Most people think first of the financial responsibility when buying a home. However, you must think about the time and labor that a home requires. Just like regular oil changes to keep your car engine working in optimum condition, keeping up with regular home maintenance tasks will keep you from experiencing future issues, larger repairs and expensive bills.
It can be intimidating to think about everything that needs to be done, especially if you are a new homeowner. No doubt it is a long list, the good news is that you can do almost all the items and they don’t require a lot of experience.
Here are a few of the tasks that will help you get started and will keep your home looking in the best possible condition while you protect your investment.
Check your A/C and HVAC units and all lighting around the house to keep your summer electric bills low and ensure that there are no potential fire hazards with faulty wiring.
Check the sealants. Ensure that both inside and out are secured, and caulk any open areas in between. Use a small toothbrush when cleaning to get to hard-to-reach areas.
Look over your deck for signs of rotting or loose boards and re-stain it if needed. Check and clean your grill.
Add a layer of mulch to keep weeds down and help the ground retain its moisture in the heat. It’ll give your plants a chance to grow.
Cleaning gutters regularly will help prevent clogging and unnecessary leaks. It is recommended that gutters are cleaned twice a year: once at late fall/early winter, and once at late spring/early summer.
Vacuum refrigerator coils and clean hood fans and lights. Create freezer space and avoid overcrowding.
Test and lubricate garage doors. This is also a good time to clean out all that clutter that seems to accumulate in garages.
Refill cracks on cement walkway or driveway. Concrete is strong, but it can easily damaged by standing water and freezing water that seeps in through the cracks.
In order to maximize your time, I recommend you to create a home maintenance calendar. Regular tasks for each weekend are an excellent way to achieve a well-maintained house! Have a happy and productive Summer!