Home Maintenance Checklist
Most homeowners are so excited when they purchase a new home and start thinking about home maintenance. They spend extra time and money fixing it up and putting their own unique stamp on it. Then as time goes on the newness wears off. And so does the thoughts about general/routine home maintenance. If a homeowner takes a little bit of time each and every month to ensure that everything is functioning smoothly and efficiently, it can save on costs in the long run. If you neglect your home then you will get significantly less value from it when you go to resell it.
You can ensure that you have an efficient and well maintained home when you utilize a monthly home maintenance checklist to protect your investment. Here are 10 items to help you maintain the value and efficiency of your home when checked routinely:
- Inspect furnace filter(s) and replace as needed
- Examine the foundation for any new cracks
- Use the clean-out valve on the bottom of your hot water tank to drain water, by doing so you can remove any sediment and increase the overall efficiency of the unit
- Test all fire and carbon monoxide detectors. Make sure you have a regular schedule for checking and replacing batteries
- Examine vents to ensure that there are no obstructions especially in the laundry room
- If your home has gutters, look over them to make sure that there are no blockages impeding the flow of water
- Check pipes under sinks and in other areas for any leaks
- Look over all caulking (windows, doors, etc,) and then repair/replace as needed
- Clean all drains with drain cleaner and baking soda
- Inspect any exposed wood (decks, attic, etc.) for insect damage. Termites are not your friend and if detected early enough repairs can cost a lot less!
Also, putting together a small toolbox would be a good investment for homeowners. Whether you shop at Home Depot, Lowes, Ace Hardware or your local hardware shop, a few specific tools will make the work both easer and faster.
Take The Time
For most of us, our home is the biggest investment that we will ever have. Just like we do routine maintenance on our vehicles, we need to consider taking the time to do regular maintenance on our home. Sure, it may not be as simple as the car or dealership reminding you that the vehicle needs an oil change. But, if you take time to do home maintenance on a regular basis, it will reward you (and your pocketbook) over time. For more information on home maintenance, please see The National Association of Realtors website.
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