Who doesn’t want to own a home? Owning a home is pretty much on everyone’s list of goals. It can be a great place to build a family, and even if you don’t want to live there anymore, it can become a great investment when being used a rental property. Because of this, you want to ensure that your home is well kept and isn’t in need of small repairs that can lead to pricier repairs.
Here are 4 mistakes to avoid if you currently own a home.
Ignoring Minor Repairs
Of course, no pays attention to a leaky faucet or a constantly running toilet. I mean, why should you? It’s not causing any big issues, right? Wrong. These minor things can cause quite a headache by hurting your pockets. A leaky faucet and a toilet that constantly run can cause a huge increase in your water bill. Tiny cracks in your homes foundation can also lead to bigger cracks that can become costly to repair. Point is, make it your business to handle these issues as soon as you spot them.
Procrastinating on Home Maintenance
Home maintenance is more than fixing small repairs. You must do a thorough check of your home on a monthly basis at the minimum. Many homeowners fail to check crucial places in their home such as the attic, basement, and small crawlspaces. This leads to big price tags when it comes time to finally fix the issue.
Forgetting Appliance Maintenance
Checking appliances are usually overlooked when it comes to home maintenance. When home maintenance is mentioned, most people think about the common things such as interior/exterior cleaning, plumbing, lawn care, painting, etc. They rarely think about the actual appliances in their home. Appliance repairs can be very costly. For example, a dryer’s exhaust vent needs cleaning (the vent on the back or side), not the one you pull out. Too much lint accumulation can cause a fire. That’s the last thing you need. Other appliances that should be checked out include your refrigerator, washer, dishwasher, and more.
Forgetting HVAC System Maintenance
Your HVAC system is pretty much always in use. During the winter months you’re using it to produce heat, and during the summer time you’re using it for air. Since it is one of the most used systems in your home, being aware of maintenance needed on it is vital. Ensure that your ducts are cleaned, and filters are changed frequently.
Be sure to check out our blog on spring maintenance as well to ensure you’re prepared for spring when it rolls around!