The following are homeowner maintenance tips and general guidelines that should be used as a reference only.
During your first year of ownership, while your home is under the Dream Finders Homes Warranty, please contact the Dream Finders Homes Warranty Department at (904) 551-5323. Do not make repairs yourself or hire a service professional to make repairs, doing so could jeopardize your warranty.
Change Air Filters – as recommended by air filter manufacturer
Service/Clean unit annually
Test GFI Fault circuits for safety of electrical circuits.
To prolong life of water heater, accumulated sediment should be removed from tank. Extends water heater life; provides more efficient operation; uses less energy
Tankless Water Heater
As recommended by manufacturer
Doors – Sliding & Hinged
Vacuum and lubricate hinges and latches to keep them operating smoothly
Gutters and Downspouts
Check before heavy rain or rainy season to prevent overflow, eave leaks and to extend gutter life
Monthly during rainy season
Detected and treated yearly will prevent damage
Direct water spray properly; Eliminate excess watering, staining of exterior walls, and possible dry rot of structure
Twice per year or as needed
Paint – Exterior
Stucco: repairing should be done every 3-5 years. Darker colors tend to have a shorter life span.
Stained Doors: Should be refinished as needed to maintain
Trim and Siding
Caulk and paint keeps system water tight; improves appearance, extends major maintenance periods
Detect and correct conditions that can lead to leaks and premature roof replacement.
Have roof inspected annually.
Clean tracks to keep windows sliding freely
Inspect for broken window seals on dual-pane windows
Test detectors once a month, using the test button on the detector. Change batteries on a regular basis to keep detectors operating during power failures
Garage Door Systems
Lubricate to promote smoother, less noisy operation and extend system life
Paint – Interior
Flat: Maintain for appearance. Repaint as necessary or after 3-5 years.
Enamel: Maintain for appearance. Repaint as necessary or after 3-5 years.
Every 3-5 years
Check yearly and replace when necessary. Reseal thresholds
Sink Trap Cleaning
Avoids backups and plugged drains; promotes sanitation. Use only cleaners recommended by manufacturer
4 times per year
Seal grout with silicone based sealer; cracked grout should be caulked with a caulk specially made for filling grout to improve appearance and prevent leaks
Seal joints that are subject to being wetted; prevent leaks, dry rot, mold and mildew. Remove and replace caulking as needed
Check twice per year
Fill with ice and operate; this cleans and sharpens the blades
Check and clean as needed to prevent accumulation of lint.
If equipped with a lint trap behind the dryer, check and clean