Buying your first home is very exciting! But before you jump straight into decorating plans and fantasizing about sipping tea while staring out of a snowy window, make sure that all your bases are covered. You don’t want to be freezing cold and shivering while you sip that tea, after all.
The sooner you get an HVAC company to inspect your heating and air conditioning, and do a little inspecting for yourself, the sooner you’ll be able to enjoy the other parts of your home. Remember that a new home is a chance to start fresh. Use your blank slate to create a home maintenance schedule and document everything as you go.
If you’ve just moved into your new home, there are a few easy starter projects you can take on to start improving your home right away. These are three things you should do as soon as you move into your home to save on energy and electrical bills down the line:
1. Check the Attic Insulation
The first place you should head to after you become a homeowner: the attic. Before you start stashing things up there, it’s best to know whether or not you’ll need to insulate the attic or not. Come winter, your decision will have a huge impact on your heating bills and the comfort of your family.
2. Install LED Light Bulbs
It’s a small investment, doesn’t take a lot of time, and is a no-brainer cost-benefit wise. LED bulbs simply save so much electricity that they have a big impact on the energy bill and the planet. Plus, they last a very long time, meaning that after the initial overhaul of bulbs, you will rarely find yourself changing them again.
3. Plant Shade Trees Near Your Home
They may be short now, but eventually those shade trees will grow and cover your home, reducing your heating and cooling costs significantly. Just make sure not to plant those trees too close to any sewer pipes, since roots can literally strangle them, resulting in significant costs.
Home maintenance is a continuous process, and will never really end, but you can set yourself up for success in the very beginning by making sure that you have all your home maintenance bases covered when you move in, especially essential ones like residential plumbing (even a small leak can waste up to 3,000 gallons of water a year), residential electrical needs, and HVAC repairs and upgrades.