When you own a house looking after its maintenance is mandatory. Many homeowners make the mistake of not paying attention to signs that tell the health of their condition and end up having to face costly repairs. To keep the maintenance costs down you have to care for the preventive maintenance.
Here are some common mistakes to learn from:
Failing to Look for Red Flags
You need to pay attention to signs that tell you something wrong is going to occur. Be proactive!
Everything from a leaking pipe to a broken door or a door missing its nails is a sign. You must take a look at your house every few months to make sure everything works perfectly. Also, keep expires in mind so that you can change what needs to be changed before it begins to trouble you.
Failing to Clean Gutters
The gutters outside your house are designed to keep the water away from the foundation and your property. This is very important!
During fall, leaves and debris from other sources can clog the gutters which can affect the water flow. Clogged gutters can lead to many complications like roof damage, leaks and mold. This should be at the top of your on-going maintenance list.
Failing to Clear the Dirt and Debris
Dust and debris accumulate throughout the entire home. Many homeowners take cleaning seriously and take time to dust, sweep and vacuum their homes but unfortunately forget ducts, air vents and filters. Dust in your HVAC systems can affect their efficiency and cause them to work harder, keeping the filters and vents clean extends the lifetime of your HVAC system.
You should also read manuals to make sure you clean properly, and exactly how you are supposed to. Most of these tasks can be done without having to hire a professional.
Not Prepping Your Home for Storms
Damage to home mostly occurs when homeowners are not prepared in advance for bad weather. For instance, prepare your house for the rainy weather by cleaning your gutters. We’ve already talked about clogged gutters, but anything that might become unsecure can become a larger problem if a storm comes through..
Secure the objects that can fly around and keep a shovel or something else to put down on slippery walkways. Cutting any tree branches hanging over your house or porch is also a good idea to prevent damages. So before any pipes burst, know where your main water shutoff valves are located.
Hiring Cheap Help
It may seem tempting and easy on pocket to hire a neighbor who claims to be a handyman to make fixtures around your home. But actually you are putting your home and yourself at risk. Hire a licensed and skilled professional who offers affordable waterproofing might also save you money in the long run.
If you avoid these mistakes you’ll be able to improve the life of your house and trust me, it’s worth it.