Most of us have been there – all of a sudden, we get slammed with a hefty bill to fix something in our home which could have been prevented with a little maintenance. Trust us – you’ll want to do these easy maintenance ideas every so often to prevent the big bills and skip those heavy expensive home restoration projects.
Check Your Roof
You may think one or two loose shingles on your roof aren’t a big deal – but they really can be. Ignoring a loose shingle can lead more loose shingles and even worse, you could develop water leaks which can cause structural damage to your walls and insulation. Hiring a roofer to fix a few shingles (or it can be a DIY project if you know what you’re doing) is a heck of a lot cheaper than having to fix water damage in your walls or attic, or having to replace an entire roof.
Check Your Pipes And Drainage
Pipes, both inside and outside your home, need to be kept clear. Keep bathroom and kitchen sinks running smoothly all year round by flushing them at least a few times a year.
Go outside at least once every spring and fall to make sure your gutters are clear and the water spouts are draining properly.
Inspect the Outside of Your Home
Once a year, usually in the springtime, it’s a good idea to see what damage the harsh winter has done to your home. Check those shingles, as we mentioned above, rehang fence posts, refinish your deck, and repaint any exterior doors and other areas that have chipped.
Get out your caulking gun and fill in any small cracks you see in the foundation or around your doors and windows. This will prove very important in preventing further damage and will help prevent water damage as well as keep your heating bills down.
Check Your Windows
Windows are often neglected except for the odd cleaning but are so important to keep an eye on. Window wells can get clogged and prevent the window from opening or closing. And windows themselves can deteriorate and start letting in cold air or shatter. Inspect for any loose panes and fill any tiny cracks immediately.
Test Your Alarms
Smoke and CO2 detectors are only useful if they work. Test them a minimum of twice a year, switch out the batteries often and replace them as directed by the manufacturer.
Testing them and replacing the batteries takes only a few minutes, but it can save your home and family from devastating damage and an unnecessary restoration of all or part of your home.
Clean Your Chimney
If you have a fireplace, make sure to keep it clean, and get your chimney flue inspected once a year or so. And don’t forget to check the outside for signs of crumbling and cracking.
Unless you plan to take on a hefty home restoration project because you want to, keeping up with some minor repairs can keep your home from needing any major maintenance. Be sure to bookmark our blog so you can check back often for lots of useful DIY projects, information on how to create a custom model home of your own, and a lot of home restoration tips. And don’t forget to pick up your handy Hercules Dolly panel carrier for all your projects.