Be a Better Homeowner: How to Maintain Your First Home

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Your home is one of, if not your most, valuable investments. It only makes sense to put a lot of time and energy into its maintenance. However, it can be tiresome to keep a house well-maintained all year round. So, why not break your tasks down by creating a maintenance checklist.

Not sure what to do? Here are some of the things that should be included in that list.

Exterior Inspection

Check the house‘s exterior walls for any issues or damages, including worn-out paint and loose sidings. You should also inspect the foundation for cracks. If you find one, have a professional take a look at it. Ignoring the issue could lead to bigger problems in the long run. For one, it can cause water to seep into your basement and lead to costly repairs.

Basement Maintenance

When it comes to home maintenance, many homeowners tend to forget their basements. This shouldn’t be the case, especially if you use the space for storage. Consider giving your basement a thorough inspection at least once a year to avoid issues, such as mold and mildew buildup. You may also want to declutter it by getting rid of the things that you don’t use or need.

Garage Cleanup

The garage is another area of the house that’s often overlooked. If you’re using it to store all your clutter, you might want to check it for items that you can throw away to clear up some space. Start by disposing of all hazardous components, including motor oils and pesticides. You might also work with an expert in garage floor coatings using epoxy to keep the flooring shiny and easy to clean.

Roofing Inspection

Preventive maintenance checks will help ensure that your roof is still in top condition. It’s also recommended to do an inspection after the winter season or heavy rainfall. Some of the things to look for include loose or missing shingles. While you’re at it, check the vents and chimneys for any damage.

Gutter Cleaning

Gutter cleaning

Regular cleaning will keep the gutter free of leaves, small branches, and other debris that tend to pile up over time. You should also check the downspouts and make sure that water is flowing away from your house to prevent moisture from causing damage to the siding.

Plumbing Maintenance

Is your bathroom or kitchen floor constantly wet? Consider checking the pipes, including the ones under the sinks, for any signs of leaks. If you find any, you might choose to repair any damage yourself, but it’s best to call a professional to deal with the issue.

You may also want to give your bathtub a once over as it can be a source of infections if not maintained well. Be sure to clean it weekly to remove soap scum and oil residue. To preserve its surface quality, use a non-abrasive cleaner.

Home cleaning and maintenance are part of your responsibilities as a homeowner. To maximize your efficiency and get all these tasks done, consider creating a home maintenance calendar. Whether online or online, start jotting down small, regular tasks that you can do each weekend so you won’t be overwhelmed. Do what works for your schedule. The important thing is that you get all your tasks done.

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