Your home is a big purchase. It may be your most expensive purchase. The price of a home is not limited to what you see on the listing. There are other expenses that come with it. Insurance, taxes, maintenance and repairs are some of the costs that you should factor in.
Why maintenance is important
No matter how sturdy your house’s construction is, it will still need maintenance. It is exposed to the elements 24/7, doing its job of protecting you, your family and your belongings. Over the course of only one year, your house may be subjected to any number of storms, snow, hail and of course heat. Every season brings with it a certain form of trial for your house and such punishment takes its toll. Without maintenance, your house will easily break down, piece by piece, over a short period.
Parts of your house that need attention
Different seasons bring different challenges to your home, but there are parts of your house that will always need some inspection, maintenance work or replacement every time the season changes.
Here is a useful list:
- Exterior drainage. The farther away from water your home is, the better. If pools of mud and puddles of water are forming too close, this may lead to moisture, which is your home’s enemy. Check your gutters and downspouts for blockages, holes, rust and cracks. See if they are still working properly to take water as far from your house as possible.
- Cracks and chips. Chipped paint or cracked siding is bad news. It won’t be long before the problem gets bigger and you find watermarks or moisture on your walls. Exposure is not good for any house; glass repair may be needed if your windows are letting out heated or cooled air and letting in draughts, says Unitedglass.co.nz. This is also bad news for your heating and cooling bills.
- Air-conditioning. Before summer, have your air-conditioner serviced. In the same manner, have your heaters serviced before winter comes.
Preparation is the key if you want to maintain your home. Maintenance and repairs can make it last a lot longer and keep more expensive work at bay.