Our Top Tips For Home Maintenance – Keep Your Home In Great Shape!
Whether you’ve just purchased a home after having it inspected, or you’re selling your home in the near-future, and want to make sure that it stays in good condition, you’re in the right place. In this article, Bee Sure Home Inspection Services will discuss the best tips and best practices you can follow to keep your home in tip-top shape. Let’s get started.
1. Have A “House Emergency” Fund
This is a very helpful tip both for new homeowners and seasoned homeowners. Maintenance and repairs are inevitable. And when it is time to invest in your home by repairing or replacing a major system, you’ll need the cash to pay for it.
As a rule, you’ll want to set aside 1-3% of the value of your mortgage in this fund. That means $1,500-$4,500 for a $150,000 home. This may seem unrealistic, but if you can manage to stash just $25 away per week for a year, you’ll already have $1,300 saved up by the end of your first year of home ownership.
2. Don’t Neglect “The Big Four”
The “big four” systems in your home are typically the most expensive to repair and replace – meaning that they should be prioritized with regular maintenance and inspections. These systems consist of:
The roof – Your roof should be inspected about every 3 years, or if you think there may be a leak or other issue.
HVAC systems – All HVAC systems should be checked yearly.
Plumbing – Plumbing should be checked every 2 years.
Electrical systems – Electrical systems should be inspected every 3-5 years.
3. Keep It Clean
A clean home is a happy home. Make sure to clean every area, both interior and exterior, of your home regularly. Not only will consistent cleanings keep your home in better condition, but it’s easier to spot potential problems – like leaks and other such issues – if you’re regularly cleaning and checking out every corner of your home.
4. Check Those Gutters
Proper drainage is critical for the structural integrity of your home. If your gutters are clogged or damaged, water can drain into your foundation, potentially freezing and cracking the foundation, or causing flooding. Check your gutters at least twice per year, preferably in the fall and the spring.
5. Change Your Air Filters
Your HVAC air filter is responsible for catching dander, dust, allergens, pollen and more. If it’s clogged or dirty, your HVAC systems may be less effective, and could wear out more quickly. Change your air filter every 3 months for maximum performance, and to keep the air in your home safe and clean.
Follow These Tips – Keep Your Home In Great Shape!
These simple preventive maintenance tips can save you thousands of dollars, and ensure that your home is safe for your family, and will remain in great shape for years to come. To learn more about home maintenance, or to schedule a home inspection, feel free to contact us online today!
Bee Sure Home Inspection Services, LLC provides residential home inspections, Radon, Water & Mold Testing to Chicagoland/North Suburbs including Grayslake, Gurnee, Lake Villa, Lindenhurst, Hawthorn Woods, Mundelein, and Round Lake Beach, Illinois. Our service areas cover Lake County, McHenry County, and Northern Cook County, Illinois.