Your home is most likely one of the biggest investments you’ve ever made. If you’re a new homeowner, you’re probably looking at a long future in your humble abode. This major investment, however, is one that needs its fair share of maintenance. Giving your home the attention it needs will ensure that it will serve you for a lifetime.
With the variety of home maintenance needs that come to mind, there is a suitable time for each to be addressed. While you can carry out certain chores on a seasonal basis, others are best taken care of more regularly.
Just because it’s winter, it doesn’t mean you can snooze on some important tasks. While the warmer seasons provide suitable conditions for a variety of outdoor fixes and touch-ups, winter brings its own list of maintenance and repair items to check off.
Keep an Eye Out for Leaks
The rainy season often calls for special attention to possible leaks, especially in the lower parts of your house such as the basement. Carry out a thorough inspection and take immediate measures when necessary in order to avoid water damage. One of the ways you can discover leaks is by assessing your usage; if you’re a family of two and your bill registers over 8,000 gallons in one month, then something is off. If you’re just not sure, consider calling a plumber.
Check the Roof and Siding
If you live in colder regions, you might notice a buildup of frost in your house. Grab your ladder and have a look at your roof as well as the siding for any icicles and ice puddles. Use warm water to melt them down before any damage is done.
Check for After-Storm Damage
When it rains cats and dogs, there’s bound to be a few claw marks left behind. After a storm passes, check the exterior for damage to the roof, from trees, and to above-ground components and carry out repairs if needed.
Clean Out Your Basement
As you’re inspecting your basement for leakage, why not take the opportunity to clean it out? Basements are typically used as storage areas and it’s easy to neglect them for extended periods of time. Giving them a proper cleanup at least once a year is essential for a healthy household.
Keep the Snow at Bay
The frosty season will most likely bring a good deal of snow. For the sake of convenience and safety, have a shovel ready to keep the snow out of your way across all outdoor pathways.