the time comes. Trust us, you don't want to be confused on how
to turn it off when an emergency does arise.
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