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.


Maintenance Explanation:

Service Frequency:


Change Air Filters – as recommended by air filter manufacturer

Service/Clean unit annually

Electric (GFI)

Test GFI Fault circuits for safety of electrical circuits.


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


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

Insect Control

Detected and treated yearly will prevent damage


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


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



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


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

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


Dryer Vents

Check and clean as needed to prevent accumulation of lint.

If equipped with a lint trap behind the dryer, check and clean