Owning a home is a great feeling! You can renovate and add many things to make it more personal to you. However, homes require lots of maintenance to make sure it remains comfortable for your family. The responsibilities of a homeowner should not be taken for granted. Besides, you want your home to be more valuable than when you first bought it, correct?
Consistent maintenance of your home should always be on your monthly to-do list. It will save you lots of money in the long run and is well worth the very little labor and time invested. It’s better to catch small problems before they turn into even more complicated tasks. Once they become complicated tasks, you’ll be at the mercy of the prices of an independent contractor, which can be very expensive.
The exterior may not seem important when it comes to your home interior. But, some things can indeed infiltrate your home if left untreated.
- If you would like your curb appeal to continue to look nice, remove shrubs and dead plants from around your home
- Ensure that all gutters and drains are draining away from your home
- Check for missing and damaged shingles
- Check for cracks in the foundation (if you spot any, you really need to check the severity of them because it can allow termites in your home or lead to larger structural issues later down the line)
- Checking your garages automatic reversing mechanism is a must. An improperly operating automatic reversing mechanism has been linked to many deaths and injuries. This is especially important if you have children.
Attics are usually only used for storing things in most homes, which means they’re highly overlooked when it comes to maintenance. This has proven to be a costly mistake in some cases.
- Check for any leakage which can easily ruin the rest of your home
- Look for any sunlight shining through cracks, this can help identify if your roof needs repair
- Look for signs of rodents that may be living there. This can lead to damaged walls, doors, and furniture from gnawing. Not to mention being exposed to a host of diseases and increasing allergies
The interior of your home is always in your line of sight. You live there!
- Cooling and heating vents should be vacuumed or dusted
- All drains should be unclogged and cleaned
- Carbon Monoxide and smoke detectors should be inspected. Ensure that batteries are changed atleast every 6 months
- Make sure the alarm system is still functioning properly for the safety of your family
The basement is the second most overlooked place in a home, behind the attic, and it happens to be ground zero to a host of problems that can affect your home.
- Similar to the attic, you need to check the entire basement for any dampness in the walls and floors
- Replace and clean filters as needed such as water filters, dryer exhausts, and HVAC system filters
- Drain your water heater as needed to remove any sediment, while also checking for corrosion and leaks
- Locate and have knowledge of how to turn off the main water supply valve
- The floors underneath toilets, sinks, showers and tubs should be checked for leaking water
The kitchen is an obvious place to maintain because majority of your time is spent here. Keeping appliances in tip-top shape will save lots of money and prevent you from buying new ones or paying for repairs.
- Your oven and refrigerator should always be deep cleaned
- Dishwashers and sinks should always be checked for leakage
- Clean the coils on a refrigerator using a coil brush or vacuum to ensure it continues to cool properly. Make sure to unplug the refrigerator before doing so
Feel free to complete additional maintenance on your home as needed. Seasonal maintenance is more specific in terms of what to check. You can find more information on spring maintenance here. Our job is to save you lots of money by informing you of preventive actions that can be taken to do so.
If all else fails, another way to ensure that you’re protected is having home insurance coverage. Even if you already have a policy, it’s always good to look over it annually to ensure it will provide enough coverage for any damages that may occur in an emergency. You can give us a call at 217-345-7063 to go over your coverage or get more information on signing a new policy for new homeowners.