If you Google the phrase home maintenance tips or house repair, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed.
Proper home maintenance is only as complicated as you want to make it. Some people love doing in-depth DIY repairs and dedicate budgets to projects, and others can maintain their home by only doing a few key things.
If you’re ready to learn a little about house repair and maintain your home like a near pro, make sure you do these four important things.
Check Your Roof
Major roof damage usually doesn’t start with anything dramatic. Often, a few missing shingles could end up costing you hundreds or thousands in repair costs down the road.
Take a time to do seasonal checks on your roof. Go up on your roof and check for signs of damaged or missing shingles. Also check for signs of water pooling or excessive amounts of leaves.
Clean Your Window Wells
Regularly cleaning window wells and even getting a cover for them can be one of the easiest and most cost-effective things you do.
A clogged gutter and a well filled with leaves or trash could easily flood your basement after a heavy rain. Leaves and debris can act like a pool liner and prevent proper drainage. The eventual pressure could crack a window and lead to flooding.
Go on Rodent Patrol
You may think that it’s just you and your family living in your home, but you could have some extra “residents” if you aren’t careful.
Mice and other rodents can bring a lot of damage and disease into your house. That’s why you should take time to regularly check for signs of unwanted pests.
You don’t need to see a mouse hole to know if you have a mice problem. If you see tiny bite marks along the walls or holes in boxes (especially in the pantry), you could have a mouse problem
Wipe Down Your Fridge Coils
Taking a few minutes to wipe down your refrigerator coils when you do your next fridge cleaning could save you from costly repairs in the future.
Dirt, dust, and grease can get stuck to the coils behind your refrigerator over time. It makes your appliance inefficient, and in some extreme cases, dangerous.
The coils are what your fridge uses to cool down. If they get too dirty your fridge could end up working too hard and break down.
If you have a lot of build up, consider using a vacuum hose attachment to get in all of the nooks and crannies. You’ll want to be sure to do a thorough job.