7 Things Dad Wishes You Would Do Around the Home

by Ben SanfordAugust 8, 2016

Dad Says: Here are 7 Must-Do Tasks in Your New Home

Your dad might seem like he’s made of stone and nothing can harm him, but move into your first home and you’ll suddenly see him transform into a worry-wart. It’s not easy for your dad to accept your independence and thus, he might become overbearing and worrisome to the point that he loses sleep over whether or not you left your oven on.

So before this can happen, here are seven things your dad will want to make sure you do in your new home. Get them done before he shows up for a visit, and he won’t have anything to worry about. Or, at least he won’t be able to worry about these things.
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Replace the Fire Alarms

When you move into a new home, you have no idea how long the fire alarms have been there. So, replacing the batteries in old detectors is just not going to be good enough for dear old dad. Pick up some brand new fire alarms (at least one for every level of the house) and a fresh pack of batteries, and install them before your dad’s first night’s sleep in the guest bedroom of your new home.

Install Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Carbon monoxide isn’t called the silent killer for nothing. This odorless, tasteless gas is deadly and you won’t even know it’s there unless you have a detector. Therefore, if your home doesn’t have carbon monoxide detectors installed on each level, your dad is going to go nuts. Take the pressure off of his heart and install these life-saving devices throughout your home.

Buy a Fire Extinguisher

Even a small kitchen fire can quickly get out of control and your dad knows how you cook. So, it’s no wonder why he’s going to want you to have a fire extinguisher at the ready in your kitchen. Pick one up and show it to him before he has a chance to tell you how you’re going to risk burning the house down every time you bake a cake.

Clean the Gutters

If there’s one thing dads are obsessed with, it’s the cleanliness of the gutters. But your dad does have a point. Clogged gutters can quickly lead to water backing up and into the home. If this happens enough times, it can cause structural damage that will cost a hefty sum to repair. Keep your gutters clean and your home will be safer and your dad, happier.
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Clean the Dryer Vent

When a gas-fueled dryer’s vent gets clogged with lint, it can cause carbon monoxide to flow back into the home. This is one of the things that will keep your dad awake at night. Therefore, be mindful of your dryer and clean its lint trap after every use, and clean out the vent every other month to ensure your dad’s nightmares don’t come true.

Change the Filter on Your HVAC System

If you haven’t changed the filter on your home’s HVAC system, then expect your dad to go into a tirade about how much money you’re wasting because your AC is performing inefficiently. And the thing is, he’s right. Simply changing the filter on your HVAC system every three months will help improve its efficiency, keep your home’s air quality cleaner and healthier, and your energy bills lower.

Rake the Leaves

If your yard is littered with leaves, your dad is going to advise you that you need to get those leaves up before the snow starts falling or you’re going to be in a world of hurt. And, he’ll be right again. Leaving the leaves on the ground will protect insects like fleas and ticks throughout the winter, so by the time next summer rolls around, you’re going to have a heck of a time keeping them off your pet and your legs.

Plus, the decomposing leaves will destroy the grass beneath them, so take a day or two and rake up your doggone leaves! Your yard will be cleaner, and you’ll save your dad from having to come up with a litany of tragedies he expects to be bestowed upon you for not taking the time to rake the leaves in your yard.

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About The Author
Ben Sanford
Ben is a real estate agent and freelance writer. He's lived on the east coast his entire life and is just as "at home" on a snowboard as he is in the office. When not writing about local real estate markets and researching hot new tips for homeowners, he can be found working on his home renovation projects with help from his wife Melissa and their kids, Josh and Cheyenne.

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