Home ownership can be costly, especially if you aren’t on top of things. Being aware of your home’s condition and taking necessary steps are essential to avoiding costly home repairs down the road. With all that said, here are a few chores you may want to add to your list to ensure that your home stays in the best shape.
Inspect Your Foundation
It may seem obvious, but the foundation of your home is a big target for structural damage and the costs of repair can be a heavy burden. Water is the main culprit here because it puts a large amount of pressure on the home’s wall and foundational structure. Check the base of your home after major rainstorms to make sure there aren’t any large amounts of water soaking at your home’s base. A simple stroll around the house will save you thousands.
Survey the Siding
Since we mentioned water damage, another place that is susceptible to this threat is the siding of your home. Homes made of wood, aluminum or vinyl are key targets, allowing water to enter which can lead to rot or interior damage. Spot repairs are much cheaper than an entire replacement and can even be done on your own. Take a look at your siding immediately after you inspect the foundation, and you can tackle two chores in one.
Check the Roof & Gutters
The roof protects us from the elements as well as taking the brunt of nature. Keeping your roof in top shape is essential for the protection of your home, and your wallet. Look for broken or missing shingles on both the top and edges of the roof to avoid water leakage. Bad roof maintenance will not only lead to expensive roof repairs, but expensive interior repairs as well.
As for the gutters, make sure they are clear to ease water flow. A backup from a clog can cause water to seep in under the roof and into the sides of the home, which will cost you a lot more than the time it takes to remove a few leaves.
Look for Leaks
Leaks come from many places including doors and windows. Over time, exposure to sunlight and water can cause the caulk around your home’s windows and doors to deteriorate, allowing water to seep in through the cracks. Check your caulk to make sure that the seal is still strong, and take action if it is not.
Maintain the A/C
As much as we may not like to admit it, we rely on air conditioning. If the A/C unit for a house breaks, it is an unavoidable truth that we will need to have it repaired, even though it’s not essential. It’s better to keep track of how your A/C is doing before it breaks, up keeping its maintenance to avoid future problems and costs. Remember to change your air filter monthly, which will not only prevent the unit from damaging itself, but also decrease your utility bill in the process.
It’s better to catch an issue before it becomes a problem, particularly when it comes to owning a home. Survey your house often for issues, and if you need any help, you can always schedule Fred, the first name in home repairs.