Maintaining a home is probably the single-most important part of homeownership. Well, ok, paying the mortgage might be a bit more important. Still, it’s surprising how following a home maintenance checklist can not only extend the life of your home but save a lot of money along the way.
Here are a few items to include on your home maintenance checklist.
- Breathe in. Monthly checks of your air conditioners’ filter will go a long way in extending the life of the HVAC system and your family.
- Bargain basement. Several home maintenance projects lurk in basements. Periodically feel the walls for damp spots which can signal humidity issues. Also, if your laundry room is in the basement, don’t forget to check the washer’s water connection for leaks and remember to clean the dryer’s lint trap after every use.
- Faulty faucets. Dripping faucets cost you money. Spend a few minutes cleaning out the filters and replacing washers.
- Revolving doors. Replacing the seals along outer doors will decrease drafts and air leaks. Expect to see your electric bill drop a few dollars, too.
- Heating up. Schedule yearly heating system maintenance checks to ensure your heating system is ready for the first cold front.
- Raise the roof. A visual check of the shingles, vents and chimney might reveal the beginnings of bigger problems. Make a habit of looking up every once in a while.
- Out of the gutter. Make sure to clear the leaves and pine needles from your home’s gutters. Also, check that the gutters drain away from the house.
Create your own home maintenance checklist and note the various tasks on your calendar. And don’t ignore the reminder when it pops up on your phone; you might regret it! Lastly, take a look at this great home maintenance checklist from Realty One Group, Alicia Mendoza for some great ideas to add to your personal home maintenance checklist.