Tips for Maintaining a Newly Built Home

Tips for Maintaining a Newly Built Home

Not much is more exciting than a shiny, new toy. And of all the nice, shiny new toys out there, not much could ever match the excitement of a shiny, nice, new home. The time to start ensuring that nice, shiny, new home stays nice, shiny and new-looking for as long as possible is on the day of its unwrapping.

So, when your builder takes you on the tour, take copious notes. There will not be a quiz. But, there is likely to be info that can not be found on any hard copy maintenance and ownership documentation. That said, that documentation should be perused with a fine-tooth comb. Highlight the essentials.

Start logging and tracking right away. Note when stuff gets done and stuff is maintained. That way you will get a bead on when it will need to happen next. This is especially important for growing families, that will need to keep abreast of shrinking timelines as wear and tear grows.

It may seem obvious, but cleanliness is next to newness in home upkeep speak. Not only will the house be more habitable and cozier, it will also prevent wear and tear to keep it clean. And, everyone needs to be brought on board, so all house-users know how to keep stuff scratch-free, minimally damaged and looking good.

When it comes time to sell, you will want all your ducks and documents in a row, that is warranties and maintenance info in good order. In terms of maintenance, it is especially critical with new homes to keep an eye on the yard, which is likely to settle. Watch for drainage problems. Watch out for windows and doors settling too. Most of all, enjoy your new home.

Key Takeaways:

  • Cleanliness isn’t just next to godliness, it will also minimize wear and tear on your house and keep it new-looking longer.
  • Pay attention to your builder’s tips on tour day, when you take ownership, and review your owner’s manual with a fine-tooth comb.
  • Carefully track when maintenance happens, not just to know when more maintenance needs to happen, but also to have good records when you want to resell.

“Congratulations on moving into your newly built home and may you enjoy many happy years living there.”

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How to Patch a Plaster and Lathe Ceiling

Patching a lathe and plaster cieling can be a messy job causing debris in your living space, there are a couple of ways to replace the lathe and plaster. The first would involve you cutting out a section and installing a sheet with the same thickness as the plaster and fixing it that way, the second way involve using a board, the objective is to try and push the plaster back in without causing a big mess.

From outdoor living spaces to solving drainage issues, landscaping deserves a careful look


Good landscaping design can really enhance the look and feel of your property. For example, the Lindberg family hired a landscape company to design the landscaping for their home, and got a custom-designed, globally-inspired project that features 480 boulders and gabion walls made of steel boxes full of rocks. Many landscaping projects aren’t nearly as complex, though — you can pay a very reasonable sum to have trees or shrubs planted, or to create mulched areas. Drainage is also an important issue to consider.

Key Takeaways:

  • Mike Saline created for the Lindbergs an elaborate landscaping project featuring hundreds of boulders and gabion walls.
  • For a reasonable price you can pay a landscaper to deposit mulch beds or plant trees or shrubs or rent equipment and try DIY.
  • Drainage is also a big concern in a place like Duluth, and you always want to make sure there’s a positive slope away from the foundation.

“Their focus was a narrow slice of land, where they wanted to add more privacy in an aesthetically pleasing way.”

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How to Remove Overgrown Foundation Shrubs

He begins by showing the shrubs that are too big and they are dead. He decides to remove it with a chainsaw. He says it is dangerous and requires safety gear. They begin by cutting branches one by one so he can make room for the work. They then put the branches in the wood shredder. They also call the utilities guy to check and make sure the cables are OK. They then go ahead and cut the next one. They flush cut it and let it decompose.

A Few House Updates & Repairs


A homeowner muses about a seemingly never-ending saga of home repairs that were necessary around the property and all the challenges associated with the process.

Repairs such as a new roof, new cricket structure, and chimney work help the reader understand some of the complexities with home repairs and the setbacks involved with time, money, and of course patience. One major take-away from this article is that quite often repairing one portion of a house comes hand in hand with other repairs that must be dealt with at the same time.

Key Takeaways:

  • A chimney leak turns into a hefty quote to repair the chimney and a portion of the roof.
  • One water damage repair led to another until there were several renovation projects going.
  • While the projects are ongoing and at times overwhelming, the work is worth it.

“Well, we’re currently playing host to a crew of people who are replacing our old roof.”

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