Moving into a new home requires organization, research, time, and financial resources. It can be one of the biggest stressors in a person’s life. So we wanted to provide you with some tips to help save you money (and keep your sanity) with the whole process.
1. Don’t let your HVAC system give out during an Arkansas heat wave. Perform seasonal maintenance on your heating and cooling systems to prevent a sweating catastrophe. Change out your air filters regularly, replacing them immediately upon move-in. Regular maintenance can save you from handing over thousands for a new system AND save you money on energy costs.
2. Call P.I. to come check out the effectiveness of the existing gutters and downspouts. The last thing you want after moving in is a leaky basement, cracked foundation, rotting wood, and pest infestations that can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars. We can inspect your gutters and if needed, install Gutter Helmet, which will guarantee your gutters are free of debris year-round. We can also ensure downspouts are positioned to direct water runoff away from your foundation.
3. Leaks can easily lead to mold, mildew, rot and other damage when unaddressed. Take a tour through your new home to inspect for ceiling stains or drips. A leaky roof – whether caused by weather, age or neglect — will cause significant and expensive long-term damage to your home. We can inspect your roof at least once a year, as well as after any major weather event, like hail.
4. Insulation is used to control moisture, retain heat and ensure proper ventilation. Inspect your attic to see it if there is insulation covering the entire space. If some is missing or damaged, consider adding more insulation or replacing it altogether. Adequate insulation helps your system keep your home heated in the winter and cool in the summer.
5. Caulking, sealing and weather-stripping all of the seams, cracks and openings in your home will help save money. You can test for leaks by holding a lit incense stick next to potential air leak sources on a windy day. Any smoke stream that moves horizontally suggests a leak that should be sealed.
If you have any questions, please call us at 501-687-6246.