Home Care

Protect Your Investment

Important Home Care Tips that Every Iowa Homeowner Should Know

You purchased your dream home, now it’s time to protect your investment for years to come. Proactive maintenance is most effective when performed at regular intervals.  A home is one of the last hand-built products left.  Although, quality materials and workmanship have been used in your home, this does not mean that it will require no care or maintenance.  A home, like an automobile, requires care and attention from day one.  Natural fluctuations in temperature and humidity also affect your home.

General homeowner maintenance is essential to providing a quality home for a lifetime. Many times, a repair handled promptly, or a minor adjustment, prevents a more serious time consuming and often costly repair later.  By caring your new home attentively, you ensure your enjoyment of it for years.  The attention provided by each homeowner contributes significantly to the overall desirability of the community.

We recognize that it is impossible to anticipate and describe every attention needed for good home care, but here are a few important items to refer to throughout the year.

Caulking – Inspect and repair caulked areas as necessary
(Kitchen and bath wet areas, flushing areas, window and door seals, siding, stucco or mortar cracks, etc).

Exterior Drainage – Check conditions to ensure nothing is causing water to stand in puddles for more than 24 hours and that water is not flowing toward your foundation.

Exterior Spigots – Disconnect all hoses from exterior sill cocks before the temperature drops below freezing. Shut off exterior water.

Exterior Vents – Inspect and clean. Make sure air flows freely and that there are no holes around edges where small animals could enter.

Furnace & Kitchen Vent Filters – Clean or replace per filter/furnace guidelines.

Ground Fault Interrupters – Check your GFI for proper operation by pushing the test button and resetting them.

Gutters – Clean to ensure there is nothing disrupting flow of water.

HVAC – Inspect and service your HVAC system per manufacturer

Plumbing – Test and run water through any plumbing fixtures not used on a regular basis and check for any leaks.

Smoke Alarms – Test & replace smoke alarm batteries.

Sprinkler Systems – Inspect and adjust water coverage. Winterize before temperature drops below freezing.

Sump Pump – Make sure sump is operating properly, clean if needed

Window Weeps – Inspect and clean weep holes.