As a home inspection company, we see homes ranging from less than a year old to 150 years old. Each home is unique and in different shape than the next.
Regular maintenance can prevent many long term issues that commonly show up in a home inspection.
It’s easy to wonder why people don’t simply take care of their home as it is needed to prevent many issues. According to Choice Home Warranty, “On average, homeowners will spend between 1 to 4 percent of a home’s value annually on maintenance and repairs, which tend to increase as the house ages. U.S. News and World Report Note: for a $200,000 home, that’s at least $2,000 in repairs annually.”
That adds up to a lot of money annually. This article is going to break down some simple yet crucial repairs that can prevent major problems in the long run.
Top 4 home maintenance tips:
This potential issue should be checked annually. You may wonder, what am I looking for? It is crucial to make sure the caulking completely seals around the whole window or door.
Over time, caulking will shrink and create gaps that allow moisture and rain to seep in. A slight hole can start small at first and become a major issue without you even noticing.
When moisture gets in the window, it can cause wood rot within the trim, siding, or window sill. It will need to be replaced.
Making sure the caulking is correctly sealed will keep you from having to replace expensive siding.
Did you know that if you have wood siding, it should be painted every 3-7 years?
Many home owners will go 10-15 years without doing this and end up with a very hefty bill. Why is painting a necessity? Exterior paint acts as a sealant.
Overtime, the paint will crack and peel off. When it does this, there is not an adequate barrier between the weather and the siding. It will eventually cause wood rot and deterioration if not maintained properly.
If this part of your home is not maintained, it can lead to many thousands of dollars more in the long run.
Having gutters on your home serve a great purpose.
Gutters prevent water from falling down close to the structure of your home repeatedly. If you already have gutters, cleaning them regularly is just as important.
Clogged gutters will not allow them to do the job they are made to do. According to Five Coat Roofing, “Many experts recommend cleaning your gutters at least twice a year– once in the late spring and once in the late summer/early fall.”
If gutters are not taken care of, it can lead to structural damage, leaking/damaged roof, or yard damage. The last thing you want is structural issues when selling your home. Structural issues can cause your homes value to really decrease if not taken care of.
We’ve all heard it before – make sure you change the filters within your home regularly. It is such a small task, but can slip the mind so easily!
Filters don’t just keep your A/C unit from working over time, they trap particles and contaminates that can harm you and your families health.
If you don’t change the filters in your home it can cause:
- Increase in utility bills
- Longer time to heat/cool your home
- Air quality to get worse
This small maintenance can allow you to dodge a big headache in the future with a new A/C system.
Home maintenance is key.
Home maintenance can be small, but it is crucial to keeping a homes value for a long period of time.
Most of these things only need to be checked once every year. Making it a part of your fall preparation or spring cleaning will allow you to keep your homes value up for the duration of your time there.