If I could get down to just the core essentials of home maintenance, I would like you as a homeowner, to follow all of them on a regular basis. Proper home maintenance, not only saves you money, but helps the environment. The waste produced from your neglected house, is filling up the landfills and this could be prevented, by following as many of these home maintenance tips as possible.

Let’s Get Started:

1. Here’s something that’s simple and easy to do, but most homeowners seem to avoid. Fix anything that is damaged or broken.

2. Turn your air conditioner and heating system on, and make sure that it is working properly. This would require listening for any strange noises and to check the return air filter to see if it’s dirty, clean or replace the air filters on a monthly or bimonthly basis, depending on usage.

3. If your home has an attic or crawlspace, grab a flashlight, poke your head inside the access hole and give these areas a quick visual inspection. This should be done every six months or at the minimum, annually.

4. Check your washers and dryers for any corrosion around the water pipes, water leaks or loose dryer vents. Make sure the dryer vents are clear and not blocked with lint. To check this, simply turned the dryer on, placing your hand over the dryer vent which will be located on the outside of your house to make sure that air is coming out. If there isn’t any air coming out, you will need to clean out the dryer duct venting pipes.

4. Make sure your lawn sprinklers are working properly. Simply turn the sprinkler system on and make sure that every sprinkler is watering in the right direction and working properly. If your sprinklers are spraying excess water onto your home, driveway or sidewalk, you should consider changing the sprinkler heads or lowering the water pressure on each individual sprinkler.

5. Clean and inspect your kitchen appliances. This should be done on a monthly basis. Keeping kitchen appliances clean and properly maintained, isn’t only good home maintenance, its good hygiene.

6. Make sure all electrical outlets and switches are operating properly on an annual basis. Look for any discoloring around the electrical switches or outlets. This could be the sign of electrical damage and should be repaired as soon as possible, to prevent further damage to your home.

7. Inspect the exterior of your home. You will be looking for any water, termite or mold damage. If your home exterior is siding, check for water damage. If the exterior of your home is stucco or brick, check for damaged areas.

8. Your roof should be checked, on an annual basis at the minimum. You will be looking for any loose, damaged or broken shingles, to prevent roof leaks from damaging your home’s interior.

9. Make sure that your doors and windows open and close easily and with little effort. Sometimes a little bit of graphite or grease can prolong the life of your windows and doors.

10. Inspect your home, with a good home inspection checklist on an annual basis at a minimum.

Inspecting your home, can save you money and the environment, so quit avoiding, something that is so important to your family.

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