9 Home maintenance tips for first time homebuyers


Buying your first home is a really exciting experience but it can also be overwhelming. There are many new responsibilities and things you need to figure out how to do. You have a new home to take care of and keep in good shape.

Fortunately home maintenance can be easy and is more straightforward than you think. Consistently doing some simple things will keep your home in working order. These basic routine cleaning and upkeep steps should become a habit for any new homeowner.

Duct cleaning

A lot of dust and debris can build up in your ducts over time. This is a great way to prevent that build up from getting too bad especially if you own pets or have allergies. Do this every three to five years.

Inspect taps and faucets

The last thing you want is a tap or faucet that has been leaking for a long time without you noticing. This can cause water damage and mould growth. Anywhere that is a source of moisture in your home can lead to problems so keep an eye on these locations. Look at the faucet from the top and underneath the counter. Look for signs of water build up or damage to the counter.

Change filters

If you have filters in your air ducts they will need to be changed periodically. You should also change filters in your air conditioner and furnace. Every three months is the recommended frequency for changing ventilation filters.

Get basic tools

Having a tool around when you need it is so much easier than having to run out to the store for it. Assemble a basic toolbox and a set of yard tools. Have seasonal tools ready. Buy a snow shovel when you move in instead of when there’s a freak storm in January and you are freezing.

Find a contractor you like

At some point in time you’re going to need to hire a contractor to do basic jobs around the house. Ask your friends, family and coworkers if they have any recommendations. Make sure to check references. Some websites include reviews of contractors.

Get your gutters cleaned

Your gutters should be cleaned at least once a year to keep them running smoothly. Leaving them until you have a problem is a great way to end up with a serious repair bill and drainage issues.

Repair damaged siding or stucco

If there’s a hole, crack or missing piece of siding in your homes exterior fix it right away. Look for signs of wear and problems. You don’t want a small problem to grow.

Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

If your home doesn’t come with smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors you will want to put them in right away. You should test them once a month and change the batteries twice a year. Some will plug into an electrical system so you won’t have to worry about changing batteries. Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors will also have expiration dates. Watch for these and replace them when needed.


You shouldn’t leave your drains until they are clogged or broken. Inspect them once a month to make sure they are draining well. Clean them if needed. You can pour vinegar down them, which acts as a natural drain cleaner and kills mould.

Home maintenance is easy. All it takes is planning and foresight. Any new homeowner can start these routines early to keep their home in good shape for years and to avoid unnecessary expenses.

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Daniel Jones
Daniel Jones
19:55 14 Aug 18
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James Palmer
James Palmer
15:05 14 Sep 18
They did a great job for the downpipes replacement, it looks awesome and professional. There were a small issues for one of the downpipes, they came back the next day and changed a new one for me after I called them. The price is reasonable and the material is a great quality, the installers are their own guys, not subcontract. I am happy about my experience.
Mingwei Liu
Mingwei Liu
06:18 09 Jun 18
North Shore has taken care of a great deal of our maintenance and they always do a great job. Service is fantastic and there have never been any issues with them returning if we needed a touch up after a service. Pricing is always fair and scheduling always on point.
Jooles Dub
Jooles Dub
00:42 04 Jul 18
I have been using this service on behalf of our townhouse complex in Burnaby for the past 3 years. Roof cleaning, gutter repair, and other roofline repairs and maintenance have all been done promptly, quickly and carefully. It was worth it to search for this company and this result, as we have been treated poorly by other more local companies. Prices are reasonable despite the extra travel they do to get here. Invoices and responses to requests are always reliable.
Eric Mulholland
Eric Mulholland
16:27 20 Sep 18
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22:02 27 Dec 18