Becoming a Home Maintenance Pro: Tips for Homeowners
By Dixie Somers and David Salmon


Many homeowners don’t think about home maintenance until something breaks, but that’s not the best way to take care of our homes. Whether you’re a new homeowner or have been settled for years, it’s never too late to cultivate some home maintenance habits. Basically, everything in a home must be updated or replaced within 30 years. So, here are three tips to help you protect your investment and keep your property in good shape: 

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Create and Follow a Home Maintenance Schedule
A good place to start is by following a home maintenance schedule. Just as our cars need to have an oil change, our homes and yards will need some regular maintenance. Home maintenance schedule apps such as HomeZada and Centriq are an easy way to get yourself on track. 

You’ll need to mow the lawn, clean the gutters and perhaps even top your trees from time to time. For pest control, you may need to spray or have ground treatment performed a few times a year, as well. When it comes to appliances, make sure to send in any warranties and follow the maintenance recommendations in your owner’s manual. For older appliances, many documents can be found online. You can find the model #s on your appliances and just google them with the make and the word “Manual”. You’ll typically find an online pdf that you can download and save in a folder on your device.

Don’t be afraid to do some research and speak with professionals about maintenance specific to your location. You can find them by posting on a local facebook group asking for contractors.  I am also happy to recommend great contractors to you who have done work for me and my clients in the past or those who come highly recommended by colleagues. These contractors tend to make your needs a higher priority as they wish to keep getting referrals from us in the real estate profession.

Have All of our Home Systems Checked Regularly
It’s important to get your electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems checked annually to keep them in good shape. Some of these tasks can be done yourself; for instance, you might need to clean air filters, remove debris from the vents and flush out your water heater. 

For more technical inspections, check customer reviews on YelpAngie’s ListGoogleFacebook, and the BBB when searching for a new company. Always go with one that is experienced, licensed, bonded and insured

Follow a Cleaning Schedule
Home maintenance often focuses on repair work, but keeping our homes clean can be just as important. In addition to once-a-week tasks such as vacuuming and dusting the shelves, deep cleaning every month or so can save you big in the long run. Moving furniture around, pulling out the washer and dryer to clean behind them and clearing out the garage gives you a chance to inspect for pest problems, water damage and similar issues that can quickly escalate into expensive repairs. Check out the Good House Keeping Cleaning Schedule and others online.

Being a homeowner is very rewarding on many levels, but homeownership comes with a great deal of responsibility. By putting in some effort on a regular basis we can keep our homes in great shape and enjoy them for many years to come.