• Amber Le

Home Maintenance = Self Care

If you’ve been living in your home for a while and feel guilty about putting off all your routine maintenance for your home. Because clogged gutters turn into water damage, chipped paint can lead to rotting wood and white small problems are fixes that could be super fixes later and could end up hurting your resale value. You want to keep an eye out for the little things and make sure they don’t turn into bigger problems then you can handle. Below are a few basic home maintenance tips that can make a huge difference and help motivate you to get it done sooner rather then later.

  1. Does Your Doorbell Work: A super simple thing to check is your doorbell when you move into your home. This smal detail makes such a difference if you are having guests over, waiting on a package or just the ‘welcome home’ easy fix that can make your house a home. If your doorbell isn’t working, feel free to even upgrade it to something new with a wireless or camera doorbell that allows you to see from your phone without having to actually answer the door yourself.

  2. Clean Out Exhaust Fans: Do you know that your fans in your home help to clean out smells and moisture, but if they can’t do their job efficiently, you can run the risk of growing mold in your home. Once a year, take the time to remove and clean your bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans. This will keep the hardware running smoothly, and the moisture out of your home.

  3. Look At Your Downspouts: Have you looked around the perimeter of your home to check for downspouts that have been detached from your home. If downspouts become detached or faulty water will not get directed away from the home and can lead to water intrusion or even foundation issues. This is a minor fix that can save you major cash down the road, as well as your foundation.

  4. Maintain Your Roof: I know many homeowners that don’t take care of their roof which can cause issues and prevent any leaks in the roof that lead to water damage. If you aren’t sure what to look for you ight want to look for professionals to help you. Peter’s Roofing repair is there to help you every step of the way. They are one of the msot trusted and reliable contractors for roof repair in the Clark area. They provide siding, chimney, shingle, skylight, gutter and chimney repair for more than 7 years. They are a local family and customer satisfaction is their major priority to making sure you are satisfied and happy with your repair.

  5. Check Your Siding: Your siding should be cleaned twice a year and will not only boost the curb appeal but also prolong the life of it. The perfect time to clean your siding is during the spring and then also again in the fall. Rent a power washer and take the afternoon to get the job done. Choose a pressure washer and a nozzle wisely because too much pressure can lead to damage or even crumble the exterior of your home.

  6. Remove Lint From Your Dryer: While you’ve heard probably from your parents to clean out the dryer vent ( and not just remove the lint from the filter but actually clean out that vent crevice ) really is essential. This not only keep it running efficiently but also can increase it’s longevity. It also will keep your dryer from sparking a fire.

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Home maintenance can seem like such a burden but start small when it comes to your home and go from there. Once you’ve accomplished one task, you’ll learn how to do the other big things as they come. If you are ever uncertain on a job, call a professional to show you the correct way on how to do it. Not only will it save you time and frustration but will also teach you the right way to get it done.