Spring is around the corner. Daffodils, tulips will be blooming
soon. For those who’ve been stuck inside to stay warm, will
find it’s time to rediscover the great outdoors. Since it can’t
be all fun, it’s time to think about home maintenance that will
help you avoid big repair bills later. Here are some things you
can do to get or keep your home in good shape.
Inspect your roof – Your roof is your home’s first line
of defense against water damage. If you delay
repairing spots on your roof that need fixing, you
could find yourself facing water damage inside your
home the next time a storm hits.
Clean your gutters – Gutters direct rain away from
your roof and home, protecting both in the process.
Clogged gutters open your home to water damage.
Clean or replace HVAC filters – You need to do this
more than once a year. A dirty filter forces your
heat, ventilation and air-conditioning system to work
harder, which in turn drains your wallet.
Clean your dryer vent – Not all lint gets caught in the
lint trap; some makes its way into the dryer vent. A
clean vent will save you money by reducing the time
your dryer has to run. A plugged vent wastes money
but, also, could cause a house fire.
Check the washing machine fill hose – You want to
look for cracks that could become leaks. A leaky hose
under pressure can cause major damage in a short
period of time.
Clean and repair your screens – Trying to reduce your
electric bills this summer? Gently scrub your screens
on a flat surface with soapy water. Also, patch small
holes as needed.
Clean decks, driveways, fences and other outside
surfaces – A pressure washer makes this job easier.
While you’re cleaning, inspect for damage.
Fix cracks in your walks, driveway and the outside of
your home. Fortunately, most of these repairs are
fairly easy if taken care of early.
Repair any cracked or peeling paint. – A good paint
job makes your home look nice, while providing a
protective barrier from the elements. Touch-up
painting is easy to do and inexpensive.
Vacuum your refrigerator coils – The coils you’ll find
on the bottom or back of your fridge conduct the
hot air from inside the unit. If they’re coated with
dust, they do the job less efficiently and cause your
refrigerator to work harder; that means a higher electric
bill for you. Use a vacuum cleaner hose or a
brush on the coils.
Test the batteries in your smoke detectors – During
the month of October, you should have changed out
the batteries. However, if you didn’t, it would be
wise to do it now. Sometimes it’s a matter of life or
death, so take the time to change the batteries now.
Prepare your lawn mower for summer – Change the
engine oil and sharpen the cutting blade; you’ll
lengthen the life of the mower and improve the look
of your lawn.
Check seals around windows and doors – Winter
weather can crack and harden caulk and other
weather seals. Inspect them and repair or replace as
needed. You’ll reduce your air-conditioning bill and
prevent water from entering your home and causing
Clear vegetation around your AC compressor – To
work efficiently, the compressor needs good airflow.
To ensure it has breathing room, prune any plant
growth that could block it.
Drain your water heater – Sediment builds up in your
water heater tank. Use the spigot near the bottom of
the heater to drain it. By doing so, you’ll prolong its
life and reduce your electric bill.