We construct your home with carefully selected materials and the effort of experienced craftsmen and laborers under the supervision of our field personnel. Although this group works from detailed plans and specifications, a home is still one of the last hand-built products left in the world, each one is unique and over time, each behaves differently and we believe caring for your new home will ensure a lifetime of enjoyment.
Similar to your automobile, your home also requires care from the first day. Regular attention is essential to maintaining a quality home for a lifetime. So to help, we have put together a list of tips.
Springtime Tips for New Home Owners
- Water and fertilize lawns, landscaping & trees as needed.
- Remember that new lawns need more frequent watering than established grass. Most lawns do well on an inch or less of water per week. Broad leaf weeds are not uncommon in new lawns. The good news is that with just a little care, the majority will typically go away within or shortly after the first growing season.
- Check gutters to be sure they are clean and free of debris after the winter’s rain.
- Irrigation systems should be shut down by October 1 and should be winterized by late October or early November.
- Lawn fertilization, lime applications, and weed control measures should be completed before winter.
- Prune shrubs and hedges by October 15.
- Prune trees in October when cooler weather forces sap to stop flowing.
- Cut back (most) perennials as they die, and complete your pruning by the end of October.
- Remove and empty all hoses for winter storage; cover your outside faucets with a cover that can be purchased at your local home improvement store.
- Ensure that gutters are free of debris.
Tile and Grout: Do seal the grout in your bathroom or kitchen as it helps maintain the aesthetic appearance of your floor as well as its longevity. To clean the grout, use a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive cleaner. For extremely hard to remove stains, contact a tile company for advice before using an abrasive, which can permanently damage the surface. In addition, you will want to seal any natural stone tile (typically installed for your kitchen backsplash and shower floor). Penetrating stone sealers will work well for these sealing applications.
Windows and Mirrors: Use a clean cloth and a commercially available glass cleaner.
Woodwork: Use a mild soap and water solution to clean woodwork. (Do not use strong soaps as they may tarnish the wood finish.) Be sure to completely rinse off all soap and wipe up any excess water as wood left soaked with water may swell or warp.
Appliances: Use the appliances’ instruction books to learn the proper use and maintenance of your kitchen appliances. (Be sure you complete your warranties and record them with the manufacturer(s).
Water Heater: To clean the tank or burners, seek professional help. For routine maintenance, follow the instructions provided on the heater. Keep all flammable materials well away from the hot water heater.
Doors: Seasonal changes in temperature and humidity cause wood to expand and contract and may make doors easier or harder to open and/or close. Only extreme difficulty in opening or closing a door warrants maintenance and repair.
Extremely Cold Weather: Leave cabinet doors under sinks open to allow warm air to circulate around the plumbing. Faucets left at a trickle, especially at night, can help prevent freezing.
Water Shut-Off: Be sure to locate and identify your water shut-off valve. Should water shut-off be necessary in a house with an electric water heater, be sure to turn off the water heater’s circuit breaker to avoid burning out the heater element. Before turning on the breaker for the heater, run water from the hot water pipes into a sink to bleed air out of the lines.
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