It is important to have scheduleed Home Maintenance tasks to maintain the condition of the your home, keep your family safe, and your mom always ready to show to friends, family, and when thinking on selling your home.
- Inspect and possibly replace HVAC filters regularly: Many will advise changing the filters on a monthly basis, but this is not always necessary most people do recommend changing them at least once every 6 months. If you have a small family and no pets, you should be fine changing the filters every 2-3 months. . You do not have to jump for the expensive ones – they all do their job.
- Clean kitchen sink: Clearly inspect the kitchen sink drainage for damage, clogged items and clean them properly. This will help prevent damage to your base cabinets and countertops from water residue. If you pipes are logged or smell – try using vinegar, baking soda solution and wash it down with hot water.
- Range Hood: You should regular look into the air filters of your range hood and make sure it is cleaned. If you cook a lot at home, grease and other residue can pile up there. Avoid the embarrassment when selling your home or having visitors come over to cook in your kitchen.
- Inspect your fire extinguisher(s). Make sure you know how to use one and your family members. When inspecting check the air pressure and make sure it is still full. Check the hose and look for signs of leakage. And most importantly look for expiration date.
- Test smoke/carbon dioxide detectors. Your detectors should have a test button. If the alarm goes off, you are good to go. If not, replace the batteries immediately and retest. If it still does not make a sound, it is possible that there is corrosion or other internal issues. Clean it up and try it again. I also regularly recommend new home buyers to replace all batteries upon moving into the new home – always take the safe approach.
- Run water and flush toilets in unused spaces: This primarily applies to guest bathrooms and any other sinks/water sources that are not used on a regular basis. The goal is to keep impurities and other types of buildup at bay. This can be avoided by running a small amount of water through it on a regular basis. While at it check for signs of water leak and other wear and tear issues
- Water heater pressure relief valve: This will protect against leaks by preventing mineral and corrosion buildup. It will also improve the efficiency of your heater. Many home owners have Water Heaters that are rented – consult your rental company for further guidelines and assistance.
- Give your house a deep clean: Take one weekend every six months with your entire family to deep clean the entire house. Cleaning the appliances, cleaning the windows, dusting every nook and so on. Keeping things clean and not allowing dirt to accumulate over time will help keep your home in good condition. Best way to do this is by assigning everyone a task and have the mall start at their rooms.
- Replace batteries in smoke/carbon dioxide detectors: Avoid waiting for the low battery beeping noise to replace your battery. Just imagine you are out on vacation for a week or two and the low battery alarm starts going off – and by the time you are back the battery is dead. When your safety a priority and always be on top of things. This helps protect your biggest investment (home) and the most important thing (family). It is recommended to change your batteries every six months.
- Refrigerator coils: Your fridge coils are dust suckers. Take the time to vacuum out all the dust and dirt within the coils. While you are pulling out the fridge take the time to clean anything else around the base of the fridge.
Home maintenance is important in maintaining the home value and keeping your family safe.
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