For most homeowners, home maintenance is a time-consuming task. No matter how big or small your property is, home maintenance involves dozens of repairs in varying frequencies. But you’re also busy, either with work, taking care of your children, or other tasks. As a result, you might be prone to skipping or overlooking some home repairs.
If you want to avoid costly major repairs or having to sell undersell your property, thorough home maintenance is a must. More than repairing roof leaks or the creaky step on your porch, below are often-overlooked home repairs to tackle this summer.
1. Outdoor plumbing
Whether you have a sprinkler system for your lawn or your home came equipped with outdoor spigot, you’re property likely has some type of outdoor plumbing. But because they’re outdoors, they’re usually forgotten when it comes to home maintenance. Next time you’re doing repairs around the house, make sure to check your outdoor plumbing for leaks and cracks. Leaky faucets can spray water against your house, which can leak into your walls and lead to dry rot.
2. Roof and gutter
When was the last time you took a look at your roof? And not just look but actually got up there and inspected the surface? If you can’t remember, then it’s probably due an inspection now. This is especially true if you live in an area like Colorado, which has recently experienced hailstorms. Your roof might need repair if it suffered from hail damage. Likewise, your gutter has probably gathered plenty of debris after spring and summer. Don’t wait until the leaves are falling this autumn and clean your gutter now.
3. Garage door
You might not have noticed it, but you probably use your garage door as much as your front door. But because it’s operated by a motorized opener instead of simple hinges, it needs regular maintenance. If you’re hearing creaking or rumbling noise when operating your garage door, have a professional look into it. Make it a point to clean and lubricate the springs, too, so they won’t rust and cause problems.
As the saying goes: out of sight, out of mind. The basement is one of the places this often applies to. But since this space often functions as a storage area, keeping it well-maintained is crucial to keeping your stuff safe. Every so often, check your basement for sump pump issues, as well as mold growth and flooding risks.
Your HVAC system is responsible for keeping you warm during cold nights and cool on hot days. It works all year round, but most homeowners only notice it when the air conditioner is broken or when heat is unevenly distributed. Guess what? These things happen because your HVAC system isn’t being maintained as often as it should. So before more problems show up, schedule an HVAC system maintenance. This only costs a few hundred dollars and technicians can pinpoint and repair problems before they become more serious and costly.
These often-overlooked areas of maintenance and repair can cause bigger problems in the long run. Get up and start paying attention to them now so you can enjoy the rest of summer worry-free.