I have a list of eight home maintenance projects you should keep up with every year.
Today I want to provide you with a few annual maintenance tips and checkups that you can do to make sure your property is performing optimally.
1. Pressure wash the entire exterior of the home. This includes the eaves, the walkways, and all other areas where debris is likely to gather and where plants and moss are likely to grow. All of these can reduce your curb appeal.
2. Clean the gutters. This isn’t just about making sure they’re empty; it’s about making sure that buildup isn’t weighing them down and causing them to sag—or worse, that water isn’t being pushed up under your shingles and rotting the wood.
3. Change your air filters. The filters in your furnace should be changed either every quarter or every six months, depending on the model you have.
4. Check your smoke detectors. Change out all the batteries yearly to make sure they’re in working order.
5. Check your crawl space/attic. Make sure that no pests have made a home there and that your insulation isn’t falling out.
6. Check your weather stripping. Replacing or fixing the stripping around your doors and windows is an inexpensive project that will boost your home’s energy efficiency.
7. Double-check your caulking. If water leaks into crevices, it can cause massive damage down the road.
8. Check your roof. Clear off any debris and make sure your shingles are angled correctly.
By going through this list at the beginning of the year, you can be sure that your home will continue to operate in peak condition. If you work with us, we’ll be sure to remind you to do them regularly. Some of our owners have us handle those items for them, since we have a range of vendors who specialize in those items.
If you have any questions for us, please be sure to let us know. We’d be glad to clear anything up you need.