Three Steps to Take Right After Your Project Ends
When you reach the end of a remodeling project, it can be so tempting to dive right in and start living in your new space. Before you get too comfortable, however, make sure you’ve taken the right steps to ensure your new home sweet home stays in tip-top shape for years to come.
- Register all warranty items. Odds are your contractor has a warranty to take care of any dings, dents, and mishaps that occur within the first year or so after the project’s completion. However, if you installed appliances like ovens, fridges, wine coolers, air conditioners, or washers/dryers, they come with their own warranties that likely exceed the warranty provided by your contractor. Registering these high-dollar items is quick and easy; just be sure to have the paperwork that came with the appliances on hand, and you’re good to go.
- Ask your contractor about regular maintenance, or seek out the help of a pro. There are a few things that will need maintenance about every year: natural stones and unfinished woods will need to be re-sealed, filters will have to be changed, and if you live in an area with hard water, your plumbing fixtures may need to be deep cleaned to prevent build up. Not interested in doing all of this yourself? Concierge services exist that can help make sure everything stays functioning as it should, from burnt out bulbs and clogged drains to any of the items listed above.
- Take photos. Not only are pictures great for commemorating a job well done (many builders love highlighting job photos on their websites), they can help in the hopefully unlikely case of theft or damage. On top of that, if you have anything that needs warranty attention down the line, you can reference a photo to show how it originally looked.
Of course, you don’t have to wait for these items to be completed before moving back in. Just be sure to not let them fall off of your to-do list. Too many times, an expensive item like an air conditioner doesn’t get registered properly, and if/when it breaks, the homeowner is faced with a bill instead of a free or low-cost replacement. I know it sounds a little boring, but due diligence can make all the difference!