Here are some simple maintenance tips that will help keep your home in good shape. Fortunately, most maintenance chores are quick and don’t require any special skills.
Maintaining appliances equals keeping the value in your home. This will help protect your investment, and one of the easiest waysnancy to do this is to keep up with maintenance on your property. It will also make preparations easier when you are ready to sell.
In the kitchen, clean the vent filters on your range hood before they get clogged with grease and dirt. Your range hood helps keep your home clean by pulling cooking smoke and grease out of the air. Disposable filters can be replaced regularly. If you have metal filters, wash them by hand.
Keeping the drip bowls under your stovetop burners clean will help keep your stove in good condition and prevent food particles from burning when you cook. Check the oven door to make sure it seals properly, so you don’t lose heat and energy every time you use it.
Keep your refrigerator running efficiently by vacuuming the coils a couple of times a year. Your refrigerator is one of the biggest energy users in your home.
To maintain your disposal, remove any large pieces stuck inside, then run ice through it to help clean out any small particles. You can add salt or vinegar to the ice for extra cleaning. It’s easy for food to get caught in your garbage disposal, which can create a bad smell in your kitchen. Freshen your entire kitchen by running a few small pieces of lemon or orange peel through the disposal.
For major appliances such as your clothes dryer, save energy and help protect your home from fire by vacuuming the lint out of the dryer exhaust vent at least once a year. Your clothes dryer is another big, expensive energy user in your home.
Your air conditioner will run more efficiently, use less energy, last longer and keep your home cooler if you change your disposable filter at least once a month. If you have a reusable filter, vacuum it every month.
You especially need to keep up with maintenance if you are getting ready to sell your home. By keeping up with these small maintenance projects, you’ll protect your home and make it easier to take care of larger issues as they come up. Contact me today for a consultation on selling your house, and to find out how much your home is worth.
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