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So my wife and I have recently purchased our first home! Because this is all new to me, what advice could you give me that you wish you'd have known when you bought your first home? I don't know much about taking care of a property so all of the feedback you could give would be greatly appreciated.

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So my wife and I have recently purchased our first home! Because this is all new to me, what advice could you give me that you wish you'd have known when you bought your first home? I don't know much about taking care of a property so all of the feedback you could give would be greatly appreciated.

1. Repair - Repair anything that needs repaired IMMEDIATELY. Don't wait and repair it the correct way the first time.

2. Hardwood Floor Care - Don't use any Orange Glow or other shit like that on your hardwoods. It coats them and will fuck your world up if you ever want to re-poly them. Instead use something like Armstrong Hardwood Cleaner, or Bona.

3. Reseal your tile annually

4. Reseal your granite annually

5. Change your furnace filters regularly

6. Perform annual maintenance on your HVAC system. I love Anthony Heating & Plumbings ASAP program for this.

7. Use Grasspad for your lawn & garden care.
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Get at least two cats and allow them to roam free in your new neighborhood.
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Get at least two cats and allow them to roam free in your new neighborhood.
Location: Oklahoma City, OK

Yeah, do whatever the fuck you want down there.
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Congratulations on your new home purchase.

To add to the list:

8. Drainage and gutters - clean gutters regular and make sure you have good drainage away from the home.

9. Emergency fund - things break when you least expect it. Our fridge died in the first month we owned our home, stove went not long after that.

10. Read the fine print in your homeowners policy. For example, roof replacement due to hail. Every company handles it differently and you may end up paying more than you realize.
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Some of the best advice that I received was every few weeks to a month, just do a general walk around of the property, inside and outside of the home. Look at the things you normally wouldn't look at. It allows you to notice things sooner, fix things before they become big problems, and lets you take care of things as the arise rather than have a crap load of maintenance fall on you at once.

Other than that, Just the basics - keep the AC cleaned off, the furnace filter changed (the highest merv rating is not always best), keep the gutters clear and make sure downspouts get water away from the house. Keep trees and shrubs trimmed away from the house. If you have neighbors, try to get on their good side.
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Congratulations on your new home purchase.

To add to the list:

8. Drainage and gutters - clean gutters regular and make sure you have good drainage away from the home.

9. Emergency fund - things break when you least expect it. Our fridge died in the first month we owned our home, stove went not long after that.

10. Read the fine print in your homeowners policy. For example, roof replacement due to hail. Every company handles it differently and you may end up paying more than you realize.
To add to that, one thing we did recently was up our deductible to $2500. It saved us hundreds a year. Yes, we have to pay out more if something happens, but realistically, we would probably pay out of pocket to at least that point, even with a lower deductible.
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On top of maintenance remodel something in the house every year or two just to be sure you don't let it get way out of date and have huge remodel expenses all at once when you sell.
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Congratulations on your new home purchase.

10. Read the fine print in your homeowners policy. For example, roof replacement due to hail. Every company handles it differently and you may end up paying more than you realize.

Yes, make sure your roof settlement is "replacement cost." If is it "Actual Cash Value (ACV)," change it asap. Also, since you're in OK, you might want to consider adding earthquake coverage to your homeowners. It's not included in a basic HO policy.
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3. Reseal your tile annually

4. Reseal your granite annually
How critical are these two?

We've been in our house 3 years and haven't done anything for granite or tile.
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Not at all critical. Haven't done it yet and no need to imo
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Congratulations on your new home purchase.

To add to the list:

8. Drainage and gutters - clean gutters regular and make sure you have good drainage away from the home.
This. People underestimate the importance of good drainage.

Other tips I can think of...

Don't hoard crap in your garage. If you cars don't fit, clean/organize.

Fix and repair stuff right away. Don't wait. Just do it.

If there's something that needs renovating, do it (as funds allow). Too often I see people running around putting in new things when they are selling their house, when they could have done those things and been enjoying them.

Unless you have a super huge yard, don't buy gasoline powered lawn equipment. It's not worth it anymore.

Install motion activated exterior lights. The more, the better.

If you have GPS in your car, don't set "home" to your actual home. If someone steals your car, they have your garage door opening, know where you live, and know you're not home.

If you have the option between cheap, or less maintenance, choose less maintenance.
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Lots of great advice, most has been gone over.

I'm going through getting my house ready to sell right now. So this gives me an opportunity to think about what I might have done differently. The main thing is that I wish I wouldn't have so much fucking junk. Shit I never even knew I still had or saw in 10+ years. I tossed/donated so much clothing and possessions in the past 6 weeks, it's amazing. And I love it.

Really go over your homeowner's insurance policy and that you actually understand it. Because trust me, when you need to use it, being proficient in the policy language can sometimes save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars and hassle. Mach made a good point on the deductible. A lot of people go with a low deductible so if they have to use it, it doesn't "hurt" as much. While I understand that, you can get substantial savings with a higher deductible. Likely you won't make a claim unless it is a necessity (water damage, fire, burglary, etc), and a lot of times, contractors will help eat some of the deductible, anyway.

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Wow, thank you all so much for your replies!

I'm actually not in OKC any longer, I'm back here in KCMO.

Regarding HVAC, I've replaced the furnace filter as the old one was bad, and also the incorrect size. What is recommended for the AC? The unit is the original to the home, built in 2004, so I know taking care of it now can at least get some more life out of it.

Do I need to do anything special with the water heater? Any maintenance to it?

I'm going to buy longer gutter drains this weekend to pull more water away from the home. When it comes to the gutters, there aren't any trees above the home. Is cleaningl something I should still do often, once a year type of thing or more frequent than that?

The roof is brand new at least! I'll read up on my homeowner's policy to see if I see anything that sounds funny. I use State Farm if that means anything.

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You mentioned don't buy gasoline powered mower if I don't have a large yard. Any reason for this, just out of curiosity? I do have quite the sized yard, half acre, so your comment stood out to me.
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Corners explains his point about the lawnmowers in this thread: http://www.kcsr.org/showthread.php?t...&highlight=ego
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Wow, thank you all so much for your replies!

I'm actually not in OKC any longer, I'm back here in KCMO.

Regarding HVAC, I've replaced the furnace filter as the old one was bad, and also the incorrect size. What is recommended for the AC? The unit is the original to the home, built in 2004, so I know taking care of it now can at least get some more life out of it.

Do I need to do anything special with the water heater? Any maintenance to it?

I'm going to buy longer gutter drains this weekend to pull more water away from the home. When it comes to the gutters, there aren't any trees above the home. Is cleaningl something I should still do often, once a year type of thing or more frequent than that?

The roof is brand new at least! I'll read up on my homeowner's policy to see if I see anything that sounds funny. I use State Farm if that means anything.

Corners,

You mentioned don't buy gasoline powered mower if I don't have a large yard. Any reason for this, just out of curiosity? I do have quite the sized yard, half acre, so your comment stood out to me.
HVAC: I change the furnace filter on the first of each month. On a unit installed in 2004, you shouldn't have any issues, but it wouldn't hurt to have it checked out. It's better to find out now, than when it's hotter than balls.

Water heater: Drain about 1/4 of the water out once a year to remove any sediment. Keep it & the area clean. These are usually in the basement or mechanical room, where cobwebs like to grow.

Gutters: I don't have any trees either, but I get the ladder out & check the gutters at least once a year.......in the fall before winter rolls in.

Mower: I maintain 2+ acres, so battery powered mowers / trimmers are not really an option. I have a 54" Husqvarna zero turn mower & a couple Stihl trimmers.
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HVAC: I change the furnace filter on the first of each month. On a unit installed in 2004, you shouldn't have any issues, but it wouldn't hurt to have it checked out. It's better to find out now, than when it's hotter than balls.

Water heater: Drain about 1/4 of the water out once a year to remove any sediment. Keep it & the area clean. These are usually in the basement or mechanical room, where cobwebs like to grow.

Gutters: I don't have any trees either, but I get the ladder out & check the gutters at least once a year.......in the fall before winter rolls in.

Mower: I maintain 2+ acres, so battery powered mowers / trimmers are not really an option. I have a 54" Husqvarna zero turn mower & a couple Stihl trimmers.
That's overkill, unless your HVAC is sucking in some dirty ass air. A good filter should last 3 months, easily.
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I always put the date that I put the filter in. In the spring and fall when we would have the windows open it would usually get one each month. in the dead of summer and winter it would be every other month.

Dont buy the highest rated filter either. Unless you have some serious allergies they will just make the blower work harder for no real gain, and I learned the hard way replacing a blower motor in our first place. But thats my 2 cents as I dont have allergies.
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That's overkill, unless your HVAC is sucking in some dirty ass air. A good filter should last 3 months, easily.
I have 12 mo filters but I change them every 6 mos
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On the AC, make sure the fins are clean. You may have to take off an outer case, which can be a PITA, but if your fins are covered in cotton and other debris, your AC will work considerably harder than it needs to, and can even start shutting down which is a PITA. I usually just use a garden hose to clean it off. Nothing with a lot of pressure or it will bend the fins.
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You mentioned don't buy gasoline powered mower if I don't have a large yard. Any reason for this, just out of curiosity? I do have quite the sized yard, half acre, so your comment stood out to me.
They're not worth the hassle anymore. But, if you have 1/2 acre, that's a lot. Gas, or even a rider might be the way to go for you. You make the call. But, everything outside of the mower, definitely stay battery powered.
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check the grading around the house

Paint and do all of that shit before you move everything into place. We moved in, set up and then tried to paint a year later and that was a PITA, but we had Ridley so the focus was on getting the baby room finished.

As far as projects go, we've found it easiest to just go room by room. Instead of having projects spread out across the house. Save and use cash whenever you can.
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