15 Home Maintenance Musts
There are some home maintenance tasks that need to be done on a regular basis. Everyone knows about things like cleaning out dryer vents, changing HVAC filters and testing smoke alarm batteries. The CHRIS WYLIE TEAM would like to show you some items that, if left undone, can adversely affect you if you want to sell your home.
- Check your roof tiles or singles and the area around vents, chimney and skylights. Look for places where there may be leaks and repair them right away.
- Ensure proper ventilation in the attic. If you don’t have a ridge vent, leave your gable vent open year round.
- Clear gutters and/or drain pipes. If clogged, these can cause water to drain places it isn’t supposed to.
- If you have a fireplace, empty all ashes and have it cleaned professionally. If your Fireplace is brick, check for lose mortar and ensure the damper closes tightly.
- Fans and filters should be checked regularly. Check bathroom and laundry room fans for dust and dirt and replace HVAC filters. Clean out the microwave, fridge and stove hood filters and the microwave filter as well.
- Check kitchens and bathrooms for leaky faucets and replace any necessary washers.
- Check windows and doors for drafts. Add weather stripping or caulking where needed.
- Check outlet covers for drafts and add insulation where needed.
- Check for cracks in the siding or paint.
- Check for moisture in the basement. A dehumidifier can help keep that area dry and mold-free.
- It is a good idea to drain your hot water heater at least once a year. Remove any sediment that has collected at the bottom of the tank.
- Clean interior grout and repair areas that have worn out.
- Replace missing/damaged caulking around tubs, showers and sinks. Never caulk over old caulk. Always scrape or peel with a blade and clean well before re-caulking.
- Check cords for fraying and replace as needed.
- Trip all circuit box breakers and Ground Fault Interrupters regularly.
Remember, these simple steps can translate to thousands in sales dollars. Deferred maintenance is a red flag to a buyer so be sure you’re putting your best foot forward.