Checklist: Maintaining Your Home
By maintaining your home yourself, when and if it comes time to sell your home you will retain more value. Preventative maintenance is one of the best things you can do to maximize the value of any property. Here is a to-do list to check off every year. Spring and Summer are a great time to tackle this list.
Clear gutters and downspouts
Believe it or not clogged gutters and downspouts can be one of the biggest problems for your home’s foundation. If water isn’t move down and away from your home it can collect around your foundation walls causing them to bow and crack from the pressure. That is why this task is #1 on our list. Be careful on the ladder! This is also a good time to do a visual inspection of your roof for loose / missing shingles.
Clear yard debris and maintain the grade of the soil around your foundation
Keeping the yard clear of debris helps keep your landscaping and yard in better condition. Leaves and debris can trap moisture around your foundation as well. Making sure the grading of the soil around your foundation helps move water down and away from your foundation as well.
Check your lawn mower blade and get your lawn mower serviced
To maintain your yard well you need to have a sharp blade on your mower and you should get the oil changed and have the mower checked out. This isn’t just a curb value issue, it is a safety issue. Check all of your other lawn maintenance equipment as well. Change oil and add fresh fuel, service any equipment that needs servicing.
Check your attic, basement or crawlspace for moisture
Moisture is one of the biggest threats you can have in your home. It can cause rust, wood rot, mold, and mildew. It can also be a health risk to your home. It’s a good idea to find a waterproofing professional to check your home to make sure you have the correct interior waterproofing and drainage for your specific situation. You may also need a dehumidifier, and the same professional can recommend if you need one.
Check batteries in carbon monoxide and fire detectors
This should actually be done a few times a year, even as often as month to month. Test your detectors as well at this time. Per NFPA.org
, Three of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. This is also a good time to check your fire extinguisher placement.
Other interior items
Make sure to check air conditioner filters frequently, clean screens in doors and windows, power wash moldy siding, keep water softener salt in check, check your fireplace (or have a professional check it) to see if it needs to be cleaned, check the dryer vent for lint buildup, and remove build up on faucets and inspect your drains for clogs
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