Did you know 45.6 Billions CAN dollars were spent by Canadians performing DIY maintenance on their
homes? Most homeowners want their homes to last a long time, and with a few
preventative maintenance tips and annuals checkups, a homeowner can prevent
costly repairs down the road.
Here’s a quick checklist
of best practices for new homeowners.
Gutters and Paint
As a homeowner, your
first step to maintaining your home is to walk around the exterior. With the hustle
of our daily lives, it’s easy to forget to take the time to inspect what could
be wrong with your home in such an obvious way.
Cracks in your concrete
or driveway might go unnoticed. Broken shingles or chimney wear might not be
seen for several months. Every month you should check for water pooling outside
your house or any issues in the facade, especially if snow has accumulated.
Check your gutters to
ensure that there’s a controlled flow of rainwater from your house. Protect
your roof, siding, and foundation by managing the rainwater coming off of your
home. If your gutter clogs, you could end up with a leak or water infiltrating
your home without realizing it.
Exercise caution while
on the ladder, as you could be seriously hurt. However, cleaning and clearing
your gutters is a simple job that just about any homeowner can do on their own.
Gutter services are relatively inexpensive because of this.
Now look for problems
with exterior paint. It protects your shingles from damage and rot even more
than it looks nice. Touchups and fresh coats are pretty common for homes that
are more than a few years old.
Scheduling jobs in the
spring ensure that you have your home completely painted by the time cold
Scrub It Down
Believe it or not, cleaning
the exterior of your home is a good way to prevent issues. Scrubbing and
washing the windows and exterior walls from grime will not only reveal any
damage but can prevent damage that grit and grime can cause.
Stary by closing all of the
windows and covering your ground and hedges with plastic sheeting. While you
might want to rent a power washer, don’t do that as you could end up doing more
damage than good. Damage to your masonry isn’t worth it and could cost more
than you expect to pay just to clean your house.
In most cases, people do
this with a garden hose on a warm day. Avoid heavy detergents, especially if
you love your lawn and plants. Use just a bit on hard to clean areas, but for the most part,
spot cleaning with a hose can do everything you need it to do.
Clean the Patio and Pool
While your patio or your
deck might be getting little love during the winter and you might think the
melting snow will clean it, think again. There’s a layer of grime that may be
hiding on your porch or deck, especially if it’s dark-colored.
Leaves and debris within
your boards could end up causing them to split apart if water collects.
Start by wetting down your
deck with a hose and spraying it with a light cleaning solution. Scrub with a
broom and spray it with the hose again. If you have a solution to prevent
algae, you can apply it to prevent wood rot after you’ve thoroughly cleaned it
Pool owners know that
the benefits of having a pool can sometimes barely outweigh the costs on a bad
day. Changing out your water, checking on your filters and valves, and
then hiring someone to clean your pool could cost you hundreds of dollars.
By doing some preventative pool maintenance and clearing out your pool during the
colder months, you could end up saving a lot on repairing it later.
Reverse HVAC Cleaning Schedule
While you might think
that cleaning your heating system during the warm months and your cooling
system during colder months makes sense, it can be hard. Scheduling someone to
do maintenance when everyone is using their systems means that the wait times
will be longer. Have technicians come by and check for damage during the times
when the system is at rest.
Cleaning your ducts and
vents might be pricey but it’s well worth it to have
air that’s easier to breathe. Families with older folks, kids, and pets can
suffer worse from bad air quality. Clean ducts ensure that everyone breathes
easily and is less susceptible to respiratory issues, which can be more common
during colder months and allergy season.
Plumbing Above and Below
Part of winter-proofing
your home includes giving your plumbing a quick inspection. Cracked or leaky
pipes can become major issues during the winter. As the water cools, the water
filling your pipes will expand and could cause more pressure that leads to a
Faucets should be
checked for drips as those that happen between the cracks or under your sinks
could lead to later rot. A winter drip isn’t so bad, but once things start to
heat up, mildew and rot will form. This will cost a fortune if it gets as far
as the frame of your home.
A New Homeowner Can Make or Break a Home
Whether you’ve moved
into a newly built home or a pre-owned home, the way you treat a home can
determine how long the home will stay in good shape. The attention of a
homeowner to the exterior and interior of a home ensures that the home
can withstand trends in cold or warm weather.