Caring for your Home

A new home is one of the largest investments most people will ever make. Here are some guides to the care and maintenance of your new home

Hardwood/ Engineered Flooring

  • Wipe up spills immediately.
  • Clean with vacuum cleaner, use a well wrung out mop or dust mop.
  • Avoid excessive water and harsh cleaners.
  • Soft felt protector pads should be used on the bottom of furniture legs.
  • Do not pull furniture across the floors.


  • Wood such as Oak, Birch and Mahogany are sensitive to extreme change in the moister content of air.
  • To be cleaned with a damp cloth and dried immediately.
  • Avoid any harsh cleaners.
  • Through time the hardware may loosen and require tightening. This is considered a normal maintenance.
  • Cabinet doors can move out of alignment with normal use, it’s easy fixed by making small adjustments.

Counter Tops

  • Granite- is highly resistant to chips and scratches, but some porous and should be treated with care, use a mild soap and a soft cloth.
  • Quartz surfaces/Engineered stone counter tops, vary in their resistance to scratches and stains, therefore follow manufacturer instructions.
  • Cutting boards are strongly recommended, trivets are also recommended for use with hot pots and pans.


  • Windows are typically composed of a vinyl frame or a wood frame covered by a metal skin on the exterior.
  • Frames of vinyl windows and the exterior metal on a metal-clad window are virtually maintenance free.
  • Condensation of moister on interior windows forms naturally when interior air with sufficient moister comes in contact with cold window surface.
  • Reduce moisture by using the exhaust fans in place, bathrooms, kitchen or bringing fresh dry air from outside into the home.


  • Weather stripping will wear out with time. You should check weather stripping each fall of exterior doors replace if necessary.

 Sliding Screen Doors

  • Normal wear can cause rollers or slides to deteriorate, causing latches to become misaligned.
  • Dirt in a threshold track can also interfere with the glide of a sliding door.
  • Maintain a sliding door track clean and lubricate both periodically.
  • If door slides on wheels it has an adjustment screw in the frame of the screen for alignment.

Hydro Seed

  • After lawn is first Hydro Seeded, allow the mulch to dry before watering (usually dry be the next day.)
  • Avoid walking on newly seeded area.
  • Home Owner: During the first two weeks, water all areas every day, keeping area slightly moist to speed up germination.
  • Water 1-to 20 minutes per section.

Natural Gas Fireplace

  • Fireplaces and other flames appliances should never be left unattended when lit.
  • Most natural gas fireplaces pull combustion air from outside through the inlet vent. Do NOT obstruct this vent.
  • Conventional gas fireplaces have their own air intake and exhaust path, so there is no damper to open and close as there is in wood burning fireplaces.
  • After several years it’s not uncommon for a sensor (called a Thermocoupe) to fail. When fails the fireplace will shut down and extinguish the pilot light.
  • This can be serviced without disturbing the natural gas line.

Smoke/ Fire/ Carbon Monoxide Detectors

  • Test your smoke detector monthly by pressing the test button.
  • Do not disable smoke detectors even temporary.
  • Vacuum or dust and (follow manufacturer instructions.)


  • The main electrical panel contains as array of circuit breakers. Circuit breakers are the modern day version of the fuse.
  • The breakers automatically turn off the flow of electricity at the electrical panel, when too much current is drawn to them.
  • You should be familiar with the electrical panel and know which breaker controls each electrical area of your home.

Maintaining Your Septic Safely

  • Very important to follow the maintenance instruction for your septic tank.
  • Limit your use of heavy duty cleaners, these products with harsh chemicals will kill the good bacteria in the system which is needed to break down of solids.
  • Don’t treat your toilet like a trash. Only things that should be flushed down your toilet are human waste and toilet paper. Never flush: hair, personal hygiene, cat litter, cigarette butts, coffee grounds, cotton balls, make-up pads, baby wipes, or any disposable wipes.
  • It’s in your interest to clean the septic tank once every 2-3 years or (as instructed on manual.) Note this will vary depending on usage and how many people live in your house hold.


  • All plumbing systems are inspected by the Municipality and enforced by the Ontario Building Code Requirements.
  • Main valve can be turned off in the event of a major leak in the house.
  • Other small Shut-off valves Also located under each sink or back of toilets.
  • Avoid any grease and food products or laundry lint going to the drains, this will cause blockages, which will void any plumbing warranties.
  • Other than natural waste or toilet paper should not be flushed down toilets.

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