We’re are always excited and happy about the new home we just bought. We just can’t wait to move into the dream home. Most homeowners get frustrated and they joy ends as soon as they move into the new home only to find unexpected repairs. Everything might have seemed fine when you moved but after a couple of years, things start changing as the basement start getting flooded and the roof start dripping. The good news is that you can avoid such catastrophes by maintaining and taking proper care of your home. Here are some money-saving home maintenance projects that need to be at to of your to-do list.
Inspecting your Gutters and Downspouts
An improperly installed and a damaged gutter system and downspouts will result in foundation damage. It will start with a leaking basement before the foundation gets damaged. May also result in wood rot and infestation of pests such as termites which might end up damaging your property. It’s, therefore, crucial that you maintain and clean your gutters on a regular basis. In addition, make sure the nearby trees are well pruned and trimmed to reduce the amount of debris and leaves falling on your roof. Remember to position your downspouts well so that they can effectively direct rainwater far away from your home’s foundation.
Attending to your HVAC system
Your home serves as a place of relaxation and comfort as you stay away from the busy and tiresome work and daily routine. The HVAC system in your home helps in regulating and keeping your home’s temperature comfortable during the different seasons of the year. These systems should be regularly maintained to ensure optimal performance and prevent them from breaking down. Work with an HVAC expert to inspect them at least every month and replace any damaged or worn out components.
Finding and Sealing Air Leaks
Make sure any crack, seam, and opening in your home is sealed to prevent loss of energy. Air leaks will increase the cost of your energy bill since they tend to suck energy from your home. Hire a professional to inspect and determine if there are air leak sources in your home.
Assessing your Attic Insulation
Your roof’s attic system is responsible for retaining heat, controlling moisture and ensuring proper ventilation. It’s important that your attic has proper insulation to make sure your home temperature is not affected. A well-insulated attic will keep your home cool during the hot summer days and warm in the cold winter season. That means you won’t spend extra or a lot of money on your monthly energy bills.
Checking for Water Leaks and fixing them
You can’t fix what you cannot detect. A good way of preventing water damage and mold or mildew growth is detecting and fixing water leaks early enough. Start with your under-sink cabinets and your ceilings. Any signs of staining on your ceiling would indicate roof leaks. Also check all your toilets. Don’t forget to hire a professional roofer to carefully inspect your roofing system for any damage or issues. This should be done at least once a year and anytime there’s a severe weather condition such as hail storms or high winds.