Home Maintenance Can Help Save Money
Cobalt Plan 2A | Las Vegas | Pardee Homes
Ben Franklin’s wise adage that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is still true, especially when it comes to taking care of your home. A regular schedule of preventive home maintenance can prevent pesky (and potentially expensive!) problems down the road, plus help keep your house in tip-top condition.
Check out the list below and consider adding these tasks to your regular schedule.
Monthly Maintenance To Dos:
- Inspect and/or change out HVAC filters. Check your filters every month. If the filter is dirty, change it out; otherwise, inspect it again next month.
- Test smoke/carbon dioxide detectors. Just push the “test” button on your alarm. If it doesn’t sound, replace batteries and test it again. If there is still no sound, there may be corrosion on the battery terminal, so it is not detecting new batteries. Clean it and try again. If it still doesn’t work, you’ll likely need a new detector. At any rate, it’s a good idea to replace batteries every six months or so. Be sure smoke detectors are on every floor of your home.
- Examine your fire extinguisher(s). Make sure you can access it easily; it should not be blocked or hidden in the back of a cabinet. Check that it’s fully charged, and be sure you have an adequate number located in the kitchen, garage and/or basement.
- Check water softener. Add salt if needed.
- Take a look at tub and sink drains. If debris is present, unclog. Flush with hot water and baking soda, or call a professional if needed.
- Check all faucets for dripping water. Change out washers if needed, or contact a plumber for non-DIY issues.
- Run water in all sinks, toilets, baths and showers. This helps find any problems in a timely manner, especially in areas (like guest baths) that are not used frequently.
- Clean faucet aerators and showerheads. Remove mineral deposits.
- Check all visible pipes for leaks. Don’t forget under sinks and behind appliances.
- Inspect roofing. Look for missing, loose or damaged shingles and leaks.
- Check for squeaky doors. Oil them as needed.
- Test all window and door locks. Make sure they’re all working properly.
- Examine your foundation. Looks for cracks or any other damage.
Spending just a little time each month on home maintenance can pay off big in the long run. Your home will likely run more smoothly, and you may be able to head off costly repairs.
Looking for a dream home to maintain? One of our New Home Specialists would be happy to help.