Buying a home is likely the biggest undertaking you will ever make, not just in terms of money but also in sweat and emotional equity. Unlike other investments, your house is more than just shelter – it’s your home. It’s that special place where you sleep at night, raise your children, celebrate holidays, and rest after a long day at work. With so much invested in your home, it makes sense to keep up with the maintenance of your home.
Sure, it’s tempting to put off fixing the roof so you can build that outdoor kitchen you’ve always dreamed of for so long. But every homeowner’s first priority should be keeping the existing structure sound. Regular home inspection and repairs will help maintain the condition of your home and prevent costly repairs down the road. Here are three places you can check to prevent major repairs:
- Check that Roof – Inspect your roof twice a year to prevent leaks. If you already have a leak, keep in mind it can be difficult to isolate where the leak is coming from because water can enter the roof in one area and run down another before it starts soaking into the ceiling. A leak in your roof can lead to numerous problems: such as pest infestations, rotting, electrical shorts, mold, and much more.
- Clean those Gutters –If you think a clogged gutter is nothing more than a nuisance, think again. Gutters are meant to capture the water that hits your roof when it rains, so if it is full of debris, it is unable to do its job. And that could lead to pricey repairs. For one, clogged gutters can lead to water pooling, which is an indication that the soil beneath the water is saturated, putting pressure on your foundation walls. Repeated exposure to pooled water can lead to cracks in the foundation. Furthermore, clogged gutters can ruin your landscaping and attract moisture thriving insects.
- Maintain that HVAC System – It is critical that an inspection of your Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system be done once a year by a professional. In addition, you should change your air filters every 1-3 months, depending on the type of filter used. Besides the obvious benefit of having your house at a comfortable temperature, regular maintenance of your HVAC system will prevent your equipment from breaking down prematurely.
Remember: the time and money you spend on home improvements today represents an investment in your future comfort and the value of your home. Taking care of the little issues in the present will prevent having to contend with major repairs later.
If you’re in need of professional assistance with your home improvement projects, be sure to contact Direct Energy Home Services. Whether you require help with your HVAC system, plumbing, or electrical wiring, we will put you in contact with the helpful, trained technicians that are right for you.
Cleaning Gutters image courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services – Northeast Region.