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Simple Monthly and Yearly Maintenance Schedule for New Homeowners

Categories: Blog | Posted: May 28, 2019

If you’ve just moved into a new home, it’s hard to imagine anything but that shiny, perfect interior and exterior. However, as a homeowner, you’re going to be putting a lot of time and energy into maintaining that home. When you start considering everything that needs to be updated, cleaned, and repaired over time, it can get a little overwhelming.

But you can prepare for regular maintenance by keeping this schedule in the back of your mind (or right in your Google calendar). That way, you can tackle these tasks head on and keep your home safe and secure for many years to come.

Monthly Tasks

Check and Change HVAC System Filters

Checking your filters each month is an easy way to avoid super expensive repairs later on. Plan to go around the house checking these filters at the same time each month; you can even build it into your regular monthly chores. Be sure to clean or replace filters when they get dirty.

Inspect Your Fire Extinguisher

Don’t wait for a full-blown grease fire to realize your fire extinguisher is outdated or worse, missing. Every monthly, take a look at your fire extinguisher(s) to make sure it’s easily accessible, has the right amount of pressure, and isn’t expired.

Clean Your Kitchen Range Hood

Range hood filters get grimy fast. You definitely don’t want to pull yours out a few months from now and find a thick layer of grease covering it. Use a degreaser to clean it, then rinse and dry before replacing thoroughly.

Check Water Softener

You won’t need to add salt to your water softener each month, but it’s a good idea to take a look and make sure.

Yearly Tasks

Replace Batteries in Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

There’s nothing more important than your family’s safety. Regularly check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they’re in working order. Once a year, replace all the batteries in those detectors. Don’t forget — plan to do this every year on the same day, like an anniversary, daylight savings, or a holiday.

Service Your HVAC System

Once a year, it’s a good idea to get your HVAC systems serviced by a professional. Clean systems are more energy-efficient, and you can stay ahead of potential issues by regularly serving these systems.

Vacuum Refrigerator Coils

You heard that right. As the fridge coils get dusty and dirty, they can suck up a ton of extra power. Keep your refrigerator running efficiently by vacuuming out all that grime.

Service and Prepare Air Conditioner (in the Spring)

Depending on whether your home uses window units or has central air, you’ll want to prepare your air conditioner before the hot weather rolls in. If you have a central air system, consider calling in a professional to service it and get it ready for summer.

Turn Off Outdoor Faucets, Unhook Hoses (in the Fall)

Prepare for colder weather by turning off your outdoor faucets and flushing them, and doing the same to your hoses. Unhook them and store them until the Spring.

There are other tasks you’ll want to do on a semi-regular basis to keep your home exterior maintained, like cleaning out your gutters in the Spring or cleaning out window wells in the summer. But the list above of monthly and yearly tasks are the most important ones to keep in mind to make sure you’re keeping your home up to date. With regular checks and repairs, you’ll be able to live in a safe and secure home for years to come.

Memorial Day Floor Plan Showcase: The Brookford

Categories: New Homes in Raleigh | Posted: May 24, 2019

Do you plan on spending a part of your Memorial Day weekend on the hunt for your new home in Raleigh? Maybe you plan on taking this weekend “off” from your new home shopping, as it can be overwhelming when deciding on what and where you want to call home! Royal Oaks Homes, a division of Mattamy Homes, shares a stunning floor plan option that will have you ready to celebrate this weekend on a beautiful place you can call home!

The Brookford floor plan option is easily one of the most desired floor plans that Royal Oaks has to offer. This home plan is ideal for a growing family or an already established family that is looking for more space.

If more space is what you desire, than more space is what you will get with this plan! This 2-story home is just under 3,000 square feet and boasts 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and a 2-car garage.

Buyers love the classic exterior of this home and the fact that the look will never go out of style. The interior of the home is flexible, which also makes it a buyers dream.

When you walk into the Brookford model, you will be greeted by an open first floor plan that includes a comfortable family room with an amazing and cozy fireplace that flows into the combined breakfast room/kitchen area.

The kitchen is gorgeous with its stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops, tile back-splash and spacious island that you can use to serve your friends and family for many future holiday’s and celebrations to come! You will love all of the space that you will now have to enjoy for any gathering you have.

Homeowners love the convenience of the study/guest bedroom on the first floor that is an ideal guest room for when you have company, or makes a wonderful home office space as well. Adjacent to that spare room is a powder room that then will flow into the mudroom. Any parent with kids knows how important it is to have a mudroom and how much of a difference it makes in the organization of your home (and minimized clutter throughout the rest of the house.)

The rear patio and deck of this home is another place you can plan to spend a ton of your time during the warm moths, which let’s face it is nearly year round in Raleigh! Imagine being able to host a Fourth of July barbecue in your new home, or spend Labor Day grilling and chilling with your closest friends and family in your amazing new home. Your lawn will be the perfect place for yard games and slip and slides to cool down for the kids!

The upstairs of the Brookford floor plan includes an owner’s suite that has a separate bath and shower, which is great for couples who enjoy that additional privacy and space. Owners fall in love with the master closet that allows for direct access to the laundry room for the ultimate convenience factor.

Upstairs you will also find three additional bedrooms as well as two full bathrooms, making it the perfect layout for those with multiple kids in the house.

Owner’s love the fact that the Brookford model includes an unfinished third floor, that they can truly use for so many different uses they might need extra space for.

This plan rounds out with a spacious two-car garage and gorgeous front porch that will make you want to take a seat and enjoy the nice weather.

Some popular options the Brookford plan offers are a screened porch, a third-car garage, a second floor playroom and a finished third floor to give an already spacious home even more space!

You can find this amazing floor plan option in the highly-desired Wendell Falls community located in Wendell, NC.

Be sure whatever your plans are this Memorial Day weekend, you schedule a time to see for yourself the amazing qualities the Brookford home plan has in person!

 

Royal Oaks, a Division of Mattamy Homes is a new home builder in Raleigh, North Carolina. For additional information about Royal Oaks building your Raleigh new home, please call (888) 677-1502.

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