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Home Maintenance to Do Every Year

Regular maintenance of your home is essential. You should service some parts of your home annually to avoid incurring unnecessary damage and costs in the future. Here, we explain the types of home maintenance you should do yearly.

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Why Is Maintenance Important?

Regular maintenance of your home has many benefits. By looking after your house you can preserve its value. Maintenance also protects it against mishaps like leaking roofs, burst pipes, clogged drains, and many more problems that tend to go unnoticed. Putting a preventative maintenance plan in place will also ensure that your insurance claims don’t get rejected due to poor maintenance.

According to property experts, the condition of a property is often a deciding factor in securing a buyer, and the interior and exterior being in prime condition will make it more attractive and easier to sell. So set aside a budget dedicated to the inspection and repairs of your property.

How to Maintain Your Home

Creating a checklist for yourself will be useful when doing home maintenance. Below we’ll provide a few tips that you can use to look after your humble abode.

The Yard

Trees

If you have trees on your property, it is recommended that you have them inspected by a certified arborist yearly. Tree inspections will alert you of any signs of illness or dead branches that could collapse and damage your house and neighboring properties.

Pool

Most homeowners only start looking after their pools in the summertime, but regular maintenance, even through the winter, can spare you the headache. Treating your pool and regularly checking valves and filters will keep your pool sparkling clean throughout the year.

Patio or deck

Your patio or deck will most likely be unused for most of the winter months. As winter comes to an end, give your deck a thorough clean. Examine the wood for any cracks or loose nails and clean out any leaves or dirt left behind by the cold season. Treating the wood with borate for algae will also protect it from rotting prematurely.

The Exterior

Clean your gutters

As tedious as it sounds, cleaning your gutters regularly is highly beneficial to the upkeep of your home. Clean rain gutters not only protect your home’s landscaping and siding but also help prevent damage to your home’s foundation. Clearing gutter debris will help keep your home free of damage.

Gutter Cleaning, Concept of Yearly Home Maintenance

Paint

Exterior paint keeps your home looking good as new and protects your walls from water damage. Examine the exterior of your home for any signs of peeling and chipping paint. If you notice any of these issues, consider doing touch-ups or getting a fresh coat. 

Roof inspection

Hire a professional roofing contractor to inspect your roof annually to detect any minor issues. Minor issues that go unnoticed can become expensive major problems in the long run. Having a contractor come in regularly can be life-saving because they can repair minor issues promptly.

The Interior

HVAC systems

If you have central heating and air conditioning in your home, always make sure to schedule biannual inspections and service with your HVAC technician. The technician should check the ducts for any signs of damage, and clean and service the furnace and A/C compressor.

Plumbing

It is always a good idea to inspect your pipes at least once a year. Check under sinks and basins to make sure that there are no leaks. Be on the lookout for any stains on your ceilings and walls because this is often an indicator of a leak in the wall.

Check your faucets for drips and the flapper in your toilet tank. If your flapper is worn out, your toilet will run more frequently, if not constantly. If you’re unable to fix everything yourself, call a professional plumber to assist you.

Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

You must change the batteries of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at least once a year. Make a habit of changing the batteries when you change your clocks during Daylight Savings Time. According to the National Fire Protection Association, between 2007 and 2011 a large number of deaths from home fires were in homes without working smoke detectors. You may want to consider installing smart detectors that can detect voice alerts as well.

Speak to Our Expert Property Damage Attorneys

Maintaining your home may seem like an intimidating task at first, but having a checklist and schedule will make it easier to do so. Looking after your home will help you avoid unexpected damage. If you’re experiencing challenges with a home insurance claim, contact us today.

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