There are a lot of little tasks that accumulate to big damages when ignored consistently. So, here are some basic home maintenance tips to include in a routine.
Cooling and heating system check-ups
It is best to hire an HVAC technician to get a professional and thorough cleaning every six months, preferably during spring and fall but you can do minor cleaning and change the filters yourself too. You should be changing the filters at one-month intervals, especially if you have pets.
Unclog your drains
Clogged drains can lead to big damages in your plumbing and replacing or fixing could be expensive. You need to clear out any clogs right away, especially the hair in your drain and any gunk in the toilet tank to ensure your plumbing is working smoothly.
Check under your sink (bathroom and kitchen) for any puddles that may be forming or any leaks that have not yet caught your eye. If you have any bathrooms in areas of the house that are infrequently used, you should do a check of water flow and drainage once in a couple of months.
Address the ‘big problem’
We all have bugs crawling around the house and the problem is best dealt with as early as possible. You can be inclined towards trying to use DIY methods, like sprays and whatnot, but for severe infestations like wood-eating termites, you should be going in with all force. It is best to get a professional exterminator because bug problems like this one can cause severe damage to furniture and property leading to huge costs down the line.
Check your smoke detectors
Replace batteries in your smoke detectors once every six months to ensure they are functional.
Clean out your refrigerator coils
The condenser coils under your fridge tend to collect dust over time and needed to be vacuumed to be able to perform to their full efficiency without needing to pull extra power and cause a spike in your electricity bill.
Clean out window wells
Debris that sits too long in the window needs to be cleaned out every now and then otherwise it solidifies on your windowsill.