Protect Your Home’s Value with an Annual Home Maintenance Checklist
Owning a home can be one of the most rewarding things that can happen to us as adults, and there is a certain sense of pride in ownership that we gain after those years of hard work finally pay off. From building your credit, becoming established in your career, saving money, and competing with other buyers, buying a home can be a long, stressful process.
Now that you’re finally a homeowner, what can you do to protect your most valuable asset? Making an annual home maintenance checklist to help you tackle those big projects is your first step. Here are some important things to consider when maintaining your home.
Clogged gutters can keep the water from properly flowing through your gutters, which will cause the rainwater to overflow. After time, the overflow can cause serious damage to your roof, siding, and even your home’s foundation.
Mature landscaping can be beautiful, but it also comes with a lot of maintenance. Most people like to have their gutters cleaned in the Fall after the leaves have fallen, but if you have messy trees that blossom and shed a lot of pedals and seeds in the spring, you may want to consider cleaning your gutters in the Spring and Fall.
Soft washing the exterior of your home not only improves your curb appeal, but it can also protect you from future damages that will be much more costly in the long run. Power washing your home once a year will help remove dirt, debris, mold, and mildew from your siding, which will help prevent mold damage, fading, and discoloration.
Over time, dirt and hard water deposits will start to build up on your windows. If they are not cleaned regularly, it can cause irreversible damage and corrosion to the windows. Not only does it look bad, but when it comes time to sell your home, the damaged windows will either need to be replaced or they will decrease the value of your home.
Dirty windows can also block natural light and UV rays from entering your home, which can help to warm your home during the cold winter months. Cleaning your windows, a couple of times a year, will not only help prevent damage, but it will also make your home more energy-efficient.