The value of their home is their largest financial asset. However, most people don’t do enough to protect it. We’ve all heard the old saying, “An ounce of prevention” and while some homeowners do heed it when it comes to their health, their investments, etc., very few homeowners do this regularly. This article will briefly review, and then discuss 5 easy home maintenance steps that can help protect this investment.
1. Resealing is a common task for driveways. Nearly all of them use a paved surface. Most driveways use blacktop because it is cost-effective and works well. Nearly every road uses this tar-based surface. Weather changes and chemicals (such salt) can cause minor cracks and other irregularities. Sealing this area on a regular basis is a cost-effective and efficient way to deal with it. Sealing the area in fall is especially important in areas where there is a lot of weather variation and temperature fluctuations.
2. Leaves: Make a commitment to clearing and removing all leaves from ground surfaces including lawns, gardens, and other surfaces. This will reduce the potential for greater difficulties and costs, including deterioration and damage to gutters and leaders. This can be done by the homeowner or by someone hired to do it.
3. Paint chips: It is best to address paint problems sooner than later. If you find exterior paint chips, it is important to remove them and then repaint the area.
Clear drains Clear drainage: To avoid ground water issues, it is important that you clear the drains. This will allow them to do their job as intended. Clear away leaves and other obstructions/ impediments to avoid flooding or excess, unavoidable icing.
5. Seal your windows and doors. Is there air leaking below, underneath, or sideways from exterior doors? Are your windows keeping out the cold? This can be avoided by using products such as door-sweepings and caulk to save energy and make your home more comfortable.
Although these steps may seem obvious, many people don’t take the time to address them. These 5 easy maintenance steps are a great preventive step!