YOUR NEW HOME & MAINTENANCE GUIDE
Welcome to your new home. Homeownership is incredibly rewarding and a great investment. To keep your home as enjoyable as possible follow our suggested maintenance to care for the future of your home. This guide is to help you maintain your home from post move-in to ongoing maintenance.
Once your utilities are on, check the operation of all your plumbing, heating, appliances, and electrical systems.
The first step is to read all the manufacturer’s instruction booklets to insure proper start-up and break-in procedures.
We suggest you use the following procedures:
- Check to be sure all the circuit breaker switches are “off”(the circuit breaker panel is on the inside wall of your garage).
- Install light bulbs in all light fixtures. Do not use a higher bulb wattage than the maximum recommended for each fixture.
- Check under the kitchen sink to be sure the dishwasher and garbage disposal are not plugged in.
- Be sure the inside of the disposal is clear of foreign objects. Turn on the water and let it run through.
- Remove all packing material from the inside of the dishwasher.
- Return to the circuit breaker and switch all the breaker switches to the “on” position.
- Plugin the garbage disposal. (NOTE: The outlet under the kitchen sink is a “1/2 hot” outlet. This means that one side is connected to a switch and is meant to operate the garbage disposal. The other side is “HOT” all the time and is to be used for your dishwasher.) Turn on the cold water, then the garbage disposal switch to be sure you have it plugged into the right outlet.
- Have a small lamp or an approved testing device on hand to check the electrical outlets. Most rooms in your home have one outlet which is controlled by a switch. Therefore, if an outlet fails to work, try turning on the switch. Also, test light switches at the same time you test your receptacles.
- NOTE: In accordance with applicable building codes, your home has a Ground Fault Interrupting (GFI) circuit which controls all bathroom, kitchen, and outdoor receptacles as a safety precaution. Check with us to see if the garage outlet is also on your GFI.
- If an outlet fails to work, note the location, and notify the electrical subcontractor about the problem.
- Flush each toilet twice. (NOTE: Toilets are “low flush” type per State Code. using large quantities of toilet paper may require two or more flushes. Neverflush hair, grease, lint, diapers, feminine hygiene products, etc. down the toilet drain.
- Temporarily remove faucet aerators and turn on both the hot and cold water at each fixture for a few minutes. This allows you to check the drainage and hot water flow. It will also give the water system a chance to clear any sediment that may be in the water lines.
- If you have a restricted water flow, check the following:
- Be sure the water company has turned on service.
- Be sure your main valve is completely open. (The main valve will commonly be outside, just under one of your hose faucets.)
- Check under the sink (or under the toilet tank, as the case may be) to be sure your shutoff valves are turned on.
- If you are not getting hot water, check the water heater instruction booklet. Check the hot water shutoff valve at the water heaterand check the pilot light(if the electric igniter is working, you can hear a “clicking”).PLEASE PAY SPECIFIC ATTENTION TO THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR LIGHTING YOUR WATER HEATER.
- If the water flows unevenly or slowly from a faucet, unscrew the faucet aerator and gently clean it to remove any particles of sediment which may be restricting the water flow. Keep the drain closed while cleaning the aerator to prevent the loss of small parts.
- Start the furnace according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Do not vary the temperature controls too fast or set the temperature too high during the break-in period. There should be a short delay before your furnace blower will start to distribute the warm air. Some light smoke will come out and might turn the smoke detector on. If there is a problem, consult your instruction manual or contact the heating subcontractor listed on the attached “Subcontractor List.”
- After you move into your home, you may wish to adjust the warm air-flow to a particular room, or shut off the warm air completely to a particular room. This can be done by adjusting the damper on the respective air register.
- If you have air conditioning, check the system in the same manner as your heating system.Should it not be working, contact the air conditioning subcontractor to verify that your unit has been serviced.
- Be sure to read and follow your thermostat instructions.
Turn on the range and oven according to the procedures outlined in the manufacturer’s manual.
Test your smoke detector according to its instruction manual. We also suggest you establish a regular testing schedule to frequently check the smoke alarm while you live in your home.
- We give the home a final pick-up, but you should give it a detailed cleaning just prior to your move-in, particularly if your home remains vacant for more than a few days after completion.
- The new carpet should be thoroughly vacuumed before the furniture is moved into your home. Save any carpet scraps left in your home as replacement pieces for possible future carpet damage.
- Before the Gas Companyturns on your service, they check the gas system.
- IF YOU SUSPECT A GAS LEAK IN ANY OF YOUR APPLIANCES, SHUT-OFF THE MAIN GAS VALVE NEAR YOUR GAS METER AND CALL THE GAS COMPANY.
Read your Fireplace Manual carefully. Failing to use the fireplace correctly or removing the factory installed grates may void your warranty.
HOMEOWNER MAINTENANCE INSTRUCTIONS
Your new home was built by Stafford Homes and Land who used high-quality materials and professional trade contractors to ensure your comfort and enjoyment for years to come. However, you are responsible for the day to day maintenance of your new home. The following information is provided to give you the basic information regarding the care of your new home and will help you understand what you must do to maintain your new home in working order and to keep problems to a minimum. Since we cannot predict specific features and/or upgrade changes, certain features described herein may not apply to your home. Nothing contained in these pages is meant or implied as a warranty.
This section outlines basic information pertaining to minor adjustments necessary in most homes.