Home Maintenance Tips for Busy People

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While many people dream of owning a home, many underestimate the work that goes into actually owning one. Apart from mortgage payments and piles of paperwork, there are maintenance costs that people overlook. That said, the feeling of owning a home equals no other. To help you with your homeownership journey, here’s a list of things that you should consider for the long-term maintenance of your home:

Keep the Plumbing in Good Shape

Plumbing issues have been the source of headaches for many homeowners, and it’s usually because homeowners only tend to the pipes when they’re already busted. It’s essential, as a homeowner, that you get your home’s plumbing and sewage system checked regularly. Whether it’s a septic tank replacement or a full retubing of your home’s water line, it’s best to address these big-ticket items while you’re ahead. Don’t wait until you’re caught up in a situation that can pose a health hazard before getting professionals involved. Whether you built or bought your home, it’s essential to be familiar with the state of its plumbing, so your best bet is asking the contractor who built your house.

Check Your HVAC

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There are few things worse than getting caught in the dead of winter with a broken heating system or in the blazing heat of summer with busted airconditioning. Homes’ HVAC systems are complex and expensive to replace. It’s imperative for homeowners to mind the maintenance of their HVAC system before anything goes beyond repair. A good tip is to ask your HVAC contractor to check your unit in the off-season. A month or so before winter, have your heating system checked. You are more likely to get a quick appointment with a contractor this way, and maybe even get off-season discounts as you’re not part of the winter crowd panicking over broken heaters.

Mind the Energy Savings

Many homeowners are unaware of how to conserve energy at home. It’s not only an environmental issue; it also saves you money and can even get you rebates! Saving energy doesn’t mean that you have to buy more duvets to keep you warm in the winter and never turn the heater up. All it takes is an energy audit of your house. Things as small as sealing off small spaces and cracks on the edges of your windows and doors can you save you a lot of money in the long run. Switching to solar energy, even partially, can also bring in long-term savings if it makes sense for your situation.

Keep Your Home Clean

Keeping your home clean is a must, but many people get by with just occasional sweeping and just wiping things as they go along. You can easily underestimate the amount of dust and dirt that gathers in your home even when someone’s not “dirtying” it up. Scheduling general cleaning every few months will help you keep on top of your home’s general cleanliness and will help you arrest issues like grime and mould before they become severe and costly problems.

Follow these tips and have a sizeable savings account to go with your clean home. Remember that a lack of maintenance can be costly. It’s better to get ahead of any issue instead of being caught by surprise!