Everything wears down over time and with use. It is also the small details that form the beginning of the biggest problems.
Checking up on those problems to create a checklist of issues for repair and maintenance can help you stay on top of things before they become insurmountable problems.
You should do this as often as you can, but an annual big check through the home will work for most places. Here are some of the basics for where and what to check.
1. Basement and Attics
Both basements and attics are areas of the home that are often not used very often. They also can be the most exposed to the elements.
For the basement, check for cracks in the foundation and walls. These can let in moisture and cause some serious danger to your house in the long run. If they are severe, call a professional.
For attics, insulation can be key. A good chunk of an HVAC bill can come from poor insulation in the attic or roof.
If you have neither, these tricks can apply towards your floor, walls, and roof.
A bathroom is the biggest user of water in the house and leaked water can cause major damage. Checking the sink, bathtub, and toilet for cracks and drain issues can be key.
Look for worn and damaged caulking and grout. The shower will have the worst of it.
3. Appliances and Electronics
Appliances can be a huge drain on energy and that gets even worse if they aren’t running at their peak. Damaged tubes, worn motors, and faulty wiring can spell the death of a good appliance.
Finding the broken pieces can be hard by yourself, but the signs of damages can be obvious. Keep an eye on appliances as they run into problems.
For electronics, make sure to check up on outlets they plug in to. Do not overburden an outlet. If you need more plugs, look into a surge protector with extra plugs. This can pull double duty as protection for your valuables.
4. HVAC Systems
With the changing seasons comes the need for a variety of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning. Losing heat during the winter or AC during the summer can be brutal.
Check for leaks and corrosion on any of these pieces. As well, if the air reads a different temperature than what your thermostat is set to, there may be a problem with your unit.
A lot of this will require professional maintenance, but your checklist can help bring it to your attention.
That Professional Repair and Maintenance
As you go through your checklist, there may be many items on your list that may be well above simple DIY skills. That is fine, as there are professionals that can help you with the little stuff.
From contract workers for your bathroom to maintenance crew for HVAC maintenance, there are quality services worth using to keep your home at its peak.
Keeping Your Home Happy
With annual repair and maintenance on your side, your house will stay nice and happy for much longer. Even the smallest of details can help your house flourish.
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