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5 Tips for Caring for Your New Custom Home

When you invest in a new vehicle, you naturally want to do everything in your power to optimize its performance and lengthen its lifespan; that means staying on top of routine maintenance needs, from oil changes to tire rotations.

The same principle holds true with a luxury home. When you have your dream home custom-designed to meet all your specifications, it’s only natural to feel excited about it—and, to want to maintain your home in all its splendor. That means taking care of a few routine maintenance tasks, ensuring that everything is tidy and clean and that all your home systems work the way they’re supposed to.

It can be a big job, but with a systematic approach, it’s more than possible to give your home the care it needs. Here are some guidelines to get you started.

Keep an Eye on the Plumbing

The quickest way to feel panicked about your new home is to let the plumbing systems lapse; simply put, when you’ve got a leak or a malfunctional toilet, it can very quickly spiral into a major issue.

However, just keeping an eye on your plumbing can help you spot and potentially avert problems before they snowball into crises.

  • If you’re on a septic system, make sure you have it flushed out regularly; the average is once every two or three years, but it can vary depending on the size of your family.
  • If you have a sump pump, test it every couple of months just to make sure it’s working as it should.
  • Once every few months, take some time to eyeball any pipes that are hidden in cabinets or in the basement; if you see visible signs of leakage or condensation, make the needed repairs.
  • At the same time, check toilets for any leaks or any visible erosion along rubber flaps.
  • Check your hot water heater, and occasionally drain out the sediment; this can keep it working properly for a long time to come.

Change the Batteries

One of the most essential components of home maintenance is making sure your custom home is safe—and that starts with your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Routine battery checks help you ensure these alerts are working as intended. It’s a simple step, and frankly, the only reason homeowners don’t do it is because they just forget. Some practical tips:

  • By making this a recurring item on your Google Calendar—say, scheduled for once every two or three months—you can make sure you don’t totally skip over it.
  • In larger homes with quite a few detectors, it may be helpful to keep a list of them, just making sure none get overlooked.

Clean the Gutters

Cleaning the gutters is one of those seasonal chores that many homeowners dread—but do be aware of some options. For one, you can have your custom home designed with gutter shields in place, which largely automates this process. And of course, you can always hire gutter professionals, which prevents you from having to get up on a ladder.

Regardless of how you do it, please note that it’s important: Gutter build-ups can impede water flow and lead to damaged landscaping as well as roofing problems. But all of that’s avoidable with basic seasonal maintenance.

Do Some Caulking

Having a caulk gun, and knowing how to use it, can be a pivotal way to keep your home in prime condition. Here are a couple of practical applications:

  • Every year, you can gently re-apply caulk to the edges of your shower and bathtub, preventing against any long-term plumbing damage.
  • You can also re-apply caulk in any fissures you see around doors and windows, enhancing your home’s climate control and energy efficiency.

Don’t Forget the Cleaning!

Of course, a lot of your home maintenance effort is going to go into basic cleaning. Much of this is going to be self-evident, but one thing we’ll specify is the value in routinely touching up your walls, ceilings, floorboards, and trim—all of which can keep your home truly looking brand new.

Learn More About Custom Home Building

Home maintenance is always a consideration, but when you’re living in your dream home, it’s totally worth it—a smart way to maintain your investment for as long as possible.

If you’re curious about some of the options available to you in today’s custom home designs, we invite you to give us a call. Here at SeBern Custom Homes, our approach is to get to know our clients, listen to their needs, then really take our time to design the house that’s perfectly aligned with their specifications. Reach out to us today to begin the process.

To set up a free consultation, call SeBern Custom Homes today at 630-377-7767.