If you’re letting your home age faster than it should, you could be throwing away money. An out-of-shape house is older than its years and could lose 10% of its appraised value. That’s $15,000 to $20,000 for the average home. Good maintenance can even add value to your home by 1% each year. Fortunately, there are many things homeowners can do to take care of their homes.
Conduct Home Inspection & Stick to a Preventive Maintenance Schedule
Do a general walk around and check for things that could lead to future problems. The roof should be checked for broken or missing shingles and the foundation should be checked for cracks. Check the drains and gutters as winter snow melts, paying attention to any puddles near the foundation. Gutters should be free of debris to allow spring rains to be managed. Having the HVAC serviced is also important. The inexpensive service is better than a breakdown on the hottest or coldest day of the year. Repair and replace window screens. Clean and repair your deck patio with a power wash and re-staining and check for nails popping out. Repair plumbing problems-to-be. Fixing these issues when they’re small prevents big problems that will cost more. Address pest problems as warm weather arrives. Critters will come out, with carpenter ants and termites being of special concern. Check seals around doors and crevices around plumbing and other areas that pests can gain entry to your home. Use expanding foam to seal them up.
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The dryer vent should be cleaned as it can become clogged over time with damp lint building up inside the hose. This not only makes it less efficient, but could potentially cause a fire. Clean the garage and throw away things not being used, donate or have a garage sale. Clear it out and use that space to protect your vehicles and store your tools. Clean out the dishwasher food trap. A thorough cleaning, coupled with a freshening cleanse of vinegar and baking soda, followed by boiling water down the dishwasher drain will keep it operating smoothly. Clean the basement and attic just like you did with the garage. Organize and clean your closets, checking shelves and rods to make sure they are secure. Check for loose screws by going through the entire house and tightening or replacing as necessary. Lubricate squeaky hinges on doors throughout the house using WD-40 on all hinged items. Carbon dioxide and smoke detectors should be tested weekly by pressing the test button until the alarm sounds. Change the battery once a year and replace the whole unit every ten years.
Create a Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist
Doing these things on a regular basis will prevent future problems and save you money in the long run. It can be intimidating to think of all these tasks, especially if you’re a new homeowner. Know that most can be done on your own. Creating a calendar checklist for yourself will be helpful, whether done online or on a piece of paper, a little at a time makes it less overwhelming.
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