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Home Maintenance 101: 4 Important Items for Your Maintenance Checklist

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One of the biggest challenges to preparing a home for sale is weighing the cost of the repairs vs. selling as is. Homeowners get hit with a hefty bill and face the choice or fixing the issue or lowering their asking price.

Don’t let this be you.

A regularly maintained home avoids many issues that arise over the years. Keep reading to discover what to put on your home’s maintenance checklist.

Interior Maintenance Checklist

The changing of the seasons usually necessitates some indoor cleaning.

From the warm to the cold months, the important places to keep an eye on are the furnace and the water heater. You don’t want to wake up to a cold shower in a cold house due to faulty systems.

Drain the water heater or boiler to prevent sediment from collecting inside. Have a professional come out to check on your furnace once a year to make sure it is in good working order.

In the cold months, it’s important to protect your A/C unit. The winter months can wreak havoc on the external system.

From the cold to the warmer months, open up those windows and let the fresh air in. Check and change the filters for your A/C system and wipe down the vents with a damp towel. For the outdoor unit, call in a professional like the Vent Doctor to make sure your A/C is functioning at its best. A 90+degree day is a bad time to discover your A/C didn’t make it through the winter.

Run water in any of your unused bathrooms monthly to check that the plumbing is still in good shape. This includes flushing the toilet.

1. Check for Pests

Seasonal changes can bring in some unwanted critters trying to escape the extreme heat or bitter cold. Small animals sneak in through tiny gaps and holes. Check around your home for any signs of breaches. 

Warmer months bring in new bug families also. Ants, termites, and bed bugs are just a few common problems homeowners face. Call in a professional seasonally to spray for pests. Ants and bed bugs are irritating and may carry disease. Termites infestations can damage your home’s value if it goes unchecked.

2. Gutters

Gutters lead water away from your roof and home. Improper drainage is the number one cause of foundation damage.

The fall and winter months fill your gutters with debris.  When it warms up, clogged drains lead to improper drainage of rainwater. This can lead to water infiltrating your home and extensive (expensive) damages.

Use a latter and gloves to clean your gutters two times a year. If you feel uncomfortable with this, call in a professional service.

3. Roof

Every year you should check your roof for mold, leaking, or damage. Damage to the roof of a home can lead to significant problems inside the home. Not the least of these is water infiltration which leads to mold problems.

Check your roof one to two times a year. If you find any issues, the warmer months are the best time to get it repaired. Read more about roof maintenance, here.

4. Foundation

Routine maintenance of your foundation can save you tens of thousands of dollars in the long run. Obvious signs of foundation damage in a home are sagging floors, large wall cracks, and doors that don’t open/close properly.

Check around your foundation for mold, cracks, water damage, sinking, or upheaval. Upheaval happens when the slab your home is on moves upward. After a hard winter, the soil under the house can expand and contract, causing extensive damage. Broken pipes can cause this problem upheaval.

Older homes have old plumbing which can burst and cause foundation damage.

Things to Remember

The best cure is prevention. A lack of regular maintenance to your home will lead to expensive issues in the future. A well-maintained home will retain its value over the long run.

Your maintenance checklist should include the vital areas of your home and the aesthetic portions. Check regularly for water damage, mold, cracks, or any irregularities. When it’s time to upgrade, your budget will thank you.

The inside of a home can get cluttered and stuffy. To find out how often you should give your home a good thorough clean, click here.