This time of year is a great opportunity to get a head start on property maintenance that will help you avoid big repair bills later and get your home ready for the Spring and Summer. For those who’ve been trapped inside their homes to stay out of the cold, now is the time to rediscover the outside world. Start with these 15 tasks to get your home in good shape.
- Inspect your roof. Check your shingles and prevent leaks before they start!
- Clean your gutters. Prevent water damage by unclogging gutters and diverting spouts away from your foundation
- Clean or replace HVAC filters. A dirty filter forces your heat, ventilation and air-conditioning system to work harder, which in turn drains your wallet and could lead to big repairs.
- Clean your dryer vent. Clogged vents lead to costlier operation and is a fire hazard.
- Check the washing machine fill hose. A leaky hose under pressure can cause major damage in a short period of time, so you want to look for cracks that could become leaks.
- Clean and repair your window screens. Bring in some fresh air to your home. Properly installed screens keep the critters out.
- Clean decks, driveways, fences and other outside surfaces. Cleaning prolongs the life of your outdoor structures. Check for damage while you’re at it.
- Fix cracks in your walks, driveway and the outside of your home. Little cracks become big projects down the road. Seal them up while they’re small.
- Repair any cracked or peeling paint. A good paint job makes your home look nice, while providing a protective barrier from the elements. Touch-up painting is easy to do and inexpensive.
- Vacuum your refrigerator coils. Just like you’re A/C, the refrigerator has coils that pull and conduct heat. Cleaning them reduces operating costs.
- Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors. You never know when you’ll need them. Sometimes it’s a matter of life or death, so take the time to change the batteries now.
- Prepare your lawn mower for summer. Seasonal maintenance will extend the life of your equipment. So, sharpen those blades and change the engine oil.
- Check seals around windows and doors. Air infiltration can cost you big money on you’re electric bill. Checking seals on windows and doors will help reduce costs when running your A/C.
- Clear vegetation around your AC compressor. To work efficiently, the compressor needs good airflow. To ensure it has breathing room, prune any plant growth that could block it.
- Drain your water heater. Sediment builds up in your water heater tank. Use the spigot near the bottom of the heater to drain it. By doing so, you’ll prolong its life and reduce your utility bill.
Skylor R. Miller
Planning & Zoning Administrator