Looking to purchase or build a brand new home with a builder in Edmonton? Thinking of building a home down the line, but not sure what to expect? There are a lot of things to keep track of during the process of building your new home, but even after you've signed the dotted line, watched your home be built, and moved in, there are still some things you need to keep track of!
Owning a home opens up a world of responsibility, and a big part of home ownership after you move in to a newly-built home is keeping up with maintenance and warranty items.
If you want a host of great information on your home's maintenance, and anything to do with your new home warranty - you'll find it here!
What is My New Home Warranty?
Sure, you know what a warranty is, but do you really know how your newly-built home is covered?
If you live in Alberta, the Alberta New Home Warranty program is made to guide both you and your builder through the entire process of building your new home. From your purchase, all the way to your closing date (and even after), the Alberta New Home Warranty program is designed to protect your best interests during your build.
Another part of your new home warranty is addressing issues that may arise after your home is built and your family is moved in. When you build a new home, there are always smaller issues that can arise after your move-in date. It is important that you address these issues and bring them up with your builder during your one-year warranty check-in.
Most of these issues are minor, and will be fixed by your builder in a flash during your warranty period.
Not sure what you should be looking for when it comes to your new home's warranty? Check out our One-Year Warranty Checklist to make sure that you catch all the finer details while your home is still under warranty through your builder!
If you come across an issue in your home after 1 year, you should still contact your builder to determine if the issue is still covered under Alberta New Home Warranty! Different problems can be dealt with in different time frames after you move in, so before you start calling a contractor, speak with your builder!
Seasonal Maintenance Around Your Home
No one wants to deal with warranty issues, and while they're often small, easily-fixed issues, the vast majority of problems that might arise in your new home can easily be avoided with some regular maintenance!
When it comes to the changing of the seasons, fall and spring are two of the hardest seasons on your new home. The freeze and thaw that we experience in Edmonton can lead to a number of issues that, if left unchecked, can lead to bigger problems.
If you're handy around the house, you can use our Spring Home Maintenance Schedule to make sure that your new home is ship-shape for when the sun comes back. If you aren't comfortable performing some of the maintenance highlighted in this list, you can always call a professional to help you out!
Another aspect of keeping up your new home during the spring is making sure your landscaping is in good order. Lawn care doesn't have to be complicated - in fact, with our easy Lawn Maintenance Guide, you can add it to the list of home maintenance items you should be looking at in the spring.
When it comes to your new home, you'll want to do everything you can to ensure that all the regular maintenance items are attended to. If you put some time and care into the maintenance and upkeep of your new home, you'll enjoy a beautiful, functional home for years to come (and you'll get more during the sale of your home when that time comes too)!
Want to make sure that you're keeping up with the maintenance that your new home requires? Check out our home maintenance checklist for a comprehensive guide to everything you should be looking for during the year!