Everyone knows that the best way to ensure protection is by enforcing prevention. This applies to many things including your health, your car, and even your home. Sometimes to save money, you’ve got to spend money.
If you want to save hundreds and even thousands of dollars on home repairs, it’s best that you get to the problem before it gets out of hand. Some of these yearly home maintenance checks can be done by yourself. However, others may require the help of a professional so make sure to contact one if needed.
Test Smoke and Fire Alarms
This is one of the most important checks because you never know when an emergency will happen. Make sure to regularly replace the batteries of your fire alarms and check that your carbon monoxide detector is also working.
Drains and Plumbing
Regular check-up on draining and plumbing systems is needed because if anything goes wrong in this department, you could have a serious situation on your hands. If this is the case, make sure to contact Southern Drainage and Water for help.
Even if you don’t use your chimney on a regular basis, it’s always good to give it a check-up. Regular maintenance helps ensure that no dangerous gases are inside your home.
Central heating and air systems need to be serviced once or twice a year. Its best to call a technician to clean the ducts and vents to make sure it is all functioning correctly.
Refrigerators consume a lot of your home’s energy, so it’s worth ensuring that this device works as efficiently as it possibly can. Clean the coils regularly to avoid any extra energy usage.
In a few months, gutters can quickly accumulate leaves, sediment, and dirt from the colder seasons. Look to see if there are any bad spouts or natural elements blocking the gutter.
Inspect the Roof
The roof of a home tends to be the most overlooked area because we can never inspect it properly. Repair any damages and leaks found on the rooftop.
Tend to The Exterior Woodwork
Exterior woodwork must be regularly maintained so that it doesn’t lose its brilliance. Give it a quick power wash, an extra coat of paint, and top it off with some polish to keep this looking in top shape. Depending on the location, type of house you own, and the climate you are in, you will have to conduct these maintenance checks over different periods of time. For example, if you live in a hot climate, you may have to check the AC vents more often than someone in a cold climate.
The most important thing is that you don’t put these tasks off for another day. If you have a leak, patch it up as soon as possible before you are confronted with a more serious situation. Write out a checklist of the most urgent yearly maintenance tasks and make sure to revisit it each year.