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Deciding where to live
Choosing the right builder
Shopping for quality and value
Tax advantages of building a new home
Maintaining your new home and it’s value
move into a new home, most people have little desire to curl up in
front of the fireplace and read a legal document. Nonetheless, you
should not wait to read your warranty until a problem arises. Set
aside an hour to learn what your rights and responsibilities are from
the outset.

So you've just moved into your brand new home. You shopped around and did a lot of research to find
the home that was just right for you. You signed a big pile of documents at closing, the moving trucks
have left, all the boxes are unpacked, and all your belongings are in their proper places. What should you
do now? One of the most important things to remember is that you are responsible for certain routine
maintenance items to keep your house functioning properly. These tasks tend to be relatively simple. For
instance, many types of heating and air conditioning systems contain filters to remove dirt and dust
from the air. A home owner should change these filters when necessary.

Cleanliness is a factor that will make your home last longer and work better. Dust and dirt, if
allowed to accumulate, can harm the finishes on blinds, cabinets, countertops, floors, sinks, tubs,
toilets, walls, tiles and other items. If dirt does accumulate, make sure to clean it with a substance
that does not scratch or damage the finishes.

On the outside of your home, make sure that gutters and downspouts do not get clogged with leaves or
other objects. The exterior of your house is built to withstand exposure to the elements, but a periodic
cleaning will improve the appearance and, in many instances, prolong the life of siding and other exterior
products.

When you bought your home, you probably received a warranty from the builder on workmanship and
materials. This warranty applies to problems related to the construction of the home, but it does not apply
to problems that arise because of failure to perform routine maintenance. For example, if your roof begins
to leak after six months because of faulty workmanship, your warranty would cover that. If you develop a problem because water backed up in clogged gutters that you should have cleaned, the builder is not responsible for repairs. Also, some items, such as appliances, may be covered by manufacturers' warranties and are not the responsibility of the builder.

You should fully familiarize yourself with the terms of your warranty soon after you move into your home. With all the excitement surrounding a