Your First Year as a Homeowner: A Maintenance Survival Guide

New home, new adventures! Homeownership is an exciting journey, part of it is giving proper TLC to keep it in great condition, ensuring safety, comfort, and financial well-being. Below is a list of home maintenance tasks new homeowners must do in the next 365 days:

First Couple of Weeks:

  • Change Locks: Rekey or change locks on exterior doors for security.
  • Deep Clean: Give your new home a thorough cleaning before moving in furniture and belongings.
  • Check Safety Devices: Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms; replace batteries if needed.
  • Locate Main Water Shut-off: Know how to turn off the water supply in case of emergencies.


First Month:

  • HVAC System Inspection: Schedule an HVAC professional to inspect and tune-up your heating and cooling system.
  • Plumbing Check: Inspect pipes and faucets for leaks; address any issues promptly.
  • Landscaping: Start lawn care and establish a maintenance routine if you have a yard. Consider drought-resistant landscaping and irrigation system maintenance to conserve water effectively.
  • Pest Inspection: Consider a professional pest inspection and treatment, especially if the home was vacant.


First Six Months:

  • Gutters and Downspouts: Clean gutters and downspouts to prevent clogs and water damage.
  • Inspect Roof: Check for loose or damaged shingles; inspect the attic for leaks.
  • Window Seals: Inspect and repair any damaged or leaking window seals.
  • Appliance Maintenance: Clean or service appliances as needed, including the refrigerator coils and dryer vents.


First Year:

  • Tree Pruning: Trim branches that are too close to the house to prevent potential damage.
  • Exterior Maintenance: Repaint or touch up exterior surfaces as necessary to protect against weather damage.
  • Water Heater Flush: Drain and flush the water heater to remove sediment buildup.
  • Foundation Inspection: Check the foundation for cracks or settling; address issues promptly.
  • Attic Insulation: Assess insulation and consider adding more for energy efficiency.



  • Monthly Maintenance: Continue monthly tasks such as HVAC filter changes and testing safety devices.
  • Seasonal Tasks: Adjust your maintenance routine for each season, including lawn care and HVAC maintenance. 
  • Home Insurance Review: Periodically review your homeowner’s insurance policy to ensure it provides adequate coverage.
  • Emergency Kit: Keep an emergency kit with essentials like flashlights, batteries, first aid supplies, and non-perishable food.


Regular upkeep is not only the responsible thing to do but a cost-effective way to enjoy your home. Surprise repairs can really hit you hard in the future if the minor things are ignored, unless you availed a home warranty. Keeping a maintenance schedule can help you stay on top of these tasks and enjoy your new home for years to come.

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