Monthly Home Maintenance Tips.
Home maintenance is an important part of being a homeowner, especially on Long Island, where property values are insane. Taking care of small tasks and repairs regularly will help prevent larger issues from arising and keep your home in good condition. While this isn’t a complete list, we wanted to share some often overlooked tasks. Here are some recommendations for monthly home maintenance tasks:
- Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure that they are working properly. If the batteries need to be replaced, do so immediately. Its good practice to change your smoke detector batteries when we “spring forward” and “fall back”.
- Test your ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs): GFCIs are outlets that are designed to protect you from electrical shock. Test them by pressing the “test” button and making sure that the outlet cuts off power. If it doesn’t, have it repaired or replaced. While DIY projects are fun if you need to replace an outlet, contact a professional if you are uncomfortable in your ability to change an outlet safely.
- Inspect your windows and doors: Look for any cracks, gaps, or other damage to your windows and doors. Caulk any gaps and replace any weatherstripping that has become worn. Some windows may even need you to remove the trim and fill gaps with expanding foam.
- Check your air filters: Replace your air filters to improve the air quality in your home and keep your heating and cooling systems running efficiently. Depending on your system you might need a special filter. There are HEPA filters but they can restrict airflow, make sure you use something that is recommended by the manufacturer.
- Clean your gutters: Remove any debris from your gutters to prevent water from pooling on your roof and causing damage. Full gutters are overlooked way too often. Water is a home’s “public enemy” number 1. If you hate this chore, get gutter guards.
- Inspect your roof: Look for any missing or damaged shingles and have them repaired or replaced as needed. A leaking roof can lead to an expensive headache. Don’t overlook water spots, loose or weathered shingles, it can save you thousands.
By completing these tasks every month, you can keep your home in good condition and prevent larger issues from arising, ultimately putting more money in your pocket when you sell. Regular home maintenance is an important part of being a responsible homeowner and will help to keep your home comfortable, safe, and efficient.
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