I know that the task of maintaining your home and all of the little projects that come with that can be overwhelming at times. We often think to ourselves – “When will I ever have time for that?” Well the major items (also the items most expensive to replace) can be maintained relatively easily and won’t take up too much of your time, but maybe you just don’t where to start.
Most home maintenance can be done annually, and you should concentrate on the following 5 areas/items:
*Roof Maintenance (including gutters and downspouts)
*Sealing Exterior Cracks
*A Furnace & Air Conditioning Inspection
*A Drainage System Inspection
I can tell you from experience that these are the items that home inspectors spend the most time on, and the damage caused by long term neglect can be extremely costly. You can mark these items on your calendar and make sure they get attended to every year. Another key ingredient of good home maintenance is to repair any critical issues as soon as you notice them in order to keep further damage from occurring.
Lastly, you should have a list of good contractors in your area to go to for some of your routine maintenance as well as when you have a repair issue arise. If you have recently moved to a new area, ask your Realtor and neighbors for their recommendations. Once you have your contact list, setting up most of your maintenance will just take you the time to place a few phone calls.
Spending a little money every year to make sure your home stays in tip top shape is less costly than the repairs you would have to do if you neglected it, and it’s a good way to keep your investment looking its best inside and out.