Routine Home Maintenance Tips for Responsible Homeowners
Posted on: 13 June 2019 by Tracey Clayton
You never know what could happen, which is why it’s always better to be more or less prepared.
Getting all settled in your home is very nice and comfortable, but if you wish for things to remain the same way, you really need to create a maintenance routine. Essentially, your home needs to be well-kept with regular checkups and fixes when necessary. Otherwise, small issues can turn into bigger ones and end up costing you a lot of money, time and peace of mind. A home maintenance routine is very similar to a cleaning one – just like you’d designated one day in the week to clean the place a bit so that you don’t have too much tidying up piling on, you do the same maintenance-wise, only not as often. Easy, right?
Trim your trees
If you have trees in your yard and around your home, this is the first maintenance project you should get to every season. Tree trimming can save you a lot of trouble during storms, snow and windy periods. Just think about it – unkept branches can ruin your roof, façade and windows. Even worse, dead tree limbs may fall on someone and hurt them. Having trees in your yard is definitely a wonderful thing as they add greenery and shade, but as a responsible homeowner, you should make it a point to trim them regularly or at least hire a professional for the job.
Fix any roof leaks
Missing or rotting shingles or flashing are some of the most common causes for wall and ceiling leaks. In order to avoid more damage, it’s essential that you check the condition of your roof and quickly repair or replace whatever’s broken. Luckily, this isn’t something that you need to do too often, but it should still be on your home maintenance list. Speaking of your roof, you may also want to mark down an annual chimney checkup.
Keep the gutters and downspouts clean
Every couple of months, you should take the time to properly clean your gutters and downspouts. Remove the leaves, dirt and debris thoroughly so that the water can flow without obstacles. This is a rather simple project that’s really worth the effort as ignoring the problem can only cause clogs and breaks that can consequently lead to more serious and costlier damage.
Check your plumbing
In case you notice that the water in your sink and/or tub isn’t going down as fast as it should, don’t ignore the issue at hand just because it’s not irritating enough at that moment. There’s obviously some kind of a problem and the sooner you find it and fix it, the better. You may need to call in experts to unclog your pipes or to fix your blocked toilet, and that’s completely fine. After all, this seemingly unimportant issue can soon turn into a health hazard and even damage your entire plumbing system.
Vacuum your appliances
This may sound like a strange thing to do, but your appliances also gather dust and lint as time goes by. Ignoring this would mean letting the appliances break faster and putting your own health in danger. For instance, vacuuming refrigerator coils will help the appliance work better and more efficiently. Doing the same for dryer vents can boost the dryer’s functionality and even minimize the risk of fire. Lint buildup is not something to ignore if you’re a responsible homeowner. That said, it would be smart to disconnect and vacuum all your appliances twice a year.
You never know what could happen, which is why it’s always better to be more or less prepared. This mainly entails a monthly routine of you going through and outside your home to do some inspection on your own. After all, you’ll be the one to notice if your windows and doors don’t shut properly, whether there’s a crack in one of the walls, that your electricity is acting up, etc. If you stay observant and responsible enough to do a checkup once a month, such a small effort will undoubtedly pay off a lot.