It's hard to believe it's time to ring out the old and bring in the new! I dare say we are all ready to ring out 2008 but let's consider bringing in the new and covering all our bases.
How about resolutions for your home??
There are many things we can do to save money on monthly energy bills and prevent costly repairs with regular maintenance and safety precautions and here are a few general tips:
Hire an Inspector: Contact an expert and hire a professional inspector who can show you areas in need of repair. Many small repairs can save you money if caught early. Having an inspection can also keep you updated with current safety codes to implement.
Check your batteries: Test smoke detector & carbon monoxide alarms to see if you need to replace your batteries. This simple precaution can keep you and your family safe all year long.
Water Heater check: Your inspector can ensure your water heater is in good working order thus cutting energy costs. Looking for corrosion around the plumbing, scorching in the burner compartment and regulating the temperature setting are just a few things the inspector will be concentrating on. In Austin many of our water heaters are located in the attic! "Yikes is that safe?" is a question I usually get from a relocating buyer. Yes, it is but it is doubly important to service your water heater yearly, you don't want a water heater bursting!
Every year most of us try to draft New Years Resolutions for ourselves. This year see if you can expand your list to include your home. Give yourself a gift that keeps on giving.... a home inspection.
Best Wishes for a Prosperous 2009!