Taking good care of your home with regular maintenance is necessary to preserve its value and summer is a great time to do it! A well-maintained home will bring a better price than a home with years of maintenance neglect. While maintenance takes some money and work, in the long run you save money. A small problem like clogged gutters can lead to a big issue like water damage with a high price tag. Consider hiring a professional to complete these maintenance tasks and keep your home in top shape!
1. CLEAN OUT GUTTERS and downspouts at least once a year to curb water in the basement.
2. REPLACE AIR CONDITIONER FILTERS and clean the drain line.
3. POWER WASH mold and mildew off siding, walkways and porches.
4. PATCH CRACKS AND HOLES in the driveway with a concrete repair caulk or asphalt crack sealer. If the driveway is showing age, you may want to pressure wash it, repair holes, and then apply a sealer to give it new life.
5. PRUNE SHRUBS AND TREES Air conditioning units and heat pumps require plenty of air circulation to work efficiently – that’s at least 18” of room around the sides, and 3’ or more above the unit. Tree limbs should be kept 8’ away from the home.
6. DUST CEILING FAN BLADES and reverse the direction. If the fans spin counterclockwise, they’ll push the air straight down to keep the home cool.
7. CLEAN THE DRYER VENT and exhaust duct to avoid fires.
8. CHECK THE DECK for water. Pour a little water on it. If the water beads into little puddles, it’s good. If it sinks into the wood, get the deck resealed.
9. WASH WINDOWS AND INSPECT CAULKING around the windows and doors. This helps with energy efficiency and keeps ants and bugs at bay.
10. DRAIN THE HOT WATER HEATER every year to clear sediment buildup that can shorten the life of a water heater and raise energy bills.
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