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Caring For Your New Home

You’ve purchased one of the brand new homes in Jordan MN and just like with a new car, you want to keep that new home smell — well, at least that new home feel where everything is clean and shiny and working. Fortunately, your home comes with a warranty, but there are certain things, even with a warranty that you should be aware of in order to maintain your home so it keeps that shine for years to come. It will take some work, but it will be worth it in the long run.

You have the warranty, but to make sure you don’t negate the warranty, you should read and retain all warranty documents so you know what is expected. You’ll need to follow up on any recommended maintenance for all required parts of your home, and if something does go wrong, follow the claim procedure properly. Your best bet is to also keep a list of all work done on your home. While you’re likely to keep a digital file, you may also want to keep a physical file, along with any invoices and keep it all together with your home warranty paperwork or similar documents so it’s easy to find. This can also be helpful when it comes time to sell your home.

On a more general level, there are certain regular habits you should try to get into to maintain your home. Look at your actions and see what is most likely to cause scratches, chips, stains, gouges, etc., and try to prevent them, through actions or through protective products.

You also want to make sure you’re cleaning your home with the appropriate products. Stainless steel, granite, marble, wood, and other materials require certain care and may need to receive protective treatment periodically. The more consistent you are in the maintenance — which includes simple general cleaning of the home — the longer your home will maintain its like-new qualities.

Ideally, keep a calendar of some sort with at least general dates of when certain maintenance should be done. This way you’re less likely to forget. Even a sheet of paper tacked on a message board in the kitchen with monthly things to do can help. This should include seasonal changes of various filters, cleaning of gutters, inspections of furnaces, cooling equipment, and fireplaces, and checking/replacing batteries on home safety items like smoke detectors, and getting your fire extinguisher checked periodically. Also keep an eye on ventilation systems and avoid interfering with them. Key Land Homes are built with state-of-the-art ventilation, so be sure you know how to maintain them properly to avoid the risk of radon buildup and other hazards.

Don’t forget the maintenance of the outside of your home. Even if landscaping isn’t a passion, it’s important to make sure that there’s proper drainage so that there’s no water getting to your home’s foundation. If you’re unsure, hire someone to check and have them show you how to maintain drainage away from the home.

You also want to keep any concrete, such as walkways and driveways, free from standing water. Fill in any low areas along the edges, and seal cracks with concrete caulk. You’re bound to have some cracking, once again due to settling and weather, but it’s important to remove snow and ice and protect against de-icing agents.

These are just a few of the things to be aware of when moving into one of the new homes in Jordan MN. Caulking, and various mechanical systems and machines need proper care and maintenance. The longer you let something go, the more likely it is to create a costly repair, so be sure to stay on top of your home maintenance. The extra effort is worth it when you have a home that doesn’t cause you problems and looks and works its best for years to come. Contact us today to learn about our quality-built homes and how we work with you even after your home is built to ensure a properly functioning home.

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