So many of the defects I find as a home inspector are related to lack of maintenance.
Below you'll find some simple tips to help your home last longer, look nicer, and function more efficiently!
1. Don't neglect painting or otherwise maintaining the exterior of the home - especially trim!
It's easy to focus on the interior of the home for paint, decor, etc, but don't forget the exterior too. Paint goes a long way towards preventing wood rot and other associated problems. Make the most of your curb appeal with this simple and affordable task!
2. Maintain your homes' systems as intended.
*Air filters at your HVAC system should be changed as often as recommended by the manufacturer, or more often if needed. This helps the system function more efficiently, and can also help with allergens in the air.
*Water heaters should be drained regularly. This will usually help extend the life of your water heater if you start off doing this from day one.(You can find step by step guidance for completing this task on this website.)
*Chimneys should be cleaned regularly to prevent possible creosote build up and potential chimney fires.
*Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors regularly per manufacturer's instructions. Replace batteries as directed, and remember to have smoke detectors in every sleeping area, hallway, and on every floor of the home at a minimum! Life saving advice!
3. Look for ways to make your home more energy efficient.
In addition to the items mentioned above:
Consider replacing burned out light bulbs with energy efficient LED bulbs.
Have your HVAC system professionally cleaned and serviced at least annually - this will help the system function more effectively and hopefully last longer too.
Check the temp on your hot water supply - you can complete this task with a stem thermometer or other means. If the water temp is too high (over 130*) it can lead to potential burns to vulnerable individuals, but dialing back the thermostat on your water heater can also help save energy. You can find instructions for completing this process on our website!
Adding insulation to your attic is almost always an effective means of improving energy efficiency. This is a service offered by many HVAC contractors, but is possible to DIY too.
Caulk and properly seal around doors and windows. This becomes even more important in the winter months to stop those cold drafts!
We have many more helpful tips on our blog from the past 6+ years of service! Keep reading and check back here again soon!