Homeowner Tips

Homeowner Tips

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.

Tip:
Maintenance Explanation:
Service Frequency:

HVAC
Change Air Filters – as recommended by air filter manufacturer
Service/Clean unit annually

Electric (GFI)
Test GFI Fault circuits for safety of electrical circuits.
Monthly

Water Heater
To prolong life of water heater, accumulated sediment should be removed from tank. Extends water heater life; provides more efficient operation; uses less energy
Yearly

Tankless Water Heater
As recommended by manufacturer

Doors – Sliding & Hinged
Vacuum and lubricate hinges and latches to keep them operating smoothly
Monthly/Yearly

Gutters and Downspouts
Check before heavy rain or rainy season to prevent overflow, eave leaks and to extend gutter life
Monthly during rainy season

Insect Control
Detected and treated yearly will prevent damage
Yearly

Irrigation Sprinklers
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
As needed

Trim and Siding
Caulk and paint keeps system water tight; improves appearance, extends major maintenance periods
As needed

Roof
Detect and correct conditions that can lead to leaks and premature roof replacement.
Have roof inspected annually.
Yearly

Windows
Clean tracks to keep windows sliding freely
Inspect for broken window seals on dual-pane windows
Monthly
Annually

Smoke/CO Detectors
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

Weather Proofing
Check yearly and replace when necessary. Reseal thresholds
Yearly

Sink Trap Cleaning
Avoids backups and plugged drains; promotes sanitation. Use only cleaners recommended by manufacturer
4 times per year

Grout
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
Check regularly

Bathroom Caulk
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

Garbage Disposal
Fill with ice and operate; this cleans and sharpens the blades
Monthly

Dryer Vents
Check and clean as needed to prevent accumulation of lint.
If equipped with a lint trap behind the dryer, check and clean
Yearly
Monthly