Most people like to buy newer homes because they look nicer and tend to need fewer repairs. However, there are lots of things you can do to your current home to make it just as appealing as the brand-new ones. The most important thing is to perform yearly and monthly maintenance to make sure it keeps looking and running at its best. Your home’s longevity plays a big part in its value and your enjoyment.
Yearly Maintenance Checklist
- Inspect your roof for loose shingles or broken rain gutters. If you replace broken shingles every year, your roof will last longer and you won’t have to worry about water damage being done to the wood underneath. You’ll also avoid having water leak into your home.
- Check the batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Look for signs of infestation in your attic and basement or crawl space. Rodents, termites and other bugs can get inside your home if there are gaps or cracks anywhere. It can cost a lot of money in the future if the infestation gets out of control. Placing rodent traps and bug traps in the attic and crawl space will help keep the problem in check. Some people also get their house sprayed for spiders and insects.
- Check plumbing for leaks in all of the bathrooms and the kitchen. It is easier to fix a problem when it is small, rather than dealing with water damage in the event of a broken pipe.
- Make sure all of your insurance information is up to date. You need to have home insurance to take care of any major problems that occur. You should also look into flood insurance for your home if you live near a river or in an area with a high water table.
- Have your air conditioning and heating systems checked. You should also change filters monthly or as often as recommended in your machine’s manual.
- Repair caulking and grout in bathrooms and kitchens. Water damage can occur to the wood underneath if there are any cracks in the grout of your tile or pealing caulking. These things are easy to fix and can save you a lot of money down the line.
- Repair any cracks in the concrete or asphalt around your home. Small cracks can lead to big cracks and if you repair them early, it will look better in the long run.
- Check for damage to the exterior of your home. If you have damaged siding, it should be replaced. Masonry work should be checked and fixed. Paint should also be touched up.
By following a yearly maintenance checklist for your home, you can help maintain its longevity. This will help you retain home value and allow you to enjoy your home more as well. You can take pride in knowing your home is in good repair. Is there anything we left off the list that should be done to your home every year?