DIY Home Maintenance Tips for Every Season
When you buy a new home, all you can think about is how excited you are to call your home your own. Because of all of the excitement, you might not be thinking about taking care of maintenance concerns right away. Oftentimes, you won’t have to worry about repairs right after buying a home, or, at least you shouldn’t have to worry!
As the years go by, maintenance issues will arise and it is your responsibility, as a homeowner, to take care of them. We’re sure that you’ve heard it before, but as a home builder that cares, we recommend that you get maintenance and repairs done the minute you notice any damages. So how can you keep your home looking just as new as it did the day you moved in? We’ve got just the tips you’re looking for!
Give the Exterior of Your Home a Deep Clean
With so much wind and dirt surrounding your home, you’ll eventually find the need to clean the exterior of your home. Make sure that all doors and windows are closed. Once you’ve made sure of that, you can begin to hose down your house to get rid of dirt and grime that’s accumulated over the years. You can even search for local pressure washing companies that specialize in exterior cleaning services. You can also just use your regular hose to clean off those layers of dirt, but it’s all up to you!
Get Your HVAC Serviced
This is one of the most overlooked aspects of a home. Your HVAC unit needs to be checked regularly because, if not, your unit will start to slow down. When you find the time, it is recommended that you have a professional inspect your unit and take any maintenance that they offer to keep your unit working as it should.
Clean Faucets and Showerheads
Faucets and showerheads will begin to collect calcium buildup, which is hard in texture and white in color. The water coming out of these spouts will collect the minerals the more that the calcium buildups. You can clean these spouts by mixing baking soda and vinegar, allowing them to soak and deteriorate the buildup.
Regrout Tubs, Showers, and Bathroom Fixtures
As the years go by, it is important that you regrout your tubs, shows, and other fixtures in your bathroom because this is where moisture can accumulate. Where there is moisture, mold will thrive. Old grout will also crumble and fall apart, so even if there isn’t mold, this still calls for new grout.
Remove Water Damage
Water damage is natural. The majority of homeowners will encounter this at some time during their homeownership. You might have fixed the cause of the water damage, but have you fixed the evidence? A coat of paint and a stain-blocking primer can help you get rid of these splotches around your home.
Have Your Roof Inspected by A Professional
The roof is also often overlooked when it comes to maintenance, but applying repairs and maintenance can immediately expand the lifespan, so you won’t have to worry about getting a full roof replacement. It is recommended that you have your roof checked by a roofing professional twice a year.
Trim Your Trees
As beautiful as they may look, those large tree branches can become a hazard to your home. Roof damage as a result of fallen branches can account for millions in home damage because it not only damages the roof, it damages many other systems in your home.
Unclog Your Disposal
As a homeowner, you will rely on your garbage disposal. It’s a great kitchen tool, but it will start to slow down after time if you do not check on how it’s doing and whether or not it is too clogged to go on. It is recommended to have a professional clean your disposal monthly.
Wash the Washing Machine
As ironic as it may seem, your washing machine can begin to grow mold, mildew, or you might even notice foul smells coming from the machine. This is because, after years and years of having to clean dirty clothes, the washing machine itself will gather all of those smells and let them sit. Thankfully, there are many cleaning solutions for this problem.
Do a Home Energy Audit
Cutting back on your energy use is not only beneficial to your utility bills but it can also maintain the health of your electricity. If you’re looking to find more ways to be efficient around the house, conducting a home energy audit can help you cut back. With an audit, you worry less about spending more on maintenance.
Create a List of Tasks to Complete Every Month
All of these tips are designed to be done at any time of the year, solely for the purpose of your home and its lifespan. We understand it can be a lot to get done in one month or time of year, so it could do you and your home some good by spreading out the tasks throughout the year.
Learn More About How To Maintain Your Home with Zia Homes!
If you want to know more about how you can make the most out of a home from Zia Homes, contact us today to learn more! We’re here to provide guidance with your home whenever you need it.