Your home is one of your most valuable investments, so it’s important to take care of it. That means more than just cleaning and tidying up. To keep your home in top condition, you should give it a thorough inspection and maintenance; some areas at least once a year, others monthly. This may sound like a lot of work, but it doesn’t have to be. By breaking down the task into smaller, manageable parts, you can easily get everything done without feeling overwhelmed.
Here are a few major areas to consider.
The first thing you’ll want to do is take a look at the outside of your home. Check for any cracks or damage to the structure, and make repairs as needed. Start with roof repair since it can save you a lot of trouble later on. If you notice missing shingles or damaged flashing; you may need to call in a professional.
As you move around the house, check the foundation for any separation from the ground. Look for wet spots that could indicate leaking pipes. Protecting your foundation from damage is vital. Be sure there is no standing water around. Essentially you’re looking for anything that seems suspect. Replace any damaged siding or railings to prevent further more expensive damage.
Once you’ve finished with the exterior, it’s time to move on to the interior of your home. Start by checking your windows. If you feel drafts or see fogged panes of glass you know you’ve got seals that need to be repaired. Make an effort to replace any damaged window glass.
Next check your baseboards, look for water damage or soft wood spots. If you have rooms with walls that cannot be cleaned; plan of repainting when you can. Check on doors and see if they’re closing properly. Inspect the ceilings as well. Make a note of any water damage or stains. Anything that needs repair; make an effort to make them to prevent further damage.
Next, it’s time to focus on the plumbing. Check all the faucets for drips. Over time a leaky faucet can cost you more on your water bills. Usually its a simple fix; usually replacing a gasket. Look under your sinks to check the pipes. A tiny drip might not be noticed until you’ve got wood damage and mold growing. If you find any issues, have them repaired as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
Also, take a look at your water heater. Again, you’re checking for water stains and leaks. That’s your signal that there’s a problem that needs attention.
The HV/AC system
Your home’s heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system should be cleaned as often as necessary. Over time leaves, dog hair, tree cotton and grass can mount up and clog your outside unit. To help your unit to run more efficiently; be sure these coils are cleaned regularly. If you wait until you notice your unit not running properly you’ll likely be facing an expensive repair.
Your air return filters should be changed once a month. This will help prevent mold and other allergens from entering the home. This is also a great time to test all of your home’s smoke detectors to be sure the batteries are fresh and working.
Doing yearly and monthly maintenance will save you money in the long run. It will also make sure your family is living in the safest and healthiest environment possible.