Home Routine Maintenance
The Importance of Home Maintenance
While it seems like just another thing to add to your home budget list, regular home maintenance is definitely worth your time and investment.
While some repairs are inevitable as a homeowner, staying caught up on monthly tasks around the house can prevent major damages and save you money in the long run.
1. Saves money — Routine home checks can save you a lot of money. For example, a new roof can cost an average of $15 000. Water damage can cost you over $5000. Not sealed doors and windows can increase cooling and heating expanse. However, regularly checking the condition of your roof (or any area in your home, for that matter) can save you money in the end. Routine maintenance is a great way to avoid issues from occurring before they happen as you can fix small problems before they become large problems. Old rule still stands: $1 dollar spend on maintenance = $100 dollar spend on renovation!
2. Adds to market value — Most homes appreciate over time. Homes with curb appeal add up to 30 percent in value. So how do you increase curb appeal? Maintain your home! Homes with fresh paint, crack-free driveways, and well-kept yards are more desirable. This means your market value should go up if you choose to sell in the future.
3. Increases home safety — Home and yard maintenance increases the security of your property and home. Home invasions occur every 20 seconds, it’s smart to maintain home security. Burglars tend to target homes with overgrown bushes and stray branches because they provide easy hiding places. By maintaining your yard and property appropriately each season, you can protect your home and safeguard your family. Want to check in on your home while you're away or have it notify you if anything seems awry? It may even make sense to update to some smart security features.
Important Yearly Maintenance
Cleaning your gutters will help:
Prevent water damage. When gutters and downspouts are blocked with leaves and debris, rainwater may not drain properly. As water overflows from gutters, it can cause water damage on both the interior and exterior of your home.
Protect your roof. Clogged gutters give rainwater nowhere to run. When water continues to flood over, it can leave rotten or a leaky roof in its wake.
Keep pests from causing trouble. Gutters clogged with leaves can make desirable homes for rodents, birds, and insects. The last thing you want is a pest infestation in your home!
Reduce the risk of a cracked foundation. When water is blocked from traveling away from your home, it can pool around the foundation of your house. This water can crack your foundation when it expands and freezes in the winter months.
Save you money. Gutter and downspout cleaning can help prevent unexpected and expensive projects down the road. Taking preventive measures now can help minimize the likelihood of having to repair or replace your roof.
Now that you’re familiar with the importance of gutter cleaning, what’s next? While there’s no simple answer for how often you should clean your gutters, clearing gutters every fall and spring can help alleviate the risk of a potential homeowner headache.
Caulking and waterproofing:
Caulk is a waterproof filler and sealant that is often applied during building envelope repairs. When caulking a building, repair and maintenance crews using a caulking gun to apply the sealant to gaps, seams, and joints. Repair crews may use latex, acrylic, or silicone caulking for different applications.
Caulking has many benefits. First, it prevents leaks of air. In turn, this can help preserve indoor temperatures and humidity. Second, it prevents water from seeping indoors, preventing leaks, mildew, and mould. Finally, caulking provides a smooth and even finish for aesthetic purposes when it’s done properly by a professional.
Why Do Homes Need Regular Caulking?
Buildings are prone to wear and tear. This means caulking may crack, pull away, or break off over time. Making matters worse, important areas of homes can prove difficult to access. For example, a sunroof may not have been sealed properly for decades. This results in an extreme loss of energy, and therefore, a far greater cost for utilities. Properly sealed windows and trims are crucial for avoiding costly repairs caused by water damage.