For most people, the most expensive investment they will ever make is their home. However, like all investments care is needed to ensure that it offers exceptional returns. In the case of homes that return on investment is not merely calculated in terms of dollars and cents – but also in the joy of friends and family.
However, many homeowners only undertake maintenance when something goes wrong. This is not the ideal approach. It is far preferable to undertake proactive maintenance in order to save money – and protect that unique investment.
Here is a handy checklist to ensure that essential maintenance tasks are taken care of.
Each season has the perfect set of maintenance tasks that is not only appropriate for the months – but also help to prepare the home for the season to come.
Winter is the perfect time to undertake those maintenance tasks that will prevent weather-related damage to the home.
Clean out the guttering and ensure that the hose bib covers are in place, undamaged and have not iced up. Make sure that any water that has pooled on lawns is allowed to drain – ensure that all drains have not become clogged with debris.
The weather may force you to remain indoors – don’t waste that time. Clean out garages, attics and basements – make sure to check the roof for leaks when in the attic space.
Spring and Summer are the times to firstly repair any damage that has occurred during the winter months and then undertake those exterior projects such as painting and resealing/repairing decks.
The great weather means that those entertainment areas are going to be especially important. In the case of decks don’t hesitate to call in the professionals such as San Jose Decks & Patios to ensure that everything is in tip-top shape. It’s also a great time to add value to the home by upgrading exterior entertainment areas.
Take this time to check the roof for damaged shingles or tiling. Also, check the flashing and vents.
Trim back trees and bushes that may drop branches onto the roof or are a source of leaves and debris that can clog gutters.
Flush out the water heater and prepare for the cooler months by calling in a furnace servicing company to do annual maintenance. Clean out the chimney – or call in a professional service provider to assist.
With some forethought and a regular maintenance schedule, you can prevent most of the problems that may adversely affect the value of the home. As Benjamin Franklin once said “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.