A home is probably the biggest asset people will own in their lifetime, next to their vehicle. Like a car, your home requires a certain amount of maintenance over the years to ensure that it will proper withstand weather conditions, general living wear and tear and to keep up its value. Without proper care, it is easy to see how a house can simply fall apart and not properly function like it is supposed to. Again, just like a car.
Here are the top six common home maintenance mistakes that people make.
Home Maintenance Mistake #1: Forgetting to Unclog Gutters.
Gutter maintenance is a really common overlooked maintenance task for many homeowners. It’s out of sight and out of mind for many homeowners. Gutters channel water away from your home’s roof and foundation. If you neglect to properly maintain your gutters, it can lead to roof leaks and problems with the foundation. It’s important to clean out your gutters for any clogs or backups at least twice a year. If you don’t want to do this on your own, you can hire a professional to help you unclog your gutters and check for any leaks or deterioration of your gutters.
Home Maintenance Mistake #2: Neglecting Dusting Duty.
Another common home maintenance mistake that people make is neglecting the battle with dirt and dust. Many people will take care of the obvious dirt or dust that they see visibly on a table or counter, but what about the dirt you can’t see? It’s important to change your air conditioning and heater filters regularly as they can build up dirt and dust, preventing proper air flow and energy efficiency. Additionally, cleaning the coils on the refrigerator is also advised to prevent premature breakdown and help keep down energy costs to keep your food cool. Dirt and dust also breaks down carpet fibers, causing increased wear and tear. You can help the battle with the dirt by placing doormats outside all doors and vacuuming carpet once or twice a week, especially if you have any pets.
Home Maintenance Mistake #3: Ignoring Leaks.
Plumbing leaks are probably the most costly of all of the mistakes, because ignoring even the seemingly smallest and “most harmless” water leak can eventually compound over time and result in a very expensive repair (or replacement) cost. From damage to laminate flooring, carpet, roofing, drywall, cabinets, insulation and unseen structural supports (such as wall studs or floor joists)—water leaks and damage caused by water need to be addressed right away. Ignoring these leaks can also prove deadly if mold and mildew start to develop.
Home Maintenance Mistake #4: Filling Grout Gaps.
The purpose of grout isn’t aesthetic. The purpose of grout is to seal gaps between floor tiles. If you have a gap in grout, you shouldn’t ignore them or simply fill them. Gaps in grout mean that moisture is already starting to get through the grout and mold or mildew growth, plus potential water damage, is already a risk. The best way to handle any gaps in grout is to clean out and remove any old grout and seal the gap with brand new grout.
Home Maintenance Mistake #5: Let Paint Chip and Peel Off.
Neglecting paint that is chipping or peeling is never a good idea. Cracks in the paint expose drywall or exterior wood surfaces. This means that water is penetrating the surfaces underneath the paint, which will cause further damage and only worsen the cracking and peeling paint. If you spot any paint peeling or chipping off, remove any loose paint from the surface, repair any damage, prime with a coat of primer and then repaint.
Home Maintenance Mistake #6: Disregard Foggy Windows.
If you ever notice foggy windows, it’s a potential sign that the seal of the window is broken and may need replacing. Disregarding foggy windows may result in added heating and cooling expenses, so be sure to replace the seal as soon as possible.
Owning a home is a big responsibility and it doesn’t make sense to neglect your home. Some neglect their home to save money, but as you can see, some of these home maintenance mistakes result in added expense (and headaches!). If you properly maintain your home, you will help save on a lot of unnecessary repairs and expenses, including additional energy costs to run an improperly maintained home.
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