Home Maintenance Schedule
The beginning of good home maintenance starts with the things you do on a daily basis. Things like cleaning, dusting and vacuuming might feel like the work involved in everyday chores, but actually it’s much more than that. When you keep your home clean, you keep things in good working order. Cleaning the bathroom sinks, bathtubs, and toilets on a regular basis help keep them from clogging up. It allows you to see if there is something broken or leaking that might need your attention. Small crack and leaks can turn into major repairs later if they are not taken care of right away. Faucets may leak simply because they were not turned off all of the way. The constant water dripping into the sink can cause hard water stains that are unsightly and might be hard to remove if it persists over a long period of time.
There are things that need to be done on a monthly basis, such as changing the air conditioning filters, cleaning the garbage disposal, thawing out the freezer, and cleaning the range hood filters on the stove. Every three months you should test the water softener to see if salt needs to be added to it. It is recommended that you test the garage door auto-reverse feature on your garage door at least quarterly. On an annual basis, you should replace the batteries in the smoke detectors and carbon dioxide detectors. Oftentimes, the local fire department will have an event where they offer free smoke alarms and carbon dioxide detectors for free, as their way of serving the community.
Having a consultation from a professional reputable contractor can save you a lot of headaches and a lot of money. Do not choose anyone who is not licensed and bonded and cannot guarantee their work. Many problems with new homes, such as problems with the roof, are caused by poor installation form the beginning. In your home maintenance, shortcuts could lead to longer painstaking problems in the future. Remember, if you get an estimate that sounds too good to be true from someone who promises to save you a lot of money, it probably is too good to be true. Whether you have a metal roof, shingle roof, foam roof, flat roof, or tile roof, it should last you at least twenty years, if properly installed. Some maintenance requirements are thing that must be done seasonal to prep your home for the shifts in the weather.