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Extend the Life of Your Home with Regular Maintenance

When buying a new home in Toronto, there are many factors you will need to take into account, such as the cost and location. But once you move in, there’s one important thing you need to remember above all else: home maintenance!

Regular home maintenance is the one thing that is often at the bottom of most buyers’ lists when they’re looking at buying a new home in Toronto. But Bremont Homes, the leading home builder in the Greater Toronto Area, tells their customers that once they move in, there are small tasks that they can perform that will extend the life of their home and add curb appeal.

One of the most important home maintenance tasks you should take into account when buying a new home in Toronto is landscaping. Choose shrubbery that won’t grow too quickly and leave your home looking like something out of a horror movie. Weed regularly, mulch your lawn at least once a year, and mow your lawn at least once a week.

They say the entrance to your home makes the first impression. That’s why you should regularly paint your front door and make sure there’s fresh weather stripping; this will also cut down on drafts, reducing your energy bill. Checking the caulking surrounding your windows and filling in any gaps also cuts down on drafts. Do this at least twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall.

When buying a new home in Toronto, the bathroom is often one of the first rooms potential home buyers look at since it will be one of the most used. To keep it looking beautiful, check the sink regularly to make sure there are no leaks. While we use only the best plumbing for our homes, this is still one of the regular maintenance tasks that every homeowner should perform. Keep a close eye on mirrors, the shower stall, and the bathtub and recaulk as needed.

When buying a new home in Toronto, you’ll also need to keep a close eye on the condition of your roof. Leaks can cause your insulation to develop mould, which leads to a variety of health problems. In addition, having insulation removed is an expensive and time-consuming project.

With summers in the Greater Toronto Area getting hotter and hotter, as well as the cold winters we have experienced, keeping your heating and air conditioning unit in good condition is imperative. That’s why we recommend having your HVAC unit inspected at least once a year. You should also clean or change the air filter on a monthly basis and keep vegetation a minimum of two feet away from the unit. Finally, to keep your hot water heater running smoothly, drain and flush it once a year.

Bremont Homes advises that if you keep this list of home maintenance tasks handy when buying a new home in Toronto, you’ll extend the life of your home and avoid costly repairs.

Source:

Franke, M., “Preserve and protect your home investment with maintenance,” The Courier of Montgomery County, July 5, 2014; http://www.yourhoustonnews.com/courier/opinion/preserve-and-protect-your-home-investment-with-maintenance/article_3c2754ac-8f65-55c5-8b1e-ccf55fbd0d6a.html.