Home Maintenance Tips

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Home maintenance is intimidating. Even if you’re good with tools, working on your home can take up a lot of time, energy, and worst of all, money. You’re better off leaving complicated projects to the experts, but there are little things you can do to keep your home in good shape. Here are a few:   


Check Roof

Your roof is your first line of defense against rain and snow, so it needs to be well-maintained. To start, make sure none of your shingles are missing or broken. If you’re nervous about going to the roof, you can use a pair of binoculars from the ground. You can also check for water stains in your attic, which can indicate problem areas. If you need to replace a shingle, the good news is that it’s quick and inexpensive compared to a full roof repair.  


Clean Gutters

Cleaning your gutters is a dirty job, but it’s simple and necessary to protect your home from water damage. Get some gloves and remove debris by hand, and then use a hose to flush out any that remains. You should also check to see that the gutters aren’t loose or disconnected. Finally, you should check the drainage - water should drain away from your home. If it drains near your  foundation, it could end up in your basement.


Clear Vents

Clean vents require less energy to heat and cool your home, resulting in a lower bill. Vacuum any dirt and dust, and check that your vents are connected properly. If they’re not, use some duct tape as a short-term solution until you have enough time to properly seal them.

While you’re at it, repair any tears in the vent screens - mice and other rodents are able to squeeze through tiny holes.


Service Heater/AC

It’s cheaper to get your heater looked at in the warmer months, so have a professional look at it before winter comes. If you have an air conditioner, replace the air filter and check that it’s running properly.

With some simple preventative maintenance, you can catch small problems and fix them before they become expensive. Do you have other tips for home maintenance? Let us know in the comments below.

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