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WhalingVessel
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New homeowner questions



Moving into my new home on October 28th. Is there anything I should know or that I'm maybe not thinking about? Things you veteran homeowners have learned along the way? I Live in Texas by the way if that mattters.

Things that should be done maintenance wise to the house and yard, and at what times of year and how often??

Things I should keep, such as reciepts, files, other important documents?

Really anything else you can think of that maybe I "should" know, and things you picked up along the way when you first moved into your first home.







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tiger91
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Member since Nov 2005
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Here in hurricane prone Louisiana we keep receipts from big items ... furniture, appliances ... and a photo of it just in case we need it for insurance purposes.

We have a yearly pest control that sprays outside -- once we were set up they come annually and I don't have to call them.

If you have anything gas I'd get a carbon monoxide detector.

Keep gutters clean and free of debris.

I've got everything from the purchase of our house ...we've been here 16 years and I guess I could throw it away but I'd rather not.

Don't know what else to tell you but I'm sure I'll learn something when others pop in here.






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Mr.Perfect
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Save a pool of cash up. There WILL be things wrong the inspector missed. Or just things he could not determine.





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Ranger198
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Make sure your attic is well insulated, will save you money in the long run. Pest control is another one as the other guy said. Maybe pressure wash the house every year or so. Being a homeowner is good but a lot of work at times. Good luck





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guttata
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Epoxy the garage/carport floor now. It will make it much easier to clean later and once you move in, you'll never want to do it.





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Mr.Perfect
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Is this new construction?





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Blakely Bimbo
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Each April make sure you put a cup of Clorox Bleach down the Air Cond drain Pipe if you have one that is accessible. Just think tax time.

Make digital photos of your stuff in your house once you get settled and save them somewhere safe.

Moisture damages. Make sure to take care of any leaks pronto.






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Chris4x4gill2
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North Alabama
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Dont ignore small problems. Repair them ASAP so they dont become big problems.

Figure out what maintenance needs to be done and how often - air filters, batteries in smoke detectors, oil change in lawn mower, clean gutters, weed/feed for lawn - things you do a couple times a year or less and mark them on your calender when they need to be done (or when you do them) - use that to mark next years calander for a reminder.

Digital photos of contents plus excel file of serial numbers for big ticket items. Save to a thumb drive and store in a fire proof safe. If you can, make a second copy and store it at your parents house or somewhere off site.

With landscaping, many times its easier to rip it out and start over than to try and tame something thats been let go to pot.







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SpidermanTUba
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Is there anything I should know or that I'm maybe not thinking about?


Yes. Lots. Especially if you bought an old home. You're in for a treat!

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Things you veteran homeowners have learned along the way?


If you want it done right, do it yourself. If you want it done in any reasonable amount of time, hire somebody.

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Things I should keep, such as reciepts, files, other important documents?


Any documentation of upgrades to your homes electric or plumbing is a must to have around for insurance, esp. if its an old home.



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redfish99
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Make sure lawn drains away from house on all sides. And no low spots. If putting in a shed later build up a spot for it now.





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ProudLSUMom
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Baton Rouge
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Are termites an issue in Texas? If so, I would recommend getting a termite contract with Terminix or other reputable termite contractor.







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WhalingVessel
Member since Dec 2008
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quote:

Is this new construction?
Yes it is. I do my initial walk through October 21st with the inspector. Then last walkthrough October 28th to make sure anything that was caught is fixed. Close after walkthrough on the 28th.






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Mr.Perfect
Louisiana
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You will have less frustration than order homes if its been insulated and built right....


I still say open an account you pay $100 or whatever you want into each month to pre fund for the unexpected.






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SpidermanTUba
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You will have less frustration than order homes if its been insulated and built right....



THIS

Our summer electricity bill dropped from $280 to $180 after we insulated just the attic of our 1910ish shotgun.
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