So you’ve gone through the entire process of building your custom home from the initial consultation to moving in, but what do you need to do from here?

Home ownership is a hands-on job, which means that maintenance of your home – even a new one – is key to maintaining the value and curb appeal of the property.

Maintenance of your home is also beneficial because it cuts down on cost later on; keeping everything in top shape means that you won’t need to replace things later on or pay for expensive repairs. Here are some important tips on how to easily maintain your new custom home.

Take care of the lawn and trees

The lawn is one of the first things that people visiting your home see. A well-maintained, regularly trimmed lawn is an easy way to maintain the curb appeal of your new home, and it’s a great way to make a good impression on your new neighbors.

Lawn and tree maintenance is also important for keeping your new home safe. Diseased or dying trees pose a threat to your family and your home with their liability to break or fall. Oak trees should also be a good distance away from the home – the sprawling roots may compromise the strength of the foundation.

Inspect entryways

Doors and windows are the easiest places for dirt, water, and bugs to get into your home. Placing mats and shoe racks at each entrance can help reduce the amount of dirt tracked inside by encouraging guests to either wipe off the bottoms of their shoes or to remove their shoes entirely.

You should also inspect your door and window caulking regularly to make sure there are no crevices for leaks or bugs to join you in your new home. Make sure that you have the correct weatherstripping applied as well.

Protect against fire hazards

Cleaning out your clothes dryer’s exhaust duct may not be fun, but it is an important step is maintaining the safety of your new home. Dryer lint is the main cause of fires that begin in the laundry room, and a build-up in the duct increases your chance of a fire starting.

Other common fire hazards to check on and maintain include the chimney, heating and electrical equipment, and appliances. The Underwriters Laboratories (UL) hold to a high safety standard, so you can know that appliances approved by the UL are well made.

Regularly check your drainage systems

If there are any issues with the piping, catching those issues early can make all the difference. Faulty pipes or leaks can cause mold and mildew to build up in the frame and/or foundation of your home, the repairs of which could cost a lot more than a leaky pipe caught quickly.