Home ownership can be such a massive goal in some peoples lives that often, once it is achieved, they expect life to get a lot easier.
Unfortunately, it isn’t that simple.
Once you own a home, you take on a lot of responsibilities if you want to keep your property in shape. Ignoring these responsibilities usually proves very costly in the long run. There are always going to be significant costs in home maintenance, and as the owner, you usually have to bear those costs. However, you can minimize expenses by completing small home maintenance tasks on a regular basis.
Below is a list of ten essential home maintenance tasks that can save you a lot of money in the long run.
Maintain the Plumbing
A few simple steps can prevent major damage that could occur due to an inadequate plumbing system. Insulating all of your unexposed pipes is a great way to increase the life of your plumbing.
Uninsulated pipes are susceptible to temperature changes and start to sweat, which causes condensation that results in corroding pipes. Also, checking faucets, toilets, showers, and pipes for leaks and fixing these as and when they occur could save you the hassle of having to fix serious water damage problems or even replacing your entire plumbing system down the line.
Check your Homes Exterior Drainage
Many water damage issues that are likely to occur are the result of the drainage system not carrying water far enough away from your home. It’s crucial to keep pipes clean, clear and free-flowing to prevent any significant problems that might occur and can be very costly.
Blockages could affect other areas of your drainage system and may result in flooding, unexplained leaks or blockages in your toilets and sinks.
Inspect for Termites
Many homeowners are too late in detecting termites and only take note when the damage is already done. Having your home treated by a pest control professional to protect against termites can save you time and money down the road.
Infestations caught early can also be more easily treated and cause less damage which is why it’s important to do regular inspections.
Maintaining the paintwork on both the interior and exterior of your home is one of the easiest ways to keep your house looking fresh and to protect it from water damage. As soon as you notice any cracks or peels in the walls, you should repair or repaint immediately, to avoid a much more extensive and expensive job.
Inspect the Roof
You should regularly check the condition of the roof. Look for cracked or broken tiles and cracks in the chimney or skylights. Any repairs that need to be done should be done by a professional roofing contractor as soon as possible. Gutters should also be regularly cleared of any debris to prevent the risk of overflows or blockage.
Seal Leaky Doors and Windows
Outdoor facing doors and windows are prone to damage due to weather conditions. Window leaks are often the result of a breakdown in the connection between the window frame and the wall.
It’s important to take note of any air leaks that may be present as these often result in water leaks, not to mention the excessive energy loss and cost, especially if your home is air-conditioned or heated.
Inspection of Trees
If your property has any trees, it’s a good idea to have them inspected by a certified arborist who is trained to spot signs of poor health early on to prevent tree loss.
But doing it yourself on a more regular basis is also a good idea. They can also protect against any risk of trees falling during storms and causing, damage to your property or even resulting in injury.
Maintain the Outside Structure
Over time, houses become prone to a variety of foundation and structural problems, such as significant cracks or unevenness in the slab or perimeter foundation wall; corrosion, dry rot, or moisture damage.
Addressing a minor foundation issue, such as a crack in the wall can end up saving you a lot of time and money. If left unattended costs can quickly escalate as the problem becomes more serious; such as a decaying wall.
Caulking Bathroom and Kitchen
Caulk is that white or clear rubbery stuff that lines the edges of bathtubs, sinks, and kitchen counters to seal joints or seams. You may call it “sealant” but it is actually a different substance.
If it’s looking a bit old, it probably needs a touch up to prevent water from seeping through cracks and causing mold while damaging the foundation materials beneath or behind the area, such as plywood and the wood framing of the home.
Thinking intelligently about your home’s interior design can make the world of difference when it comes to home maintenance and resale value. i.e., darker colors for carpets and walls means wear is less visible and ensures stains aren’t as prominent.
Tiles are easy to clean and allow you to use damp-preventing solutions on them. Considering these minor details early on can prevent you from having to re-decorate the entire property.
These are our favorite ten home maintenance checks to help you avoid long-term costs.