Five New Year's Resolutions for Home Maintenance

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Five New Year's Resolutions for Home Maintenance


We may be a little removed from New Year's Day, but it's not too late to make some 2016 resolutions for your home.

Five New Year's Resolutions for Home Maintenance

  1. Start a home repair slush fund: Things in your home are going to break and need to be fixed. It's just a fact that comes with home ownership. Rather than letting expensive repairs take you by surprise, start planning for them. Set aside some money each month that you can eventually draw from when an appliance breaks or unexpected damage occurs.
  2. Inspect your fireplace: Even if you have a gas fireplace, you should still inspect the valves and ceramic logs yearly to ensure that everything is operating safely and correctly. If you have wood fireplace, hire a certified chimney sweep to do the job.
  3. Maintain you garage door: Garage doors are big and heavy, and that puts a lot of stress on the hinges and tracks that are use to open and close the door several times a day. A regularly scheduled $50 inspection could save you hundreds or thousands in the long run.
  4. Tune up your furance: Regular furnace inspections will help identify minor problems before they turn into major ones. Also, set reminders to replace your furnace filter.
  5. Clean your coils: The number one refrigerator maintenance task should be cleaning the condenser coils. They can get clogged with hair and dust, reducing your fridge's efficiency. Have you cleaned yours lately? You can hire a professional to do it, but it's also an easy do-it-yourself job.

Comments (3)

Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

Great post you are right we do need to make sure we protect our most valuable asset our homes. Thanks for sharing the maintenance tips I hope you have a great day.

Feb 16, 2016 12:43 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks Cathy.  These are great tips for all homeowners to put on their to-do lists.

Feb 18, 2016 08:22 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Cathy, Great advice for the New Year! We see too much deferred maintenance. Sometimes good advice and a list can do wonders!

Feb 25, 2016 10:27 PM