Maintenance that makes $ense

If you’re worried about falling home prices, here’s some good news: Ongoing maintenance can help protect your investment, ward off even more expensive repairs and make your home more comfortable for you and your family.

A home is a valuable asset that, for many people, is the biggest investment they will ever make. That’s why it’s important to keep up with repairs and maintenance, especially if you’re concerned about declining home values in your area.

Maintenance may seem mundane, particularly when compared with large-scale renovations, but it’s well worth the time and money. Routine maintenance protects the value of your home just as regular servicing prolongs the useful life of your car and regular checkups maintain your physical health.

What’s more, maintenance can save you money since small problems that are neglected can easily turn into bigger problems that will be much more costly to fix later.

Here’s a list of some basic maintenance tasks that can help you keep your home in tip-top shape:

Replace broken roof shingles to prevent water damage and extend the life of your roof, which is probably one of the most expensive components of your home.

Check your heating and cooling system at least annually. Replace disposable filters every few months or as recommended by the service technician.

Hire a professional chimney sweep to inspect and clean your fireplace . Keep the damper closed when the fireplace is not in use.

Scrub concrete decks, walls and walkways annually with a bucket of warm water and washing soda, and a stiff brush or push broom.

Clean exterior doors, window frames and screens after the rainy season ends. Patch torn screens to prolong their life and prevent any intrusion of insects.

Clear your rain gutters of debris and repair any breaks once or twice a year. Force a stream of water upwards to clear a blocked downspout.

Empty your hot water heater annually or as recommended by the manufacturer. (Some newer models can be drained from the bottom to save water.) This simple chore can help your water heater last many years longer.

Paint the exterior and interior of your home every few years or as needed. A fresh coat of paint can improve the look of your home, brighten dark rooms and help to prevent damage and deterioration.


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