Home ownership is a big responsibility, but a little effort can reduce the stress associated with it. Keeping up with home maintenance can help you reduce the necessity for costly repairs. Keeping everything in working order will help your home run more efficiently and help you save money on energy costs.
You should always keep the outside of your home looking nice and working properly. This not only increases the curb appeal of your home, but also keeps problems from cropping up on the inside. Make sure the roof is in good condition with no worn or curling sections. Scrape and sand any flaking paint on the outer walls and repaint to protect the material underneath. Make sure windows and doors are weather proof to keep energy costs down. Keep up with landscaping to add to curb appeal and to avoid a major overhaul later on.
Make sure the inside of your home is safe and sound. Keep electrical components in good working order. Replace any loose outlets and consider upgrading to a breaker box if your home still uses fuses. Fix any plumbing leaks immediately to avoid unseen damage behind walls and under the floors. Use a plunger instead of chemicals to clear drains whenever possible because this helps the plumbing last longer. Keep toilets in proper working order, free from running water or jiggling handles.
In addition to fixing problems as they come up, you should also make sure to maintain the systems in your house on a regular basis. Below are some things to check or update periodically.
Twice a year:
• Change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
• Clean your dryer vent (to avoid a potential fire).
Once a month:
• Change your furnace filters to enhance air quality in the home and extend the life of the furnace.
• Spot-check windows and doors to ensure they aren’t letting air in or out.
• Inspect exposed electrical cords for damage.
Once a year:
• Have your furnace serviced and cleaned by a licensed professional.
• Drain your water heater.
Following these simple tips can save you time and money in the long run and make your home ownership experience more pleasant and stress free.