It is possible for first-time buyers not to be familiar with the basics of maintaining their home. It’s a good thing they have you.

Many first-time homebuyers panic when they have a leaky faucet, cold blast or crack in their foundation. You can help prevent regret by connecting them to specialists and giving them a list of essential maintenance checks.

HVAC system. It must be cleaned and tested before each season starts – furnace in the fall, central air unit or units in spring – Contractor Michael Koza says that shrubbery should not be allowed to touch the AC’s exterior condenser unit. He also recommends that water heaters be inspected and boilers cleaned. Regular filter change is a must for homeowners.

External water and foundation. Homeowners should drain hoses, and shut off outside spigots to prevent burst pipes. Water, snow, and/or ice can all cause foundation damage. Every year, owners should perform a check. Groundworks foundation specialist Tim Tracy says that a crawl space or basement without walls should be inspected with a flashlight. It is necessary to inspect the drywall for cracks and stains in a finished basement. Koza’s advises that topsoil be thrown away outside so water doesn’t build up and leak into the basement.

Gutters or downspouts. This is a project that should not be attempted DIY. Roof climbing can be dangerous.

Roof and chimney. Experts recommend that roofers inspect their roofs for missing or damaged shingles and flashing around the edges. Water and animals should not be allowed to enter the roof. When cleaning a flue, chimney experts should inspect for cracks or mortar.

Well and septic system. Depending on the size of the tank and the number of people who live in it, you should pump it every three years. Wells should always be inspected.

Fire extinguishers and smoke detectors for carbon monoxide and other gases. These should be on all levels of a house. Smoke and carbon dioxide detectors should always be located near every bedroom. Batteries should be changed as necessary. A fire extinguisher should be placed in each bedroom. Families should also discuss the possibility of having a home escape plan for pets.

Pest control. Many homeowners prefer to be their own pest control service. Koza’s says that some homeowners prefer to have a professional inspect their property every few months. Carpenter ants and termites are difficult to find. Every owner should be aware of the wildlife that frequents their property.