home maintenance checklist

Home Maintenance Checklist

The Only Home Maintenance Tips You Will Ever Need

You know that feeling when you first arrive in your hotel suite? The bed is made up taut and smooth, the mini-bar is fully stocked with enticing beverages and snacks, the carpet and linens are immaculate and dust free, desktops and windows glossy, and an Andes mint tucked atop your freshly ironed pillowcase. With Dibico, we want to give you that same feeling every time you are in your home, whether it is a primary, secondary or vacation residence.  So that when you arrive, either for the season or after a hard day’s work, all you have to think about is what you want to do… not what you need to do.  The need-to-dos have all been taken care of beforehand, by our expert staff of professionals.  In over 50 years our family owned company has grown from a small furniture shop to a comprehensive full-service home maintenance and development operation, attending to every detail a discerning homeowner could possibly imagine.  Our checklist goes beyond superficial housekeeping measures to attend to the minutiae of homeownership- not only pertaining to cleanliness and appearance, but the fundamental maintenance operations that keep your home safe, beautiful and worry-free.

 

SAFETY: 

*Test smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, and ground-fault circuit interrupters.

*Inspect electrical cords and wiring for wear or defect.

*Clean and maintain air vents and heat registers.

*Clean furnace filter to remove inevitable dust build-ups.

*Pest-control and prevention, including extermination.

*Smart home technology and connectivity tested and updated.

 

PLUMBING

*Clean faucet aerator and showerheads to remove build-up and/or mineral deposits.

*Inspect tub and sink drains to guarantee seamless drainage.

*Flush out hot water from the water heater to remove accumulated sediment.

*Sanitize and clear sink garbage disposals.

 

HOUSEKEEPING

*Clean all windows and treatments.  

*Light fixtures cleaned and bulbs tested.

*HVAC filter and line maintenance and cleaning.

*Vacuum and dust all surfaces.

*Carpet and rug cleaning.

*Cobweb and dust-bunny removal.

*Locks and hinges oiled.

*Indoor plant maintenance and care.

 

LAWN AND GARDEN

*Lawncare, including fertilizing, mowing and invasive weed removal.

*Plant selection and planting determined by growth zones, sunlight exposure and personal preference.

*Weeding.

*Soil maintenance (proper alkaline/acid balance).

*Irrigation and sprinkler systems tested and adjusted.

*Exterior lighting tested and repositioned when necessary.

 

SEASONAL   In addition to year-round maintenance, we focus seasonally on certain tasks that require specific attention at certain times of the year.

 

Winter 

*Snow removal and de-icing. 

*Turn off water to outdoor fixtures where necessary, detach and store hosing and equipment.

*Winterize windows, and central air conditioning, and inspect replace weather-stripping and sealants.

*De-icing of hose bibs and gutters.

*Tree pruning.

 

Spring

*Landscaping maintenance, including branch removal and pruning, deadheading, reseeding lawn and turf, planting, fertilizing, cut-back, and replenishing and replacing any dead flora.

*Gutters cleared and repaired when necessary.

*Inspect and repair any winter damage, both to living (plants and trees) and non-living (sprinkler systems, outdoor lighting, security cameras, etc.).

 

Summer

*Schedule and execute exterior weather-sensitive projects such as painting or renovation.

*Pool maintenance: pool draining and cleaning, chlorine-testing and balancing, removal and storage of protective covers

*Lawn and garden care and maintenance, including regular watering, weeding, planting and mowing. 

 

Fall

*Leaf removal.

*Gutters cleared.  

*Installation of storm doors or windows and weatherization.

 

Dibico assigns a Personal Project Manager to your account as soon as our relationship begins, so you will always have a personalized point of contact to handle all the details of coordinating and scheduling service appointments and maintenance visits.  If ever something goes awry, you change your mind, or additional service is required, one call and we’ve got your back.  Your happiness in your home is as important to us as it is to you.  At Dibico, we go to every length to ensure our performance achieves that goal.


4 Tips For Building Your First Custom Home

Building a custom home is no small feat; finding the perfect property, a reputable builder, and
the perfect furnishings can certainly be stressful, to say the least. New home construction,
specifically luxury home construction, is definitely a complicated process, but it doesn’t have to
be difficult. At Dibico, building custom, luxury homes is what we do best. We are trusted, highly
skilled Greenwich builders who will not only help bring your home dreams to life, but make the
process a breeze for you and your family. To help ease the process a bit, we’ve compiled a list
of our top tips for building your first custom home. Hiring an architect, interior designer and
landscape architect are important parts of the process.

1. Find Your Perfect Location

One of the largest benefits of building a custom home is that you get to choose its location. This aspect of home ownership is generally out of the question if you’re buying a house, but new home construction allows for much more versatility and customization. You want to make sure that the location of your custom, luxury home has a view you can enjoy for years to come, a safe, secure neighborhood, and neighbors you get along with. It’s also imperative that you consider your lifestyle. Do you want to shorten your commute to work? Do you want to live close to a bustling downtown area with restaurants and shopping? Even if you don’t have a specific location in mind, a great custom home builder can factor in all aspects of your lifestyle and help you find the perfect location. 

Blueprint of custom home

2. Choose Your Contractor Carefully

Perhaps the most important part of new home construction is choosing a quality contractor. You want to be sure that the person building your luxury home has a history of on-time, high quality delivery. Nobody wants to find the perfect location and draw up the perfect floor plan only to find that their contractor is always late or cutting corners on quality. A good custom home builder will help you navigate every part of bringing your new home to life without sacrificing your time or the quality of your luxury home.

At Dibico, we pride ourselves on having 55 years of experience making our customers happy. We have several years of expertise and a high devotion to our craft makes us the ideal contractor to help you make your custom home dreams come true. 

3. Start With the Basics

Another great thing about new home construction is that the world is your oyster. We know how fun it is to have the opportunity to plan out every little detail of your custom home, but before you get carried away thinking about the specifics, you should start with the basics. Having a good, foundational idea of what you want your custom home to be can help make the process run that much smoother. Additionally, being able to communicate these ideas to your contractor will make it easier for them to visualize your particular tastes. How many rooms would you like in your new home? Are there any features that you absolutely must have? How about any features that you don’t want under any circumstances? When starting new home construction, it’s also a good idea to think about your current home and evaluate what you do and do not like about it.

4. ...Then Consider the Amenities

Finally, one of the most exciting aspects of building your own luxury home is thinking about which amenities you’d like to include. Of course, there are several amenities that automatically come with most homes these days, whether it is a custom home or not. Some of these amenities include dishwashers, central heating and cooling, or a two-car garage. However, as the owner of a luxury home, you may want to think about including more upscale amenities in your new place. More upscale amenities can add to your comfort and add value to your home. Maybe you want a home movie theater, a home gym, or a tennis court. Whatever it may be, it’s crucial to think about which amenities will be the most useful to you and your lifestyle. It might not be necessary to have the best of everything, but it’s definitely important to consider what will best suit you and your family. 

If it’s your first time building a custom home, there’s no doubt you’re probably a bit overwhelmed. With all the things that need to be considered, it’s certainly an exhausting process. However, with the help of Dibico, your new home construction doesn’t have to be a hassle. With the help of our experienced team, you’ll be living in the home of your dreams in no time.


The Benefits of Dibico Home Management

Managing and maintaining your luxury home can certainly be a hassle, especially when you have to rely on several different vendors to get the job done.  With Dibico Home Management, we take care of all your home maintenance needs, from routine and preventative maintenance, on-call repairs, seasonal home preparation, and an extensive menu of lifestyle concierge services. There is plenty of data supporting the idea that routine home maintenance has endless tangible benefits, but we believe these tangible benefits are far outweighed by the intangible.  The Dibico Home Management program allows you to sit back, relax, and get back the one thing money can’t buy… time.

 

Statistics show that routine home maintenance can increase the value of your home by up to 2% annually and cut energy costs by up to 10%.  Every luxury home needs to be maintained, but more importantly, every luxury home needs to be managed. What’s the difference? For starters, home management helps to preserve and protect your home and its systems.  More importantly, home management gives you more freedom and flexibility to pay attention to the things that are most important to you.  With Dibico Home Management, you can not only ensure that your property will be well taken care of, you can also shift your focus to enjoying your family, your friends, and your life.

 

One of the main perks of the Dibico Home Management program is scheduled home maintenance services, including gutters and downspouts, HVAC, electrical, and more.  Our flexible program allows you to book services on a weekly, monthly, or quarterly basis, meaning we work around your schedule.  You no longer have to take an afternoon off work or head to the office late because of a maintenance appointment, which means you can always keep your home in tip-top shape.  Performing routine maintenance on your luxury home is a proactive approach to homeownership; stopping problems before they arise.

 

Even with the best routine home maintenance, unforeseen issues can come up at any time.  Dibico Home Management offers on-call repair services for these types of situations.  Now, you don’t have to wait for an available time slot with your repairman or sacrifice your own time for home maintenance.  Dibico will show up at your door at a time that is convenient for you.  Whether it’s a broken pipe, a leaky roof, or a clogged drain, Dibico is always prepared to tackle any situation with a smile.  With Dibico, you can rest assured that your luxury home will always receive the best care.

 

Another huge edge that comes with signing up for our home management program is our comprehensive menu of lifestyle concierge services.  In order to help you reap the benefits of living in a luxury home, we offer a wide selection of party and seasonal home maintenance services, ranging from grocery shopping to window cleaning, auto maintenance to private jet service.  Sounds too good to be true, right?  Wrong!  Our trusted team of Greenwich builders are delighted to go above and beyond to ensure your luxury home is ready for any and all occasions at any time of the year.

 

Perhaps the greatest advantage to Dibico Home Management is that there are no limits to what we can do for your luxury home.  We know that homeowners want to keep up with the times as technology advances and new home trends emerge, so we’re here to help bring your vision to life.  Whether you’re looking to install new appliances in your kitchen, turn your spare room into a home gym, build a luxurious pool in your backyard, or do a complete home renovation, Dibico can turn your dreams for your luxury home into a reality.  Our general rule of thumb is, if you can dream it, we can do it!  Once we have given life to your vision, you will be eligible for all routine home maintenance procedures from Dibico.

Our clients wanted a one-stop-shop for all of their home maintenance needs, so we created the Dibico Home Management program to give you peace of mind.  Dibico is unlike other home maintenance companies in that we are not a middle-man, a broker, or a pass-through.  We are builders first and foremost, and we are committed to protecting the beauty and integrity of your luxury home.  Above all else, we are committed to giving you the ability to live your life without limits.  It’s why our clients choose Dibico time and time again for all of their home maintenance and home management needs.


Greenwich Home Renovated by Dibico Featured in Dwell Article

Recently, a Greenwich home renovated by Dibico was featured in an article on Dwell, an online platform for architects and designers.  The home, located at 282 Round Hill Road, is a Colonial-style that spans over 6,000 square feet on an oversized lot, providing a perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of New York City. Featuring five bedrooms and bathrooms, high-end kitchen appliances, custom cabinetry, and even space for a home gym or media room, this home is certainly something special.

Click here to read the full article on Dwell.


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