Whether you plan on living in your home for the long haul, or simply a few years, you will want to take care of your home and do upkeep in order to retain the home’s value for when you decide to sell in order to help you get the most money out of your home as possible. The cost of your home isn’t simply the list price that you bought it for. There are all sorts of additional costs that will follow you for the life of your homeownership such as, taxes, and upkeep. Just like a car needs regularly scheduled oil changes to keep running smoothly, a house need some tender loving care as well to remain in top shape over the years and to retain its value. The following are some good tips to keep in mind when taking good care of your home. You will want to inspect HVAC filters and replace them if necessary. Your filters will get dirty to varying degrees based on if you have pets, or any specific allergies. Just be sure to check them monthly and change them out when needed. You should also clean out your kitchen sink disposal on a monthly basis. An easy way to do this is to make vinegar ice cubes then let them run down the disposal. It is a great way to clean and freshen up your disposal which no doubt gets quite the beating. There are some things that you should do quarterly to keep your home in top shape and to retain its value.
One thing you will want to make sure to do is to test smoke and carbon dioxide detectors. This will help to keep your family safe and alert you in the event of a crisis. Another thing to do is to test your garage door for its auto reverse capability. Since 1993 federal law required all garage doors to start reversing after about a second or two because there were so many child deaths.
Next, there are some things you should do annually each season. In spring, you will want to clean out the gutters, inspect the exterior or your home, consider having your air conditioning unit serviced, and clear dead plants from the house. This is also a great time to check up on the condition of your roof. You will want to check for leaks and/or shingles that might need replacing. Advanced Roofing Solutions serving the Houston area is a great resource for anything roofing you might need. In the summer, you will want to inspect all plumbing for any leaks, check the grout in your kitchen/bathroom or wherever some might be, clean out your window wells and clean out your garage. In the fall, you will want to flush out the hot water heater, get the chimney cleaned, check your driveway or pavement for any cracks, and winterize any air conditioning unit. In the winter, you will want to regularly check for icicles, tighten anything in your home that could have a lose screw, check the locks and deadbolts on your doors and windows, and clean your showerheads to remove buildup. So keep some of these tips in mind throughout the year when trying to keep your home in tip top shape and retaining its value well.