Whether you’re the newest member of the neighborhood or one of the oldest, there is no doubt that maintaining your home properly can make it look better inside and out. A well maintained home also has improved market value, and even if you don’t plan on moving anytime soon, the thought of a home in perfect shape just feels good! Here are some tips to keep you on track.
#1 Take Care Of Your Heating & Cooling
Annual furnace maintenance needs to be written into your calendar with permanent marker! The upkeep of your furnace, along with other elements of your heating and cooling system, should definitely not be overlooked. Not only does it need a regular check to ensure it is in safe and healthy operation, annual maintenance will also keep your HVAC running smoothly for years to come.
#2 Keep An Eye On That Roof
If you live in an area with heavy snow load, you need to be scraping the snow off your roof just as you shovel it out of your driveway. That’s because a heavy snow can put hundreds or even thousands of pounds onto your roof, but the real problems begin when the snow begins melting and then refreezing, turning into rock solid ice. Come melting time, water can end up getting into your roof and walls.
When you notice an issue with your roof or any shingles, be sure to have them looked at by a professional ASAP before it turns into a much bigger problem.
#3 Clean Out Your Gutters
In addition to scraping off the snow, you should also be upkeeping your roof and ensuring the leaves, moss, and other debris don’t build up on your roof or in your gutters. These things can shorten the lifespan of your roof/gutter system and make the house look poorly cared for.
If you can’t get up there yourself, consider having a professional come out. Clogged gutters will get backed up quickly and lead to water leaks and other problems that can damage your house.
#4 Upkeep The Yard
This may seem like a never-ending battle, especially during spring time, but a well-kempt yard will certainly look its best! Don’t just mow the grass, trim the edges and do some landscaping. In fact, front yard and back yard landscaping can add massive value to your home. Maintenance will also prevent the buildup of pests and critters that you don’t want getting inside.
#5 Watch For Paint Chips
Whether wind, rain, hail, shine, or a mix of all the elements, your house’s siding certainly takes a beating. While some old paint inside the home probably won’t do any functional harm, if the paint or siding on the outside becomes damaged, it can lead to serious moisture issues and even promote structural damage caused by water or pest problems. Be sure your siding is kept in good shape.
Repair the siding as needed and have a professional come look at it whenever you’re in doubt about damage. Don’t just ignore it and let it become something bigger.