Any new homeowner will quickly become overwhelmed with how much work owning a home can be. However, do not let this intimidate or scare you off of owning a home in any way. There are a lot of helpful hints and checklists to make sure that owning your home is smooth and as painless as possible. Even a first time homeowner can find this list to be manageable and keep their home in great condition for years to come. Below is a list of regular maintenance and checks to do throughout the year to make sure your home stays safe and in great shape for you and your family.
- Plumbing – Have the plumbing inspected at least every two years, and make sure that your family knows the best ways to prevent damage or clogging to pipes. This can include drains over bathtub and sink drains in order to catch hair, pieces of soap, or anything else that might inadvertently get washed down with the bathwater. This might seem like a small thing but it is one of the best possible ways to prevent clogs.
- Boiler – Have this checked about every year or so, and do it in the off season. Waiting for it to break is like tempting Murphy’s Law. If you wait for it to break it will undoubtedly happen during the winter when it is freezing and your family will not want to shower in the cold. Boiler repairs can take a couple of days, so doing the preventive work up front to make sure that you catch any problems with it beforehand can save you a whole lot of trouble and heartache. If you have the need and opportunity, consider switching to a tankless water heater as well. One of these from DRF Trusted Property Solutions can help prevent the need for boiler repairs later on and will avoid the chance of your family finding itself with a tank full of cold water with which to shower.
- Roofing – You will have this done during the initial home inspection and appraisal but do not forget to have it checked regularly. The time to do this is before or immediately after rough weather such as thunderstorms, hail, or heavy snowfall. It is not always possible to know when the weather is going to be rough, so making sure that you have a roofing expert look at it after extreme weather can help you catch damage early on before it becomes a problem.
- Heating and air conditioning – As with your boiler or water heater, you will want to have this checked in the off season. You do not want your heating to go out during the winter or your air conditioning to go out during the humid summers, so having it inspected yearly in between seasons can help avoid the trauma of extreme weather affecting your home and your family. You will still likely have to go outside in that kind of weather, but if your home is not comfortable, it almost does no good.