5 Simple but Essential Home Maintenance Tips

5 Simple but Essential Home Maintenance Tips

When you move into a new home, you want to keep it in quality condition for as long as you’re there. This is important for your comfort and safety as well as the value of the home when you decide to sell!

Here are a few home maintenance tips to help you keep your home in top condition.

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1. Prevent Pest Infestation

Rodents and insects, like termites, can do serious damage to your home—and they're not fun to keep around. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests a three-step approach to keeping your home pest-free: Seal up, trap up, and clean up!

Basically, this means sealing any holes or cracks to stop a creepy-crawly from having easy access to your home. Trap rodents as necessary, and eliminate potential food sources by controlling your garbage and promptly cleaning spills.

Taking care of those holes and cracks also helps you heat and cool your home more efficiently!

2. Test and Replace Smoke Alarms

The U.S. Fire Administration suggests replacing smoke alarms that are older than 10 years old. Test them every month by pushing the test button, and replace batteries as needed. You should have an alarm in every bedroom, outside all major sleeping areas, and on every floor in the house. The bigger the house, the more alarms you need to have!

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3. Inspect the Roof and Gutters

HGTV suggests checking the roof every spring to see if any shingles were loosened or lost during the winter. The summer sun can also cause damage, so keep an eye out for buckling and cracking as the season progresses.

DIY Network says that when you clean your gutters, you should also check them for cracks and leaks. Make sure the rivets on the downspout are secure, as well.

4. Check the Chimney and Replace Filters

According to the Chimney Safety Institute of America, your chimney should be inspected on a yearly basis and cleaned as necessary. Cleaning may be required more frequently if you use your fireplace a lot.

When it comes to heating and cooling your home, Popular Mechanics notes that furnace filters should be replaced every three months or as recommended by the manufacturer. You should also get an annual inspection and cleaning of your air conditioning unit, and change those interior filters as recommended. If you smoke or have pets, you might have to replace them more often.

Dirty filters can have a negative impact on the air quality in your home, which can have a negative impact on your health. Keep them clean and breathe easy!

5. Keep Watch on Your Home

Seemingly small issues, like a little leak in the gutter, can lead to major problems if, for example, that water settles around your foundation for years. Routine maintenance helps you stay on top of little problems before they get big—and expensive.

Make it an intention to notice what's happening with your home. Watch for cracks in the concrete, malfunctioning outlets or garage doors, leaks in pipes and faucets, and more. This care extends to all corners of your property: check for issues with landscaping, fencing, and outlying buildings, as well.

Home maintenance shouldn't consume your entire life, but it is important to schedule time for maintenance tasks. Some of them, like roofing repair or air conditioning unit maintenance, will require a professional; other tasks can be done yourself if you like—and if not, there are professionals available to help with those, too!

Home maintenance tasks are an important part of home ownership and they will boost the value of your home when you decide to sell. No one wants to move into a new house and be immediately faced with a long list of fix-it projects. If you're looking to buy a new home (hopefully one that has been carefully maintained!), contact us. We'll help you secure an affordable mortgage.

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