Avoid Usual Homeowners Mistakes
Owning a home can be a big undertaking, especially when unexpected issues pop up. Whether it’s a minor breakdown or a major catastrophe, it's almost certainly going to require time and money to fix.
However, those “unexpected” issues shouldn't really be a surprise at all, because they're often caused by a lack of routine maintenance by homeowners.
So, which mistakes are often being made by homeowners?
Forgetting or ignoring the small stuff.
The toilet that runs constantly? That faucet with a slow drip? The little crack in that one board on the deck? They might not seem like problems right now, but they can certainly turn into bigger issues over time. For example, a leaky faucet or running toilet might mean your water bill is higher than it should be. Whenever you notice those "small" things around the house, take steps to address them as soon as you can, because it likely will be a lot easier and cheaper today or tomorrow than a year from now.
Not doing regular checks around the house.
How often do you look around the house? You'd be surprised how many homeowners haven't been in their attic or crawlspace for years. Take some time check in around your home and property to look for issues such as leaks, areas of wear, or other problems. Don’t forget to check your roof, doors, windows, and so on. It's important to catch those things before the rainy season begins in fall and winter.
Skipping maintenance on your appliances.
Not only will keeping your appliances in good shape ensure they work effectively and prolong their lifespan, but regular maintenance also can prevent serious risks. For example, you should check the hoses connected to your washing machine and dishwasher to avoid leaks. Also, when was the last time you cleaned out your dryer exhaust vent? Too much lint buildup can cause a fire. It’s important to clean it out at least once a year.
Make sure that you:
- Clean your refrigerator coils at least once a year.
- Clear out your dishwasher's food filter regularly.
- Vacuum up dust and other debris in window air conditioners before you start using them each year.
- Test your smoke and carbon-monoxide detectors twice a year, installing fresh batteries each time.
Your HVAC system needs attention so that it won't fail when you need it most. Having your furnace, heat pump, and/or central AC unit serviced each year before you start using them heavily will alert you to any potential problems. You don't want to find out that it’s not working when it's 30 degrees outside, or that your AC is on the fritz when it's 95. Change filters at the appropriate intervals, and if it's been a while since you've had your ducts cleaned, consider that as well.
Thanks for reading!
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