Maintaining your custom home may sound like a chore, but doing it right could save you a lot of time, money and heartache in the long run.

Preparing a routine maintenance checklist for your custom home should help you keep on the top of less frequent tasks, and being self- disciplined should take care of the everyday ones.

 

01Cleaning out the Gutters

Living in the Pacific Northwest, we have a lot of beautiful trees that surround our homes. However, in the fall those beautiful trees lose their leaves right in the gutters of your custom home. Removing debris from you gutters each year will ensure that they drain properly – reducing the risk of overflowing, and the water damage this can cause.

 

Frequency:

  • Once per year

How:

  • Stand on a ladder and start closest to the downpipe
  • Use a trowel to transfer debris from your gutter to a bucket
  • Then use clean water to flush out the debris, preventing clogs

 

02Check for Leaks

2,000 to 20,000 gallons of water can be lost each year through avoidable leaks. So it is definitely worth taking the time to check your pipes on your custom built home.

 

 

Frequency:

  • 1-2 times a year

How:

  • Examine all pipes, seals on baths, toilets, sinks, showers and tap washers for any leaks or damp accumulation in hard-to-reach places.

 

03Inspect Fire Safety Apparatus:

12% of households in the US don’t have a working smoke alarm. 27% of all smoke alarm failures are caused by missing or dead batteries. Protect your custom home with these precautions.

 

Frequency:

  • Monthly

How:

  • Test your fire extinguishers and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors for defects or low batteries ensuring early fire detection.

 

04Clean and Disinfect your Custom Home

Regular cleaning isn’t just about being house – proud. It can prevent respiratory problems and the spread of illness too.

 

 

Frequency:

  • 1-3 times a week

How:

  • Thoroughly clean all surfaces with appropriate cleaning products
  • Remember to use a disinfecting spray on doorknobs, light switches and computer keyboards

 

05Get Rid of Clutter and Miscellany

Ever feel like your custom home is too cluttered? 47% of people feel stressed every day from excess clutter in their homes, according to a 2013 Mental Heal foundation survey.

 

 

Frequency:

  • Daily

How:

  • Be strict about what you bring into your home
  • Ensure everything has a genuine practical use and you have somewhere to put it

 

06Be Mindful of Food Hygiene

100,000 times more germs can be contained within the kitchen sink versus the bathroom, including e coli and salmonella. Lazy habits can spread illness like colds and the flu.

 

Frequency:

  • Daily

How:

  • Wash your hands before handling food, and after touching meat and pets
  • Use different chopping boards for raw and ready-to eat foods such as bread, fruit, or vegetables.

 

07Properly Ventilate your Custom Home

Proper ventilation is essential to keeping your custom home fresh and healthy. Condensation, mold, and mildew can damage your property and cause respiratory problems.

 

Frequency:

  • Daily

How:

  • Ensure there is and extractor fan in your bathroom and kitchen, and use them every time you cook or bathe.
  • Open your windows or trickle vents regularly

 

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Todd Delahunt

Delahunt Homes is a residential, custom, luxury home builder serving the Portland Metropolitan area and other parts of the Pacific Northwest. We've been building custom dream homes featured in The Street of Dreams since 1992.
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