A Quick Home Maintenance Guide for Busy Homeowners
If you’re like most Wilmington homeowners, budgeting for home maintenance often competes with a hefty to-do list. However, if you ignore these maintenance tasks for too long, you’ll risk developing problems in your home that cost more time and money to fix in the long run.
So, how can you balance a busy schedule with home maintenance responsibilities? Use this simple home maintenance guide:
- Schedule important tasks first. You may not have time to complete everything. If that’s the case, what can you absolutely not afford to miss? Prioritize well, and you’ll be better served by the time you have.
- Don’t be afraid to call for professional help. If you don’t have time to complete a job, or you’re not confident in your ability to do it correctly, hiring someone is a wise move. Just make sure to check for references, and see if they have the appropriate licenses and insurance.
- Triage your property. Walk around the inside and outside of your home, taking note of missing shingles, problems with condensation or moisture, drafty areas, overgrowth around outside HVAC units, leaks, debris, standing water and other concerns. Don’t fix what isn’t broken, and don’t neglect what is.
- Keep a list of maintenance tasks that can be done quickly. Changing furnace air filters can lower your risk of furnace failure and improve air circulation throughout your home. Plus, it should only take a few minutes. Caulking windows can also raise your home’s energy efficiency — just work on a different window each day.
- Integrate some maintenance tasks into your daily activities. For example, make it a habit to check cords for fraying or damage when you plug something into an outlet. You can also check drains for leaks when you use water fixtures.
At Sobieski Services, Inc., our goal is to help our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey learn more about energy and home comfort issues – especially HVAC and plumbing issues – so that they can save money and live in healthier, more comfortable homes.
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