Being a homeowner has never been fun. Paying the bills, taking care of the family needs and finding the time to deal with day to day issues.
Vancouverites were already fed up with a cold and long unusual winter – and now with days getting longer, it’s a great time to catch up with some of these common household chores.
We gathered a list of spring home maintenance tips you can tackle this year.
Home Maintenance Tips
Below is a list of popular at-home maintenance tips that are easy and simple chores for most homeowners.
Now is a great time to complete any deferred maintenance around the house.
Some homeowners should also consider getting a home inspection to learn more about other things that may pop up that they’re not aware of.
Replacing Your Furnace Filter
If you home has a furnace, replacing your filter is one tip that should be done on a regular basis. Many HVAC Technicians recommend that this should be done every four to six weeks. Depending on the type and age of furnace – may determine how often you should replace it.
Staying on top of this throughout the year can drastically help prolong the life of your unit and also help your HVAC run more efficiently. For best results, contact your trusted HVAC Technician to come by to evaluate and service it.
Clean Gutters & Downspouts
It tends to rain a lot during spring especially in Vancouver. If you have a poor gutter system, it is important that you have this corrected to make sure the rain coming off the roof is being properly directed away from the house and your foundation. Cleaning out your gutters and downspouts is a super easy home maintenance tip for you to complete this spring.
Seal Your Driveway
Maintaining your driveway can help prolong the life and give it a new look.Staining your driveway can significantly give the front of your house a whole new look. Your neighbors and friends will compliment you on it !!
Repainting the Exterior
As the home ages, paint around the exterior of your home tends to flake and peel away. You see this around the exterior trim of windows and doors.
Repainting the damaged and exposed areas will help further decay. With proper prep work, even damaged and weathered wood can be given a new life with a fresh coat of paint that will last for many years.
Caulking around Windows and Doors
If it has been a long time since you caulked your windows and doors, now is a good time to do. How will you know? Observe the caulking around your home- if its hard and breaking away, it’s time to re-caulk. A caulking job well done can protect your home against moisture intrusion and sealing those leaky drafts.
To check the amount of heat loss or where you can save on those bills, get an Infrared Scan done by a Certified Level 1 Thermographer
Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Smoke alarms are mandatory in all dwellings (homes and sleeping rooms). Under the British Columbia Fire Code, all homes – and all sleeping rooms within boarding and lodging houses, hotels and recreational cabins, are required to be protected by smoke alarms.
All smoke alarms should be replaced after ten years to take advantage of current technology and to reduce the chances of failure due to product deterioration.
Homeowners have a responsibility to install and maintain their smoke alarms.
If you live in Surrey the City of Surrey offers a free smoke alarm installation program
What Lurking Behind Your Stove And Refrigerator?
Most of us make it a nightly habit of doing the dishes and cleaning up the kitchen after dinner. However, your broom or vacuum may not reach the crumbs that make their way under your stove and fridge. These crumbs may attract insects and mice. As yucky as it seems, these critters are probably running around and multiplying in your home. Time to pull away and start the spring cleaning. You will be amazed of the amount of dirt behind these appliances.
Maintaining Your Water Tank
Water tank have an average lifespan of between 8-12 years, but with proper maintenance may extend the life span. A new water tank is not exactly cheap. Some recommend flushing out your water tank once a year – or even once every few years. There are plenty tutorials available online to learn how to properly do it step-by-step. If you are not comfortable doing so, you should contact your trusted plumber to come out to service and evaluate the water tank.
Deck Safety/Stain Your Deck
Deck’s have a lifespan of about 15 years. If your home has an older built deck, it will be a good idea to get your contractor come by an evaluate its structural integrity this spring.
A small amount of effort can keep your deck looking great longer. Just as you would wash the dirt off of your car, you should wash down the surface of your deck occasionally to keep leaves and dirt from damaging the finish. If the deck stain starts to show signs dullness- it can be easily cleaned up with a little wood brightener and a light maintenance coat of stain. That’s all there is to it. Surprise yourself !!
Cleaning the Exterior Siding
Whether your home has wood, stucco or vinyl siding- Improve the look of your home by giving your siding a good cleaning. With less sunlight hitting the north and south side of a home – mildew and algae tends to form. The mildew and algae are feeding on sugars, dust, dirt, or other things that are attached to the siding.
Depending on how much of an area that is affected this can be easily cleaned off. Restore your siding so it looks like new again. Make it the best home on the block !!
Dryers and Washing Machines
One of the leading cause of home clothes dryer and washer fires was failure to clean. If your home has a flexible vinyl vent, replace it with a metal dryer duct.You would be surprised the amount of lint build up that can gather inside a dryer vent. If you have not done it in a long time, it’s time to do it this spring. You can look up on Craigslist or google local companies who do these services
Plumbing Deferred Maintenance
As you lie in bed and hear the annoying drip of a leaky faucet, you are literally listening to money going down the drain. It’s a good practice to check for leaking faucets both in the kitchen and bathroom around your home on a regular basis. A leaky faucet can normally be seen visually and if you detect one, fix it immediately. Fixing a leaky faucet is a simple and inexpensive action which you can do it yourself. If you are not sure, get your local plumber to fix these for you. If you have moisture issues, get an Indoor Air Quality Testing to ensure there is no hidden Mold
Make a checklist of things to do and spread it over a few weekends to more done easily. If you are planning to put your home on the market, getting a pre-inspection will help identify any other concerns that you may not be aware of that can be potentially deal killers
Most active home buyers are looking for a home that that doesn’t have a lot of deferred maintenance.
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