Home ownership is everyone’s dream. That is, until the cooling system gives way during the hottest season of the year or a pipe bursts during a party. And when these things happen to you, only then will you think about checking the AC or the plumbing. But you can avoid these unpleasant situations simply by following a home maintenance plan.
Now, going through home inspection can be overwhelming. There are several items to check, repair or even replace. Simplify this job with a home maintenance checklist.
Roof and Gutters
The roof is your home’s first line of defense. If it doesn’t function, it’ll be hard to withstand the changing season. Maintenance and inspection is fairly easy to do when you know what to spot and have the right tools. First, examine your roof for damage. This means looking for broken or missing shingles, cracked caulks, or rust spots on flashing. Second, determine whether you could repair the damage or if a contractor would be better.
Professional roofing contractors would have the expertise and the tools to do the job efficiently and safely.
For the gutters, it is recommended to clean and inspect it twice every year. Fall and spring are the most ideal time of the year to do it since the weather is milder during these seasons.
Basement and Crawlspace
To prevent mold and mildew buildup, it’s necessary to perform general maintenance annually. Look for any signs of cracks or water leakage on the floors and wall. This part of the home is most susceptible to damage since they are exposed to rainwater and is underneath the house. If you notice any cracks, be sure to fix them immediately. Caulk and seal any leaks between the concrete walls.
To prevent mold growth, be sure the area has good moisture control. Apply a protective coating in your basement and in your home to prevent them from crawling into your place. It’s also important to disinfect and clean the surfaces that are prone to mold and mildew growth. Do this twice every year.
Plumbing problems can be costly as well as stressful, so it’s smart to maintain this vital system of your home. Do your inspections every season to prevent unpleasant surprises.
Check valves, faucets, and drains for leaks and blockages during summer. During fall, keep your gutters and drains of leaves and debris. You’ll also want to check your heating system for damage to ensure everything works when winter comes. For winter, turn off outdoor water valves to prevent pipes from freezing and conserve energy. You’ll also want to keep your plumber’s emergency number handy. During spring, check your pipes and water heater for overload or damage.
Electrical maintenance ensures that your home runs efficiently and safely. Of course, your electrical system should have been installed by a licensed professional and that it should have passed standards. You could do the inspections on your own, but it’s advisable to hire an electrician. A professional would know what to look for in terms of fire hazards and ensure that all components of electricity-powered appliances are in working order.
Home maintenance may not hold a top place in your list of things to do. But it’s a crucial part of ensuring your property is comfortable, efficient, and safe. So do your part where possible, and seek professionals where necessary.