Homeowners, we all know that real estate is a smart investment – especially as a long term asset. Overtime owning a home can be expensive – add up all the mortgage payments, taxes, insurance, fees for this, dues for that and let’s not forget to include when things need to be fixed!
The best way to minimize additional costs for repairs is to perform maintenance on our homes. This keeps our bank accounts happy and helps keep home values high!
Top 6 Essential Home Maintenance Items for Maximum Savings
HVAC MAINTENANCE – These heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems are responsible for a big portion of your home’s energy consumption. Keeping tabs on your system(s) can keep energy use low – which saves you money at the end of the month! This also ensures a longer lasting system in the long run. It’s not uncommon for each HVAC system to cost $5,000 to 12,000 to replace.
- Replace air filters every month to improve air flow and indoor air quality – don’t buy the expensive filters as they restrict the air flow and make your unit work harder = higher energy bill
- Schedule professional maintenance annually, to include cleaning the evaporator and condenser coils, lubricating any moving parts, and checking for leaks
- Cleaning the outdoor unit(s) and clearing debris that may obstruct airflow
- If you need a reputable HVAC company, we are happy to share our recommendations with you!
GUTTER CLEANING – when gutters are clogged, water ends up places it shouldn’t. Gutter systems are deigned to collect the water and direct it away from your house. Regularly cleanings of your gutters will help prevent any issues of water going back toward your home; for example, significant foundation repairs can range from $4,000 to $12,000 in just one section of the house, while roof repairs or gutter repairs can range from $300 to $1,100 for minor repairs.
- Remove leaves and debris at least twice a year
- Inspect gutters for damage, rust, or loose connections – water should collect and flow from the roof to the gutters to the downspouts and away from your house
- Ensuring downspouts direct water away from your home’s foundation
- If you need an awesome gutter cleaning service, let us know!
ROOF INSPECTIONS – The cost to repair any roof leaks and water damage are typically not cheap. Regular roof inspections help you identify and address issues early, potentially saving you thousands.
- Inspect roof twice a year, look for missing or damaged shingles, flashing, or other abnormal issues
- Check for signs of water in your attic, such as mold, mildew, or water stains
- Hire a professional roofer to make any necessary repairs
- If you need a roofer or an inspector, we are happy to make the connection!
CAULKING AND WEATHERSTRIPPING – As simple as this sounds, it can be one of the more expensive items as it adds up every month. This goes for areas where air or water is to be sealed. Sealing gaps in the doors or windows can save energy = lower monthly bill. Air leaks can cause up to 20% increase of your heating and cooling costs.
- Inspect windows and doors for gaps or cracks
- Apply caulk or silicone to seal gaps in window and door frames, around siding, or other exterior joints
- Applying weather-stripping or replacing door seals can help prevent air in doors and moveable windows.
- Apply caulk or silicone around sinks, counter tops, bathtub trim, and other areas where you don’t want water to leak past
- If you’d like someone to inspect your home and point these out for you, let us know!
WATER HEATER MAINTENANCE – Water heaters can cost between $800-$2,000 depending on which size and type you need. With regular maintenance you can extend the life of the water heater and improve its efficiency.
- Flush the tank annually to remove sediment buildup, which can cause the heater to work harder and use more energy.
- Check the pressure relief value to ensure its functioning properly.
- Inspect for signs of corrosion or leaks and address any issues promptly
- If you’d like a plumber recommendation, we are happy to share!
PEST CONTROL – Pest infestations can lead to costly damage and health hazards. One of the worst being termite infestations which can cost upwards of $3,000 or more. Rodent infestations can leads to an expensive repair as well especially if they get into your wiring, insulation, and HVAC systems.
- Seal cracks and gaps in your home’s exterior to prevent pest entry
- Keep your home’s perimeter clear of debris and standing water that can attract pests
- Schedule regular pest control services to inspect for and treat your property
- We’ve used a local pest control company for a while, do you need them to check your house out? It’s only $39 if you do. Let us know.