Spring’s around the corner: is THIS on your home cleaning list?

Take care of what your home warranty doesn’t cover

How can you tell the seasons are changing? There’s a “spring” in people’s steps! And as we say goodbye to winter, it’s time for some spring home maintenance.

Every residence requires regular maintenance, whether it’s newly built or an oldie-but-goodie. That’s right: even brand-new homes need TLC! It’s important to get into the routine of seasonal maintenance to prevent expensive issues and repairs down the road. 

Understand the difference between warranty and maintenance 

Before we tackle your to-do list, let’s start with one of the most common topics in home ownership: warranty vs. maintenance. What’s the difference?

Warranty: An assurance from the producer of an item to the purchaser promising the repair or replacement of the item, if necessary, within a certain period of time. 

Maintenance: The process of checking, servicing, repairing, and keeping an item in good order. 

✔️ A home warranty does:

Protect you against any issues with structural defects in the materials or work done on the house. It also covers the systems within it, like plumbing and electrical, as well as appliances. If these items become inoperable, the home warranty likely covers it. Gradual failure from normal wear and tear (like rust, corrosion, or chemical or sediment buildup) may also be covered up to a certain time frame.

Example: If your garage door refuses to open the first time you try to use it because it’s a defective item, this is covered by the home warranty.

❎ A home warranty doesn’t: 

Cover damage from lack of maintenance, improper use, accidents, environmental factors, theft, or vandalism.

Example: If you don’t clean your gutters and one part fills up with so much debris it detaches from the house, falls, and breaks, this isn’t covered. Because you didn’t maintain it, you won’t be reimbursed for a new one. 

So, outside of any warranty issues, it’s good practice to keep up on maintenance for your home!

Make a Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Ready to get started on caring for your home? Take a look at our Spring Home Maintenance Checklist below! It’s easy to adapt to your own house type and needs. 

Exterior

  • Inspect your roof for loose shingles and other winter storm damage
  • Clean the windows and screens, and powerwash the house’s siding
  • Re-stain or refinish decks and patios
  • Clean your gutters
  • Have a sewer line or septic and sump pump inspection done
  • Prune your trees, fertilize the lawn, and remove any debris from your yard
  • If you have a chimney, get it inspected and cleaned

Interior

  • Have your HVAC system inspected, and change the AC filter
  • Clean and remove mineral deposits from shower heads and faucets
  • Replace the batteries from all your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Remove lint from the dryer vent, and clean your washing machine
  • Inspect your basement and attic for leaks, pests, and damage
  • Drain or flush your hot water heater

Our recommendation: try to tackle these items before the weather gets too hot! It’s much easier to clean the roof and clear the gutter in the 70s than when its 107°

At Trilogy, we’ve built more homes than we can count. And after over 50 years of experience in the industry, we’ve seen a thing or two. As always, we’re keen to share our knowledge with our clients and community. It’s why we’re always here to offer helpful tips, whether you’re building a home with us or already have a house of your own.

We strive to be good neighbors and a trusted source for advice. If you’re interested in becoming a part of the Trilogy family by building a new home, contact us today.

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