When you own a home, maintenance is important to prolong the life of your systems while taking care of your investment. There are many tasks that require a professional but with a little time and effort, even an unskilled homeowner can take care of a variety of home maintenance tasks without having to call the handyman again. Make plans for your next free weekend or even just an afternoon to tackle a few items from your to do list.
- Keep your gutters clear of leaves and debris. Overfilled gutters can cause lots of damage if you don’t keep them clear of leaves and other debris. Filled gutters can prevent water from running away from your home and cause damage in a variety of ways including roof leaks, rotted wood and insect infestations. There are also gutter guard systems you can install that will help keep your gutters from gathering as much debris in them.
- Change your air filters regularly according to the manufacturer’s recommendations for your system. This will extend the life of your system and help prevent unnecessary breakdowns. When you are changing air filters, check other filters too such as refrigerators or water filtration systems.
- Regularly clean your carpets to help lengthen the life of them as well as eliminate dirt and germs from your home. Your shoes carry a lot of dirt into your home even if you wipe your feet before you come inside. Routine cleaning will help minimize the amount of dirt left in your home. It’s easy to call a professional to do this but renting a machine from a local hardware or grocery store and investing a few hours of your time can save you a good bit of money and still give you good results. If you want to make things a little easier, grab a friend and do it together. Two people can make the work fly by and you can split the cost of the machine and help each other do the cleaning.
- Vacuum your refrigerator coils. Built up dust on your coils can cause your refrigerator to work overtime and use more energy than necessary. A few minutes of your time can save you more than $100 a year in energy savings because your refrigerator will run more efficiently.
- Add or update weather stripping on your doors. Doors that don’t have adequate weather stripping allow air to escape. With a few supplies and a little time, you can correct this issue and see a decrease in your energy usage right away.
Start with these five simple chores and you will see some immediate results. It can be very gratifying to know that you are personally involved in the care of your home. For additional information on home maintenance, I will be happy to answer any questions you may have, help you to find your dream home or determine the value of your existing property.
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