Where home maintenance is concerned we just have to face it: the costs simply drive all of us up the walls. And we would gladly climb them if it wouldn’t cost so much to get them repaired afterward. Granted, when you postpone it every time, you will end up with such a bill that moving out will be the only thing that will motivate you to begin needed repairs, but there are some steps you can take that, with little investment will go a long way. The idea is to maintain your home in such a good state that it never requires serious repair.
Although experts recommend that each home owner set aside anywhere between 1% and 3% of the house’s market value yearly for such requirements, it may be an exaggerated sum when you carefully plan ahead. It also may come in handy if you diligently did set it aside and can use it for an unexpected repair such as roof- repair or replacement.
The main things you need to take care of:
The essential thing when it comes to insuring that you own a safe, pest free home (which I find most bothersome) is to check humidity levels and free water around the house. Avoid large bushes, check that drainage is proper in and around the house, make sure the gutter does not pool water and constantly inspect pipes for leaks- no water means no termites. Also consider undergoing a termite search performed by an insect-control company. Make sure to contract the best pest control company if you are looking for the best results.
Freeze protection for faucets and pipes is also a precautionary measure worth considering if you live in areas with harsh winters. Walls are another important element if not the most important of your home. They do hold the roof up so to speak! So check for loose joints, cracked mortar or mildew, renew the paint on a regular basis and make sure that there are no misfits around doors or windows (it will save a lot on heating bills).
Your roof is the next thing to worry about. The most important thing is to prevent water damage so try to trim branches that are hanging over your roof or even worse, over the chimney. Be sure to replace damaged shingles, check the vents and clear bird’s nests or leaves that have gathered.
The electrical part is essential. Sure, you had an electrician check everything before buying the house but constant inspection is required. Simply check the condition of chords, plugs, appliances, fuses, circuit wires and be sure that everything is properly insulated. And be sure to check the attic as the most exposed wires are here. Heating and cooling systems should also undergo routine checking and this does not require much time or money.