Being a homeowner is a lot of work. There’s always something to fix or upgrade, and the necessary repairs can break the bank. However, by practicing preventative maintenance, you can prevent some of the biggest budget-busting repairs and fix minor issues before they become major problems.
Here are six must-do annual home maintenance tasks to protect your biggest investment.
HVAC Inspection and Maintenance
HVAC systems are at the core of your home. They are complex and nuanced and impact everything from how your house stays warm to the quality of the air you breathe (click here for more info).
While there are many home maintenance tasks that an avid DIYer can handle, HVAC systems are best left to the experts. Schedule an annual inspection of your HVAC system to have the lines checked, connections cleaned and tightened, and to ensure there are no safety issues putting your home at risk.
Roof Inspection and Maintenance
Another essential annual maintenance task is roof inspection and repairs. Again, it’s worth having an expert handle this task, as climbing up onto the roof can be risky.
Consider scheduling this checkup for the spring, after the snow is gone and the weather starts to warm up. Some common things to look for are missing shingles, signs of leaks, damaged flashing, and gutter issues. It’s also worth pairing this task with a thorough gutter cleaning to remove debris and ensure water is effectively moving away from your home.
Plumbing Inspection and Maintenance
Plumbing can be one of the most costly issues in the home. A little preventative maintenance can go a long way when dealing with this issue. Again, it’s best to schedule this annual inspection during the spring.
Take a look at all of the faucets in your home to determine if anything is leaking. Then, look at the pipes under the counters to check for leaks and tighten them, if necessary. It’s also worth inspecting your toilet to ensure the flapper is still working so that it isn’t running longer than it should be. If you find any serious issues, call a plumber.
Decking Inspection and Maintenance
Decks can be costly to replace. To put off a full replacement for as long as possible, add a decking inspection and maintenance routine to your annual checklist. This is a great early summer activity, especially if you have a pool.
Check for rotting boards that need replacing, as well as loose nails. Sweep your deck to remove debris. Then, give your deck a thorough cleaning with a hose and brush or pressure washer. You may also need to update the stain every couple of years.
Chimney Inspection and Cleaning
Every fall, you should have someone come to inspect and clean your chimney. Not only will this prevent chimney fires, but it helps keep your family safe from harmful toxins. If your chimney is too full of debris, the smoke will push back into your house.
If you have a wood fireplace, you can also use this opportunity to clean out the ashes from previous uses. Additionally, ensure the area surrounding the stove is clean and tidy before you light your first fire of the season.
Deep Cleaning Your Home
Finally, schedule an annual deep cleaning of your home. This will help remove any allergens or toxins in the areas that are often out of sight and out of mind. Some deep cleaning efforts to add to your list include:
- Washing the walls
- Laundering the curtains
- Scrubbing the baseboards
- Cleaning the appliances
- Dusting fans and light fixtures
- Steam cleaning carpets and furniture
- Scrubbing grout
As deep cleaning can be overwhelming, break it into separate rooms or tasks and spread the efforts out over a season.
Use these six annual house maintenance tasks to keep your home safe, healthy, and happy.