Buying their own house is often the top priority for the majority of adults living in the United States. And why would it not be, for the ownership of a home is the foundation of the American Dream.
If you’re puzzled as to why we are waxing poetic about homeownership, then, in all honesty, we are only trying to use it as a ruse to broach a subject that often turns noses up and brings frowns to a forehead.
Yes, indeed, we are speaking of home maintenance. The job requires time, effort, and much motivation to get done in time.
We feel that when you have worked tirelessly to be able to own a house, then you should take the best possible care of it. When it comes to maintenance, being proactive is the way to go.
If you stay on top of even the most minute home maintenance tasks, you can successfully avoid significant repairs. Because trust us, when these big repairs arise, they only go away after burning a big hole in your wallet.
The catch here is that when you stay on top of regular home maintenance tasks, you can avoid many costly repairs. To keep our readers motivated during quarantine, we have created the ultimate checklist for home maintenance that covers all the seasonal issues. What more could you ask for?
Here’s a home maintenance checklist to ensure that your house is in pristine condition irrespective of how hot the summer is or how freezing the winter is.
Without much ado, let’s jump right into it.
The four basic tasks
Before we delve into season-specific tasks, we thought of starting with primary maintenance that needs to be carried out throughout the year. If you don’t get anything else done but have managed to take care of the following things, then you have already won the game.
● Schedule heating/cooling tune-ups
Whether it is the sweltering heat of the summer or the withering winds of winter, maintaining temperatures is significant all year round. This is why your air conditioner needs to be serviced once a year.
Ideally, it should be done at the end of the spring season, as the heat begins to sweep in. Routine repairs could cost you $300, whereas a reinstallation to take up to $5000.
Getting you A/C cleaned up is a delicate job, and you wouldn’t want to hand this task to an unprofessional service provider. It is recommended to get the services of the best A/C maintenance company in your area.
A quick Google search can help you there. For example, if you are in Nashville, you can search “A/C tune-ups in Nashville” to find the best agency in town to fix your air conditioner.
● Take care of ice dams
Who would like to experience the Spiderman Homecoming moment of a roof collapse?
Obviously, no one would!
Ice dams are a significant cause of damage to rooftops. They lead to weathering of roof shingles and vents, eventually destroying the insulation in the attic and other spaces.
The spring thaws often cause significant damages, taking maintenance costs from an affordable $1000 to a monstrous $8000. If you invest in decent attic insulation, then water damage to walls and ceilings can be avoided very easily.
● Clean the pipelines, gutters, and spouts
Cleaning the pipelines and gutters is often neglected, which results in unexpected flooding, leakages, and other gross incidents that you would not like to be reminded of. The common cause of blockages in gutters is the collection of debris.
If regular cleaning and maintenance are carried out in the spring and fall seasons, then you can save a lot of money. Generally, professional drainage cleaning/unclogging services cost a little over $100. If you can manage to get the cleaning done bi-monthly, then you are good to go all year round.
● Stay ahead of humidity
If you want to keep the value of your home up, you must pay attention to humidity management. If you maintain the home’s humidity under 50%, then mold and mites that thrive in moisture would bid adieu to your home.
A dehumidifier is a perfect tool in your arsenal to protect your home against allergens. The initial investment of $1500 – $3000 can help you stay clear of damage repairs that could potentially cost more than $10,000.
We know that you would love to read about home decor instead of adding more maintenance tasks to your to-do list. But here is a list of assorted tasks for each season:
- Test smoke detectors.
- Inspect the kitchen caulk and bathroom.
- Clean the deck.
- Repaint and renovate the exteriors.
- Inspect the roof for damages and the attic for leakages.
- Book an appointment for gutter cleaning.
- Call a maintenance service for your air conditioning.
- Clear the filter and hood in the kitchen.
- Vacuum the refrigeration coils.
- Deep clean the fans and fixtures.
- Inspect the clogs in the foundation and rooftop.
- Look out for moisture and mites in the crawl space.
- Ensure that bees, termites, and other insects have not established their homes within your safe haven.
- Aerate the lawn
- Rake leaves and other debris away.
- Call professionals to inspect air heating.
- Inspect the fireplace for damage while cleaning it out.
- Maintain windows: swap the old ones and fix the cracks.
- Fill in the missing shingles and inspect damages/ leaks in the roofing.
- Get major home appliances prepped and ready for the holiday season.
- Say adios to the air-conditioning unit.
- Inspect for leakages in the basement
- Check the gutters, downspouts, roofs, and pipes after heavy storms.
- Deep clean bathroom and kitchen to avoid any hazards in the holiday season.
With summer being just a few weeks away, this quarantine is the best time for you to get engaged in home maintenance and makeover.
We hope that this blog would be of help to you. If you would like us to continue posting about seasonal cleaning and maintenance hacks, do let us know in the comments below. We love to hear from you.
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