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Maintaining Your Home

What kind of home maintenance will I have to do?

Remember, as a homeowner, you are now your own landlord! You are responsible for taking care of your home. When your home is brand new, it will probably hum along without a problem. Make sure to ask your Habitat advisor for information on what items in your home are protected by a warranty and how long each warranty lasts.

As your home gets older, you may need to repair or replace some items to keep your home in good repair. If you’re not handy with home repairs, ask your Habitat affiliate office to give you a list of subcontractors in your area for repairs and replacements.

Basic Home Care

Taking care of your home is a big responsibility because of all the things a home comes with. Here are some of the items you’ll need to know how to maintain, use, fix, or replace.

  • Screens
  • Paint: interior and exterior
  • Carpeting
  • Lawn: includes mowing, raking and trimming bushes and trees
  • Smoke detectors
  • GFI outlets
  • Toilets
  • Washer and dryer
  • Water heater
  • Pipes
  • Pest control
  • Roofs
  • Gutters and downspouts

A lot of home maintenance is easy to do and fairly cheap. Your habitat affiliate or local hrdware store can provide you with resources for making your own repairs.

To help you plan for replacing large items, take a look at how long things last:

 

Item

Carpeting                                                                        11 years

Concrete Walk                                                                24 years

Furnace or heat pump                                                    10 to 12 years

Paint (exterior)                                                                5 to 10 years

Paint (interior)                                                                 7 years

Range (gas or electric)                                                  17 to 19 years

Roof (asphalt shingle)                                                    15 to 20 years

Water heater                                                                  10 to 15 years

* A heat pump can  both heat and cool the air.