Autumn Care

September
  • Check exterior finishes
  • Check garage door tracks and lubricate bearings
  • Check caulking for air and water leaks
  • Plant new lawn
  • Check fireplace and chimney
  • Check basement or crawl spaces
  • Have humidifier, furnace and HRV serviced
  • Check clothes dryer vent
  • Check and reset ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
October
  • Check windows and screens
  • Drain exterior water lines
  • Check roof including shingles, flashing and vents
  • Check weatherstripping
  • Check sealing around windows and doors
  • Check septic system
  • Winterize landscaping and remove leaves
  • Clean furnace filter and HRV
  • Clean water heater
  • Shut off exterior water supply
  • Check eavestroughs and downspouts
  • Clean humidifier
November
  • Check attic
  • Inspect floor drains to ensure trap is filled with water
  • Clean furnace filter and HRV
  • Check for condensation and humidity
  • Check and reset GFCI
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors


Deficiency Report

Your Service Schedule

After moving into your home, you may find items in need of repair or replacement. If the items are outstanding from your pre-delivery inspection, nothing needs to be done because this list will have been handed to the finishing supervisor. RVL will have those items completed as soon as possible.

30-day Inspection

After you have been in your home for thirty days, any new items that have appeared should be listed and submitted to our office using theDeficiency Form. You will be provided with a hard copy of this form when your new home closes. Upon receipt of the form, our office will contact you to arrange an appointment to have these items checked. We will try to clean up any deficiencies within a short time period of the receipt of the list.

11-month Inspection

Toward the end of the first year, you should follow the same procedure as for the three-month form, except the Deficiency Form must be in RVL’s possession before the end of the first year to be covered by RVL’s one-year warranty.

Exterior Home Care

  • Do oil the moving parts of a garage door every 3 months.
  • Do keep gutters and downspout unobstructed by leaves, tree limbs or anything that could cause overflowing.
  • Do lubricate both exterior and interior locks every 6 months.
  • Do constantly water fresh-laid sod, but don’t over-water.
  • Do remember to drain and shut off outside taps before winter to prevent pipes from freezing.
  • Don’t allow oil or gas drippings from car, pointed objects and heavy vehicles to damage your asphalt driveway.
  • Don’t apply salt or calcium to pre-cast concrete slabs or walks.

Inspection Checklist

Print This and Take it With YouWith all the excitement of walking through your finished home for the first time, it’s easy to forget all the things you should check. Here’s a sample checklist to take with you to your pre-closing inspection. For a complete list, visit the TARION website: www.tarion.com

  • Flush toilets
  • Run taps and check for hot water
  • Take along something like a night-light to ensure all electrical outlets are functional
  • Take your list of colour choices and upgrades to ensure finishings match the list
  • Check walls for cracks, popped nails
  • Check basement for leaks/water
  • Check insides of cupboards
  • Walk carefully on carpeted areas to check for “creaks”

Interior Home Care

Interior Home Care Taking Care of the Inside – Do’s and Don’ts

  • Do seal your basement floor with latex floor paint to keep the dust level down.
  • Do change your furnace filter at least every month during the heating season and every 3 months otherwise.
  • Do use both a dehumidifier and humidifier system at the appropriate times of the year.
  • Don’t finish your basement until after the second year.
  • Don’t use strong abrasive cleaners on bathtubs, sinks and showers.
  • Don’t wash or damp mop hardwood flooring with water – do clean with a vacuum cleaner, dry dust mop or a cloth lightly dipped in a waterless soap cleanser.
  • Don’t leave your home unheated during cold weather or pipes may freeze.
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