Unlike pretty much anything else you may buy, your home does not come with an instruction manual, as helpful as that would be.
Some basic home maintenance tips are important to know so you can get better familiarized with your home, know how to tackle small tasks, and when it is better to leave it in the hands of a professional.
Take Safety Precautions
- Install fire alarms throughout your home. It is recommended to install one outside of each sleeping area, as well as in every bedroom. Test your alarms once a month and replace batteries immediately when they begin to “chirp.”
- Install Carbon Monoxide detectors. Carbon monoxide (CO) is known as the “silent killer” because it is a very lethal, odorless and colorless gas. There should be at least 1 carbon monoxide detector in each floor of your home. These should be tested at least once a month and replaced according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Have a fire extinguisher readily available in every floor of your home as well as in your kitchen. Become familiar with how to use the fire extinguisher, the steps to putting out a fire, and inspect each extinguisher monthly.
- Create a fire escape plan together with your family, making sure to include two escape routes for each room.
- Create a storm safety plan with your family including a list of emergency supplies, emergency contacts, as well as shelters in your area and evacuation routes.
Items You Should Inspect Regularly
- Your roof should be inspected twice a year for worn flashings, missing shingles, and loose seams.
- If your home has a chimney, it should be expected every year even if you do not use your fireplace.
- An inspection of your electrical system is recommended if you recently purchased your home, you have installed new appliances, you have completed a renovation, or your home is over 40 years old.
- A termite inspection by a state-licensed pest control company is recommended once a year.
- Your heating, air conditioning and ventilation (HVAC) system should be inspected twice a year. You can do this in the spring and again in the fall with a qualified HVAC contractor.
- Check all electrical systems regularly. Look out for things like damaged cords, switches or outlets that make buzzing sounds or are discolored or warm, and that all kitchen appliance cords are away from hot surfaces.
- Clean your gutters at least twice a year to keep them functioning properly and prevent water damage
- Depending on what type of sewer line your home has, it is advised to have licensed plumber clean them out about once a year.
- Keep up with your landscaping to prevent damage to your home or injury to someone. Prune hedges, trim branches, and remove bushes or trees with invasive roots.
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