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You purchased your new home, now it’s time to manage your home! We’ve created some helpful tips and ideas to get you through every season in your new home.

These tips are for you to use however you want. We hope they will help you breathe fresh life into your home every season.

Thank you for choosing to build with Bill Beazely Homes.

Home Care Basics

You will need a few basic tools and supplies for everyday use in keeping your home in tip-top shape. Get a small toolbox, stock it with these items and keep it in a handy place. You should also have a few standard power tools such as a rechargeable drill. Other tools can be rented or purchased as you need them.

  • Claw hammer and tack hammer
  • Medium-sized adjustable crescent wrench
  • Standard hand pliers
  • Screwdrivers: small, medium, large, Phillips
  • Hand saw
  • Assorted nails, brads and screws
  • Sturdy pocket knife
  • Box cutter
  • Putty knife
  • Paint scraper

Fire Extinguishers

Every homeowner should have at least one fire extinguisher. Each member of the family should be familiar with its location and operation. Have it checked annually to be sure it functions properly and is fully charged. Be sure you and your family know how to turn off electricity, gas and water, in the event of an emergency of any sort.

First Aid Kit

Keep a home first aid kit in a convenient location. Buy and keep with it a booklet on first aid and home safety. Check it regularly to be sure it remains fully-stocked.

Winter Tips

  • Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper and space under the dryer.
  • Have your roof inspected. Also inspect your roof for damages after storms and high winds.
  • Rearrange furniture to change flow patterns in rooms to save wear and tear on carpets.
  • Have your heating and cooling systems professionally inspected.
  • Test, clean and replace batteries in smoke detectors.
  • Test all ground-fault-circuit-interrupter (GFCI) type outlets.
  • Lubricate interior door hinges.
  • Inspect tile for loose or missing grout, cracks, chips, or damaged caulking. Regrout if necessary. Replace or repair broken tiles. Caulk damaged areas if needed.
  • Clean the kitchen exhaust hood and air filter.
  • Inspect shower and tub doors for proper fit. Recaulk areas if needed.
  • Inspect all electrical holiday decorations.

Spring Tips

  • Inspect exterior paint. Repaint if necessary, using the same color. If your home has a wood exterior, expect to repaint every two to four years. You’ll need to repaint more frequently if the walls receive direct sunlight in the morning and mid-afternoon.
  • Replace your ac unit filter.
  • Clean the kitchen exhaust hood and air filter.
  • Check your fire extinguisher.
  • Make sure the light bulbs in all your fixtures are the correct wattage.
  • Lubricate garage door hardware. Inspect to make sure doors travel smoothly.
  • Prepare your lawn and remove weeds.
  • Replace all extension cords that are brittle, worn or damaged.
  • Review your fire escape plan with your family.
  • Have a professional air conditioning contractor inspect and maintain your system as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Do a walk-around inspection of your roof; do not climb on your roof.  If a closer inspection is needed, contact your customer relations specialist or a professional roofer..
  • Run through a severe-weather drill with your family.
  • Drain and flush your water heater.
  • Clean clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper, and space under the dryer.
  • Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Check/clean the gutters and down spouts.

Summer Tips

  • Check all recreational equipment and review outdoor safety tips.
  • Inspect air filters in furnace/air conditioning system for dust. Clean and replace filters as needed.
  • Weatherproof your wood deck if necessary.
  • Make sure there are working nightlights at the top and bottom of all stairs.
  • Check exterior siding for cracks, splits and tears.
  • Check all window and door locks for proper operation.
  • Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Check the water hoses on the clothes washer, refrigerator icemaker and dishwasher for cracks and bubbles.
  • Flush your water heater. Open the valve and drain a couple of gallons of water into a bucket or through a garden hose to remove any sediment that may have accumulated in the tank bottom.
  • Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper and space under the dryer.

Fall Tips

  • Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper and space under the dryer.
  • Check all window and door locks for proper operation.
  • Have a heating professional check your heating system every year.
  • Protect your home from frozen pipes.
  • Replace your furnace filter.
  • Run all gas-powered lawn equipment until the fuel is gone.
  • Have a certified chimney sweep inspect and clean the flues and check your fireplace damper.
  • Remove bird nests from chimney flues and outdoor electrical fixtures.
  • Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Make sure the caulking around doors and windows is adequate to reduce heat/cooling loss.
  • Make sure that the caulking around your bathroom fixtures is adequate to prevent water from seeping into the sub-flooring.
  • Flush your water heater. Open the valve and drain a couple of gallons of water into a bucket or through a garden hose to remove any sediment that may have accumulated in the tank bottom.
  • Plant ryegrass to keep your lawn green all winter, apply winterizing fertilizer.
  • Clean out your flower beds and plant fall annuals.

Spring and Summer Vacations

  • Have newspaper and mail stopped or regularly picked up by a trusted neighbor.
  • Ask a trusted neighbor to check on your home.
  • Make sure a neighbor knows where the water main shut-off is located in the event of a broken pipe.
  • Set timers on interior lights to deter burglars.
  • Unplug TV, computer and appliances susceptible to lightning and power surges,
  • Advise your alarm company and local police if you will be gone for an extended vacation.
  • Take jewelry and valuable papers to a safe deposit box.
  • Turn off water valves to your washing machine, icemaker and dishwasher.
  • Move your water heater thermostat to the vacation setting.

Fall and Winter Vacations

  • Set the heat in your home to no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • If freezing temperatures are predicted, allow water to drip from a faucet near an outside wall.
  • Locate and insulate pipes most susceptible to freezing. Typically those near outer walls, in crawl spaces and in the attic are the most vulnerable.
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to reach uninsulated pipes under sinks and where appliances are near exterior walls.
  • Move your water heater thermostat to the vacation setting.
+ Home Care Basics

Home Care Basics

You will need a few basic tools and supplies for everyday use in keeping your home in tip-top shape. Get a small toolbox, stock it with these items and keep it in a handy place. You should also have a few standard power tools such as a rechargeable drill. Other tools can be rented or purchased as you need them.

  • Claw hammer and tack hammer
  • Medium-sized adjustable crescent wrench
  • Standard hand pliers
  • Screwdrivers: small, medium, large, Phillips
  • Hand saw
  • Assorted nails, brads and screws
  • Sturdy pocket knife
  • Box cutter
  • Putty knife
  • Paint scraper

Fire Extinguishers

Every homeowner should have at least one fire extinguisher. Each member of the family should be familiar with its location and operation. Have it checked annually to be sure it functions properly and is fully charged. Be sure you and your family know how to turn off electricity, gas and water, in the event of an emergency of any sort.

First Aid Kit

Keep a home first aid kit in a convenient location. Buy and keep with it a booklet on first aid and home safety. Check it regularly to be sure it remains fully-stocked.

+ Winter Tips

Winter Tips

  • Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper and space under the dryer.
  • Have your roof inspected. Also inspect your roof for damages after storms and high winds.
  • Rearrange furniture to change flow patterns in rooms to save wear and tear on carpets.
  • Have your heating and cooling systems professionally inspected.
  • Test, clean and replace batteries in smoke detectors.
  • Test all ground-fault-circuit-interrupter (GFCI) type outlets.
  • Lubricate interior door hinges.
  • Inspect tile for loose or missing grout, cracks, chips, or damaged caulking. Regrout if necessary. Replace or repair broken tiles. Caulk damaged areas if needed.
  • Clean the kitchen exhaust hood and air filter.
  • Inspect shower and tub doors for proper fit. Recaulk areas if needed.
  • Inspect all electrical holiday decorations.
+ Spring Tips

Spring Tips

  • Inspect exterior paint. Repaint if necessary, using the same color. If your home has a wood exterior, expect to repaint every two to four years. You’ll need to repaint more frequently if the walls receive direct sunlight in the morning and mid-afternoon.
  • Replace your ac unit filter.
  • Clean the kitchen exhaust hood and air filter.
  • Check your fire extinguisher.
  • Make sure the light bulbs in all your fixtures are the correct wattage.
  • Lubricate garage door hardware. Inspect to make sure doors travel smoothly.
  • Prepare your lawn and remove weeds.
  • Replace all extension cords that are brittle, worn or damaged.
  • Review your fire escape plan with your family.
  • Have a professional air conditioning contractor inspect and maintain your system as recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Do a walk-around inspection of your roof; do not climb on your roof.  If a closer inspection is needed, contact your customer relations specialist or a professional roofer..
  • Run through a severe-weather drill with your family.
  • Drain and flush your water heater.
  • Clean clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper, and space under the dryer.
  • Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Check/clean the gutters and down spouts.
+ Summer Tips

Summer Tips

  • Check all recreational equipment and review outdoor safety tips.
  • Inspect air filters in furnace/air conditioning system for dust. Clean and replace filters as needed.
  • Weatherproof your wood deck if necessary.
  • Make sure there are working nightlights at the top and bottom of all stairs.
  • Check exterior siding for cracks, splits and tears.
  • Check all window and door locks for proper operation.
  • Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Check the water hoses on the clothes washer, refrigerator icemaker and dishwasher for cracks and bubbles.
  • Flush your water heater. Open the valve and drain a couple of gallons of water into a bucket or through a garden hose to remove any sediment that may have accumulated in the tank bottom.
  • Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper and space under the dryer.
+ Fall Tips

Fall Tips

  • Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper and space under the dryer.
  • Check all window and door locks for proper operation.
  • Have a heating professional check your heating system every year.
  • Protect your home from frozen pipes.
  • Replace your furnace filter.
  • Run all gas-powered lawn equipment until the fuel is gone.
  • Have a certified chimney sweep inspect and clean the flues and check your fireplace damper.
  • Remove bird nests from chimney flues and outdoor electrical fixtures.
  • Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
  • Make sure the caulking around doors and windows is adequate to reduce heat/cooling loss.
  • Make sure that the caulking around your bathroom fixtures is adequate to prevent water from seeping into the sub-flooring.
  • Flush your water heater. Open the valve and drain a couple of gallons of water into a bucket or through a garden hose to remove any sediment that may have accumulated in the tank bottom.
  • Plant ryegrass to keep your lawn green all winter, apply winterizing fertilizer.
  • Clean out your flower beds and plant fall annuals.
+ Vacation Tips

Spring and Summer Vacations

  • Have newspaper and mail stopped or regularly picked up by a trusted neighbor.
  • Ask a trusted neighbor to check on your home.
  • Make sure a neighbor knows where the water main shut-off is located in the event of a broken pipe.
  • Set timers on interior lights to deter burglars.
  • Unplug TV, computer and appliances susceptible to lightning and power surges,
  • Advise your alarm company and local police if you will be gone for an extended vacation.
  • Take jewelry and valuable papers to a safe deposit box.
  • Turn off water valves to your washing machine, icemaker and dishwasher.
  • Move your water heater thermostat to the vacation setting.

Fall and Winter Vacations

  • Set the heat in your home to no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • If freezing temperatures are predicted, allow water to drip from a faucet near an outside wall.
  • Locate and insulate pipes most susceptible to freezing. Typically those near outer walls, in crawl spaces and in the attic are the most vulnerable.
  • Open cabinet doors to allow heat to reach uninsulated pipes under sinks and where appliances are near exterior walls.
  • Move your water heater thermostat to the vacation setting.